London, 15 September 2016 – YO! the innovation hub founded by Simon Woodroffe OBE has announced today that it will be supporting Lia Ditton in her attempt to become the first woman to row solo and non-stop across the Pacific Ocean.

Departing from Choshi in Japan, a peninsula 130km due east of Tokyo, in May 2017, Lia will row some 5,500 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean to San Francisco in California. It’s expected to take her between 120 and 180 days to complete her journey. To date, there have been 16 unsuccessful attempts and only three successful North Pacific solo crossings, all of which have been by men. Lia’s journey will make her the third solo rower and the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean.

Lia is well-placed for a successful journey having sailed 150,000 nautical miles – the equivalent of 8 laps of the globe – crossed the Pacific 3 times, the Indian Ocean twice and the Atlantic 9 times, of which 3 times she raced across alone. Lia is also the 53rd woman to row the Atlantic and the 64th woman to row any ocean.

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