Pair of Vancouver rowers set to make history crossing the Pacific Ocean (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

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Vancouver rowers Rebecca Berger and Leanne Zrum are poised to make history as the first Canadians – and first women’s pair – to make a trek to cross the Pacific Ocean unassisted.

Participating in the inaugural Great Pacific Race, the duo will begin their 3,900 km expedition in Monterey Bay, California on June 7, 2014. Rowing for 24 hours a day in two hour shifts – barely allowing time for sleep – Berger and Zrum anticipate arriving at their destination in Honolulu, Hawaii within 80 days and over a million oar strokes of their departure.

As the pair will be completely unassisted out on the waters, their custom boat will be stocked with all the necessities they will need to survive the journey, including food, water desalinator, navigation, communication and video systems. These systems will be charged by solar panels.

They will be showcasing all their high-tech gear and detailing the plans for their landmark journey at an Official Send-Off Party at the Jericho Sailing Centre where their rowing club ClubLocarno is based out of.

The duo won’t just be paddling for a historic moment on the Pacific, they will also be digging their oars into raising funds and awareness on ocean health issues for the David Suzuki Foundation. 

The send-off party for Berger and Zrum will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jericho Sailing Centre at 1300 Discovery Street in Vancouver. 

The only other pair to cross the Pacific Ocean are Guinness-World record holders Chris Martin and Mick Dawson for their journey from Choshi, Japan to San Francisco Harbour, U.S.A. in 2009.

Row The Pacific
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Row The Pacific
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Row The Pacific
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Row The Pacific
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Row The Pacific
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Row The Pacific
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