Where it all started
I was first introduced to rowing while a freshman at U.C. Davis where I was a four year oarsman. During my rowing career I was fortunate to spend several summers rowing competitively for clubs in both Seattle and New York. After I graduated, I spent two years at Davis coaching rowing and then coached the Varsity Women's Rowing Team at Santa Clara University for six years.
In 2015, I got my first taste of open water and ocean rowing in the Monterey Bay. A year later, I was hooked and joined a 4 person team competing in the Great Pacific Race. The following year I rowed my second ocean as part of the Polar Row, a rowing expedition into the Arctic Ocean. Rowing on the ocean is truly one of my happy places and I'm fortunate to share several Guinness World Records for ocean rowing with my teammates, including the fastest 4 person crossing of the Mid-Pacific Ocean and the northernmost latitude ever reached by an ocean rowing boat.
GREAT PACIFIC RACE
During the 2016 Great Pacific Race, I rowed as part of Team Uniting Nations. The team brought together 4 rowers from 4 different countries with the common goal of winning the race. Our team rowed in a classic style ocean rowing boat and not only won the race, but we set the Guinness World Record for the fastest 4 Person crossing of the Mid-Pacific Ocean with a time of 39 Days, 12 Hours, 20 Minutes.
In 2017, I rowed as part of the Polar Row expedition. As a team, we set out to be the first boat to row from south to north and north to south in the Arctic Ocean. The expedition was broken into two legs. On the first leg we rowed from Norway to Svalbard, crossing the Barents Sea. For the second leg of the expedition, we aimed to row from Svalbard (the town of Longyearbyen) to as far north as possible and then head south to Iceland. The highlight of the expedition was rowing to edge of the Arctic Ice Sheet and setting a record for the northernmost latitude ever reached by a rowing boat at 79º55'50"N.
Having reached the ice sheet, thus having rowed as far north as possible, we turned south and headed towards Iceland. Along the way we navigated through massive ice drifts and encountered several large storms. We eventually made a stop on the Island of Jan Mayen, which is home to a small Norwegian Naval and meteorological station. It was on Jan Mayen where we decided to safely end the rowing expedition. Fortunately, we were able to catch a ride back to mainland Norway, courtesy of a Norwegian Coast Guard boat. Our team will be forever grateful for the hospitality and the open hearts of everyone who welcomed us on Jan Mayen.