Hi, I'm Rebecca, Tara's partner. Unfortunately Tara is finding it hard to fit updating her blog into her rowing day so I have taken over so everyone can hear about what is going on out there.
As you will all be aware Tara was delayed in leaving and it was a rough few days with wild wind and seasickness taking its toll. However I spoke to her this morning (birthday morning on the sea - beat there was no mud cake out there!) and things are looking up. She said everything around them is grey on grey on grey but the sea was flat with not a breath of wind so hopefully that made for good miles covered today.
She has had many visitors of the wild variety already including sharks! Her favourite was in the early hours of the morning when two sealions came to pay a visit - she described them as synchronised sealions. They both rolled onto their backs together, lifted the same flipper, put it down and then raised the other one in perfect unison. Definitely gave her a giggle! Another 'awesome' experience was having a pod of about 30 dolphins rush towards them, Tara did try to rush to get the Go Pro out and wake Angela but by the time that had happened they were gone!
She would like to say a big thank you to everyone who has sent messages via the tracker - it makes their day to receive the messages of support and the occasion joke. If you would like to send a message go to the home page an I will continue to update the blog when I have heard from her.
Below are some pictures from their boat launch....
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014
California to Hawaii Part 2 on May 15,2014
By Angela Madsen 4/30/14
|Tara Remington Website|
So little time to go and I seemed to have booked every minute of it! Tara arrives on the 13th bringing portions of her own rations. I have discovered that I can’t really pack food till she gets here…that will make the 13,14 and 15th kind of crazy. I am doing my best to get Public Relations work done but with so little help at this point I will just have to move on. The isolation of ocean rowing starts long before you ever get in the boat. We always seem to manage and make it without much but how great would it be if? Sigh and shoulder shrug. I am hoping leaving from my hometown that we can have at least as much support as Annie Desalernos of Northwest Paralympic Sport Clubs & Foster Anderson of Shared Adventures and all who managed to muster up support In Santa Cruz last year.
I do these rows half way across the world and this will be my 4th Ocean crossing. Tara Says the question she gets asked most is about the support boat and do we have anyone out there with us. Answer “No, we have each other” My number 1 question I get asked is “Why didn’t we here about this”? Believe me it’s not for our lack of effort! I’ll make one last effort and PR blast out and it will go where it goes. I don’t have the budget or time to do any more than that.
|Long Beach Marine|
Adaptive or Para Rowing has changed my life! Through adaptive rowing I have gained incredible strength… to be able- and even to row across oceans. Over the years I have worked to provide many others the opportunity to better themselves through participation in adaptive rowing. We created a California Adaptive Rowing Program Go Fund Me page to raise money to purchase boats for the program which only has 2 boats that are operational and still floating. Unfortunately we can’t continue to operate without equipment. I used to think rowing across oceans was the most difficult thing to do on the planet but really fundraising for a 501c3 when you are a little fish is way more difficult. The Big fish leave very little for the little fish to survive and its big fish eat little fish, doggie dog out here, survival of our rowing program is depending on my ability to fundraise. If we don’t make it, what little we have will be given to another little fish or great cause. The 20,000 goal is possible if everyone just put in 5 bucks… that is one pack of cigs or 1 drink. Go to Go Fund Me--California Adaptive Rowing Program or if you are not comfortable donating online
mail check to CARP (California Adaptive Rowing Program) 3350 E. Seventh St., # 231 Long Beach, Calif. 90804. Thank you in advance for your support J