What does my donation support?

Recovery on Water (ROW) is a rowing team for breast cancer survivors.  Your donation supports ROW in providing more services for more survivors, specifically allowing the organization to buy a fleet of boats to fight cancer with in 2012 and beyond. Each rowing boat costs approximately $25,000. Raising $150,000 allows ROW to buy six new boats.

What is a typical day like on the boat?

6:00am Wake up and eat breakfast, check weather.
6:30am Row for two hours
8:30am Mid morning meal, prep water for the day
9:00am Row for two hours
11:00am Lunch #1, take position and plot chart
12:00pm Short break, powernap
12:30pm Row for two hours
2:30pm Lunch #2
3:00pm Row for two hours
5:00pm Dinner, contact land team with progress, scrub bottom of boat (when needed)
6:30pm Row for two hours
8:30pm Stop rowing, secure boat for the night, sleep

Where do you sleep?

I will be sleeping in Liv’s watertight cabin. A ventilator will assure that I get fresh air throughout the night, and I’ll have to buckle up in case of any rough nights at sea.

What if there is a storm?

When storms occur, all loose material must be stored and oars fastened to the boat. I will deploy a “sea anchor”, an underwater parachute that prevents backward drift and minimizes the fall between waves. I will then take cover in the rear cabin. The boat is designed to withstand thirty-foot waves and will self-right if capsized. Even so, she could lose more than 100 miles (two-three days worth of rowing) in a single storm.

How will you navigate?

GPS units, VHF Radio, Sea Me Radar Reflector, navigation lights, and pilot charts are all important tools for navigation. GPS units can calculate latitude and longitude, direction of heading, speed and many other useful navigational data. By mounting a plotter GPS on the outside of the boat, I can continually see the direction of heading. A VHF radio will be used for close range communication with passing ships. At night, navigational lights will alert other boats of my presence. Every few hours of rowing, I will plot my progress and can adjust the rudder with toe steering if needed to stay on course.

How are you training?

To prepare for the row, I am rowing, cross-training, and running. While I spend much of my time rowing, I also swim, bike and run to keep things “interesting”.  An essential part of training will include trial rows on the Great Lakes.  I currently have Liv at the Lincoln Park Boat Club. For much of my indoor training, I am spending my time with the knowledgeable (and motivating) staff at Rowfit.

What are the potential injuries?

Blisters, sores, sunburn, bruises, rashes, pulled muscles and swollen joints are the most common injuries that occur with long distance rowing. I will have an extensive medical kit on board and have gained a First Aid certification. I can take rest for minor injuries but in an emergency where rowing is not possible, I will activate the EPIRB for rescue.

Will your progress be tracked?

While I am on the water, I will be tracked via satellites which will update my position several times a day. Come back soon to see my progress on this website!

What about capsizing or falling overboard?

Due to the design of the boat, if the boat capsizes it can flip upright. I will wear a safety harness at all times so if I fall overboard, I will remain connected to the boat. As a solo rower, it is vital that I remain connected to the boat at all times when outside the cabin.

Will you bring music?

Yes, TONS of it! In fact, I need suggestions…won’t you please send me some?