The Indian Ocean in 850,000 strokes

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Around three-dozen rowers — solo, in pairs, four-crew teams and an eight-crew team — set off April 19 from Western Australia, intent on crossing the Indian Ocean.

The Woodvale Indian Ocean Rowing Race is the world’s longest, at more than 3,100 nautical miles. Rowing 12 hours a day for anywhere from 60 to 100-plus days, it will take some 850,000 strokes to make the crossing, according to organizers.

An eight-person crew dubbed Aud Eamus and comprising three Americans, three Brits, an Australian and a Belgian is raising funds for the California Adaptive Rowing Program. Follow the team at www.piraterow.com, or the race at www.indianoceanrowingrace09.com.

This article originally appeared in the June 2009 issue.