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After months of intense training, British rower sets off from San Francisco towards Hawaii, across the Pacific Ocean alone and unsupported…

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The 28-year-old will row up to 16 hours a day aiming to becoming the fastest and youngest woman in history to row the route alone. It is part of the inaugural The Great Pacific Race.

Throughout her record-breaking attempt Elsa is supporting The GREAT Initiative in its mission; the creation of a world where women and men have an equal chance to thrive.
“There have been fewer women who have rowed solo across an ocean than people on the moon. Elsa is unique, fearless and an inspiration to us all. We are so proud that she has chosen to support GREAT. She is the embodiment of everything we stand for,” said Mariella Frostrup, trustee of The GREAT Initiative.
Alongside her support for GREAT, Elsa is supporting her endeavour with her popular ‘2,400 miles: 2,400 women’ campaign.
Members of the public are invited to dedicate a mile to an inspirational woman in their life. Each nominated woman will accompany Elsa on her journey as an engraving on the boat and will be celebrated publically when Elsa reaches that mile.
Recent supporters include Dame Judi Dench who made a donation towards the row and Duncan Lawrie Private Bank, which dedicated a mile to every female member of staff to celebrate its own team of inspirational women.

She will be entirely unsupported on her custom-built boat with no engines, sails or external help.

About Elsa Hammond

Elsa Hammond is a dedicated athlete with a history of taking on difficult challenges. Her past achievements include rowing for her college at Oxford University, pole vaulting at varsity level, sailing in the South Pacific, conservation efforts in the Borneo jungle and daring expeditions on foot, including a heroic attempt at traversing the Black Cuillin Ridge.
Elsa has prepared her mind for the physical exertions and isolation of the row, and has the support of world-class coaches, nutritionists and trainers. She holds professional qualifications including RYA Yachtmaster Offshore Theory, First Aid at Sea and a VHF Radio licence.
She is also a Bristol University PhD student, and an alumna of Oxford University and Durham University.

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