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Katie Spotz’s Trans-Atlantic Row For Water


Katie Spotz, a 22-year-old woman, will soon be hopping in her rowboat and rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. She would become the youngest person to row the ocean solo, and the first American, if she completes the journey.

Part of the reason she is doing this is to raise $30,000 for Blue Planet Run. The Blue Planet Run is a San Francisco based non-profit funding safe drinking water projects for the billion people around the world in need.

Her row will start in Senegal, on Africa’s west coast, and go to Cayenne, French Guiana, in South America. The long and presumably arduous trip is expected to take between 70 and 100 days. The only thing powering her boat will be her body, as she will not be using any sails, motors, or lassoed dolphins.

Keep tabs on Katie’s progress and donate to the cause at her website – Row For Water.

5 Comments For This Post

  1. Tatiana Rezva-Crutchlow Says:

    There is an inaccuracy in the statement made in the first paragraph: it says “Katie will become the first American” … to row an ocean solo? or to row an ocean? or to row the Atlantic?
    The first woman to row any ocean solo and the first American to row the Atlantic solo was Tori Murden, who rowed the Atlantic East to West in September- December 1999.
    The first American to row an ocean was Patric Quesnel, who rowed Mid-Pacific solo (from La Push, Washington State to Hawaii) in 1976.
    The first American woman to row an ocean was Kathleen Saville, who rowed the Atlantic (1981) and the Pacific (1984-85) in team with her husband Curtis Saville.
    So the correct definition of Ketie’s records will be as follows:
    1. The youngest person to row an ocean solo;
    2. The first American to row the Atlantic from Africa to South America.

    For further information please visit the website of the Ocean Rowing Society Int., the statistics of ocean rowing:

  2. Kathleen Saville Says:

    Thanks, Tatiana for correcting the blurb above.

    I was about to write in as well and correct the incorrect claim: “and the first American”. Sorry, Katie, but I was the first American woman to row an ocean. Also, you’re 22, I was 23 years old when we started the Atlantic. I turned 24 5 days later off the coast of Morocco.


    Kathleen Saville

  3. Renu Kumar Says:

    Hi Katie, congratulations on your Trans-Atlantic row. You have accomplished a challenging task considering your age :-)
    Cause for rowing is great!!

    Looking forward to see more from you.

    Best regards,

    Renu Kumar,
    Bangalore – INDIA

  4. voyage maroc Says:

    C’est cool de partager cela avec les internautes !

  5. cergs Says:

    hi katie… youre amazing..keep it up. i like you..

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