The Coxless crew in Apia, Meg Dyos, Lizzane van Vuuren, Emma Mitchell and Laura Penhaul with Natalie Mitchell in black
BY Victoria Leota
APIA, SAMOA: MONDAY 2 NOVEMBER 2015: The record breaking Coxless Crew of four women who have rowed the Pacific Ocean landed in Samoa today after conquering the ocean since 20th April 2015 when they left San Francisco, USA.
Arriving at Apia today, and escorted into the harbour by three single rowers, the group includes Meg Dyos, Lizzane van Vuuren, Emma Mitchell and Laura Penhaul were welcome by the diplomatic representatives of Australia, High Commissioner Sue Langford and the British Consulate General to Samoa Taulapapa Brenda Heather-Latu and Digicel Samoa who is sponsoring this event.
Ms.Dyos will be replaced by Natalie Mitchell on the next leg of the journey from Samoa to Cairns Australia.
The team was supposed to arrive in Samoa at the end of August but due to variations of the doldrums in the International Convergence Zone of the Pacific, that target could not be reached.
However the rowers were a day ahead of schedule as they were expected to arrive in Apia 03 November.
British Consultant General Taulapapa on behalf of the British Government acknowledged the achievement of the Coxless Crew especially on their arrival in Samoa at end of the Rugby World Cup.
Taulapapa said the achievement is a remarkable voyage in the history of Samoa and in many countries and their effort to support the charities is no doubt stronger now, that they have finished the first leg of the event.
The Coxless Crew is raising funds and awareness for two charities – The Walking of the Wounded and Breast Cancer Care sponsored by Australian and British pop star Kylie Mingoue.
The purpose for this is to challenge those who are fighting cancer and hope this will encourage them not to give up fighting the disease.
The Coxless Crew hopes to inspire others to reach their potential, push through their boundaries and meet and overcome the challenges that life throws at them.
“We have no idea that we would come this far, we’ve been battling the elements but we made it here to Samoa,” said Lizzane van Vuuren.
The journey will see the Coxless Crew covering 2810 miles and will take them around 45 days and will leave Samoa after seven days of resting.
Digicel Samoa was sponsoring the event together with the Samoa Cancer Society.