Vancouver women hope to become first Canadians to row across the Pacific

Global News

Two months from now, two Vancouver women will attempt to row 3,900 kilometres across the Pacific Ocean all the way to Hawaii.

They will compete against more than two dozen rowers from around the world who will set off from the coast of California for the inaugural Great Pacific Race on June 7.

Leanne Zrum and Rebecca Berger are the sole Canadian contenders in the race and have been preparing for months to row their 22-foot long boat to Honolulu.

Their goal is to become the first Canadians to row the Pacific, and the first female pair to complete this history-making race.

The women plan to take turns rowing in two-hour shifts, while constantly evaluating their physical and mental condition.

Physical fitness will be the least of the strengths they will be calling on to get through the race, which can take anywhere from 40 to 80 days.

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