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In the first ever Indian Ocean Rowing Race! The youngest ocean rowing team ever are set to make history and be the first rowing pair to cross the Indian Ocean.


Distance: 3,600 miles

Time: 90 Days (3 Months)

Start: Australia (Geraldton)

Finish: Africa (Mauritius)

Dangers: Sharks, Storms

Power: Rowing

Equipment: Solar Power

Food: Freeze-dried ration packets

Competitors: 14 boats

Research: Earthwatch




The Boat

Name: Southern Cross

Size: Length 7m (23ft) by 2m (6.3ft)

Rowers: 2, Jamie & James

Type: Woodvale pairs; Marine plywood boat


The boat is completely self sufficient and is designed to carry all necessary equipment and supplies. Drinking water is produced by a water desalinator, and the aft cabin is designed so that both members of the crew can sleep at one time. Electricity is produced by a solar panel fitted to the cabin roof powering the GPS and other essential instruments. As for the toilet…Bucket and chuck-it!



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Ocean Research


Rebecca Adlington

"There are plenty of water based challenges, but this has got to be one of the toughest. 4,000 miles with up to 80 days in a boat under your own power is unimaginable - and you are both only 21 years old! I wish you all the best for the race and well done for raising so much money for charity, an amazing achievement. GOOD LUCK"