Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Rowing the Pacific
Premieres Thursday 10th May, 9.00pm
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Overcoming perilous hurricanes, life-threatening electrical storms, 50-foot waves, near starvation and a fire that almost took their lives, Mick Dawson and Chris Martin set a new world record when they rowed 7000 miles across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to San Francisco in just 189 days. With exclusive access to the unique footage they recorded on board every step of their journey, Rowing the Pacific makes for a compelling, high adrenaline one-off programme. From the very start, Mick and Chris knew they were putting their lives on the line by even attempting this highly dangerous voyage. There had already been six failed attempts - including one fatal one - to cross the North Pacific. Mick himself had been involved in two of them, including an expedition that ended in a terrifying capsize when his boat was flooded by a freak wave. This film tells the amazing story of two men who were pushed to the edge and beyond, yet who survived it all to tell a remarkable story of human endurance and courage.

SF Bay Digital Images participated in an emergency food drop 100 miles of shore for Mick and Chris. We also filmed their crowning glory as they rowed under the Golden Gate Bridge.

Chris Martin and Mick Dawson aboard the state of the art rowing vessel "Bojangles" are in their final stage of rowing to the San Francisco Bay from Japan. We caught up with them in a helicopter just over 100 nautical miles off the coast of Northern California to make a food drop. You can follow Chris and Mick on "Bojangles" on their Golden Gate Endeavour at www.goldengateendeavour.com . They expect to arrive in the San Francisco Bay in the next week.
The Boat The vessel specifically designed and constructed for this challenge is Bojangles. At 23ft long and 6ft wide, Bojangles is the most technically advanced ocean rowing vessel ever constructed. Manufactured from a Carbon-Kevlar composite woven material (by Woodvale Challenge), it is incredibly strong and durable, whilst at the same time being the lightest material suitable for the construction of an ocean going vessel. The woven construction increases the impact resistance threefold, while the method used to cure the resin ensures that the strength of the boat is not limited by the strength of its joints. In addition, renowned yacht designer John Shuttleworth was employed at the design stage to highlight and implement specific structural requirements for this vessel and her particular voyage, all of which have been incorporated into the final build.

The Helcopter A jet ranger piloted by Wayne Lackey of Wine Country Helicopters.
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