3 incredible women have just rowed across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Hawaii, as part of the Great Pacific Race!  These are The Girls Who Dare. 

Not only have they achieved this exceptional challenge – but they have also broken the World Record for this challenge by 2 whole days!

Here are some of the stats to blow your mind:

  • They rowed 2,400 miles across the pacific unaided
  • The boat was just 24 foot long
  • They had to live and sleep on the boat for 60 days
  • They are epic!

The driving force behind taking on this challenge was to raise awareness about the opportunities for girls to step out of their comfort zones and live their full lives. 

At the Harlequins Foundation we are passionate about using sport to drive positive change for people’s lives.  We have several dedicated programs designed to encourage girls to get active as sadly by age 14, just 10% of girls are doing the recommended amount of physical activity*.  

We were lucky enough to catch up with Vicky Anstey, one of the rowers and a Harlequins Foundation Ambassador about how they are feeling. 

She said, “I think we are all most looking forward to catching up on sleep, eating all the food we missed while we were away (we lost a total of 35kgs between us!) and seeing loved ones”

The teams representatives went on to say:   

“Girls Who Dare concluded their epic row across the Pacific on Friday 30th July, beating the existing World Record for a female trio and setting a new time of 60 days 17 hours and 6 minutes. As complete novice rowers, the girls (Vicki Anstey, Jane Leonard and Orlagh Dempsey) beat the odds – and overcame unprecedented weather conditions to cover 4,000kms between San Francisco and Hawaii. Raising vital funds for 3 different charities, of which the Harlequins Foundation is one, the girls sought to prove that anything is possible if you dream big and dare to do more with your life.”

Anna Tranchell, Relationship Manager at The Harlequins Foundation said – “We are blown away with what this team have accomplished, they are an inspiration.  We are so lucky to have such incredible supporters to ensure the Foundation can continue to reach the most isolated and vulnerable people in The Harlequins heartlands.  We cannot wait to see the team when they are home and congratulate and celebrate their success properly – we hope they are having some much deserved down time!!”

The money raised is being split between 3 charities, one of which is The Harlequins Foundation.  The money donated through this incredible challenge will enable the Foundation to reach isolated and vulnerable people, and help change lives.  

So far, the team have raised an impressive £90,000 of their £130,000 target – if you would like to help these girls achieve another dream, you can donate via their Sponsorship Page

Girls Who Dare

*References available on request 

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