It is important with any long-distance solo adventure to be properly equipped. One of my biggest decisions, other than the selection of the boat, is the equipment I will use for navigation, tracking, and emergency rescue, if needed. I have selected the best rowing skiff for this adventure, the Heritage 18’ by Little River Marine. You can learn more about this sturdy open water rowing skiff on my website. For navigation, tracking, and emergency response, I will be using a satelitte communicator that sends and receives messages anywhere in the world. With a long battery life that I will recharge using a mini-solar array, I will use this device to:
- Access marine charts for navigation
- Send GPS coordinates to my command central – my partner Julie Johnson
The success of the Miami 2 NYC Challenge hinges on three main areas of preparation between now and the launch date on May 1: the boat, training, and fundraising. All three are going well but the most exciting for me and ultimately the most important is the progress with fundraising. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the support expressed by the businesses who have sponsored my row. They include the Maple Guild, the Amherst BID, Wright Builders, and Berkshire Design Group. Their sponsorship plus the contributions from individuals puts the Miami 2 NYC Challenge at over $41,000!! I invite your support of the Miami 2 NYC Challenge which will provide critical funding for the construction of the JPMHC and for accessible and affordable health care in our community. Thank you!
My first river row of the season turned out to be surreal as I encountered icebergs and rainbows!!! Don't expect I'll be seeing many bergs on Miami 2 NYC!! In any event a very successful row and my body held up nicely. Well enough to finish with a 1-hour indoor rowing session tonight.