Most of my working days on land include a Horleys Protein Bar somewhere around afternoon tea time. So, when I found out I was headed out to row the Pacific, I got in touch with the team at Horleys and asked if they would be keen to get involved and provide sponsorship in the form of a Protein 33 bar a day for each day I was at sea. You may notice that in the picture, all my bars are Cookies & Cream flavoured-that was my choice since I am very happy to find what I like and eat the same thing every day. They also make other great flavours too, and I encourage you to give them a try. If they aren't already a favourite of yours, I'm sure they will be. Thanks Horleys for supporting The Pacific Row 2014 'Rowing for Charlotte'!
Thank you so much Bryan Johnston and Seko Omni-Channel Logistics for sponsoring our great looking sponsors tees. It sure is a lucky thing to have a father-in-law in the shipping business! Before, during, and after the row, having those tees on us and our supporters made sure that our sponsors got lots of world-wide exposure. And check out this page from the LA Times where most of our sponsors logos got snapped in a photo and received some global visibility. Thank you Seko Omni-Channel Logistics for supporting the 2014 Pacific Row 'Rowing for Charlotte'!
When I was taking inventory of all my gear before the Pacific row, I found my old personal locator beacon and noticed it needed a battery service. I took it down to Safety at Sea where the wonderful Tristan broke the news to me that a service wasn't possible and my old beacon was ready for the wreckers. We started talking about my previous Atlantic rows and the sponsorship that Safety at Sea provided during those rows. I am happy to say that after our chat, Tristan spoke to people at McMurdo and Baltic, and I went off to row the Pacific with a brand new Baltic Harness/Lifejacket combination, a safety line to keep me tethered to the boat in inclement weather and at nighttime, and a McMurdo Fast Find Personal Locator Beacon in case I ended up in the water very unexpectedly. All of these things made my mother-in-law particularly happy since this was going to be the first row she had to weather. I am happy to report that I got a lot of use out of my Baltic Harness/ lifejacket and safety line and it saved my bacon on more than one occasion. I am even happier to report that I never had to use my McMurdo Fast Find Personal Locator Beacon. Thank you Tristan and Safety at Sea for arranging this sponsorship and helping me get home safely!
Thank you so much Sian and family for your Mr. Biltong sponsorship for The Pacific Row 2014 'Rowing for Charlotte'! My connection to Sian's family began back in 2007 when her incredibly generous dad Pete loaned my 'Unfinished Business' teammates and myself his boat 'Commando Joe' so we could raise a heap of money for the Meningitis Trust and become the fastest four women to row across the Atlantic Ocean in the process. Like Charlotte's family, the Rowlands know what a devastating and irrevocable effect Meningitis can have on a family. They lost a dear brother and son to Meningitis and have actively worked to raise awareness and funds to fight the disease. It was very generous of Sian to sponsor our biltong for the row and we were even lucky enough to get a piece of artwork from her son Arion to decorate our cabin! Thank you Sian and the Rowland's family for all that you do to raise awareness and funds for Meningitis, and thank you so much Mr. Biltong for supporting us on our Row for Charlotte!
Before the 2005 Atlantic Rowing Race, I was in the right place at the right time. Some of the teams with more food than room on their boats were giving away some of their excess food. I saw packets of Expedition Foods Rice Pudding in the pile. As a kiwi, I had never had Expedition Foods before but as a fan of rice pudding, I was happy to give it a go! I grabbed all I could carry and headed back to 'Sun Latte' to stuff my sachets into any spaces I could find. After two hurricanes, a tropical storm, and a shark attack, you can imagine how great if was to discover that my rice pudding was extremely tasty! The only problem was that I didn't have more of it on board. In the 2007 Atlantic Rowing Race, fortune again smiled upon me when I saw in the 'free food' pile, some leftover Expedition Foods Rice Pudding packs as well as an entire box of M&Ms. Like the good little pre row scavenger I had become, I again grabbed all that was available and ran back to our boat with delight. I was willing to share all the M&Ms with the girls, but if they had come near my rice pudding stash, we could have had a war on our hands! When the 2014 Pacific Row possibility became a reality, I wasn't going to leave my rice pudding supply to chance. As a seasick rower, when you find something that works in the food department, you take lots of it! So I got in touch with the team at Expedition Foods and they gave me a great price so I could dine on rice pudding every day while at sea if I so desired. So by week 2, when I finally finished 'feeding the fishies', I did just that. It was rice pudding every day until week 8 when my supply ran out-the row took a little longer than expected! I really want to thank everyone at Expedition Foods who helped me become part of the first women's pair and the first kiwi to row across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii.