Natalia Cohen is a team member of Coxless Crew, a team attempting to be the first female fours boat to row unsupported across the Pacific Ocean from America to Australia. Her ‘real world’ job is in the travel industry – with 15 years’ experience of living and working in over 60 countries and includes adventure tour leading, operations management, teaching / training, volunteer and project coordination as well as working within the Super Yacht industry and eco-lodge management, running a remote safari lodge in East Africa. She is setting out in April alongside team mates Laura Penhaul, Emma Mitchell and Izzy Burnham.
“…We regularly get asked the question of ‘why?’ We draw our inspiration from those women that have never given up in their fight against breast cancer or their will to get back up after injury…”
Ordinary yet adventurous women setting out to row 8,446 miles across the Pacific and raise £250,000 for two charities
It’s not very often that a once in a lifetime challenge comes along and this is one of the reasons that compelled the four of us, ordinary yet adventurous women, to embark upon an extraordinary expedition.
We are the Coxless Crew, a team attempting to be the first female fours boat to row 8,446 miles unsupported across the Pacific Ocean from America to Australia. On completion we aim to raise over £250,000 for two charities, women injured at war through Walking With The Wounded and Breast Cancer Care.
Two hours on, two hours off the oars 24 hours a day for six months
Our Pacific Ocean row is a huge endurance event, with two hours on the oars and two hours off, 24 hours a day for six months, fully testing the team’s mental and physical capabilities. Our boat, Doris, is a pink 29ft ocean rowing boat and will be our home from April to October of this year. We will burn over 5,000 calories a day and endure seasickness and physical and mental exhaustion.
Drawing inspiration from those women who never give up
We regularly get asked the question of ‘why?’ We draw our inspiration from those women that have never given up in their fight against breast cancer or their will to get back up after injury, which is driving us to face the challenge of never giving up when faced with adversity.
This incredible journey will begin in April 2015 from San Francisco, California and finish in Cairns, Australia, with stops in Hawaii and Samoa to repair and restock the boat and to have an opportunity to share our story through the media.
Meet our new Patron, Kylie Minogue
We are thrilled to have Kylie Minogue as our new Patron, as she is someone who has beaten Breast Cancer herself and dealt with her own battle. Kylie aligns perfectly with our ethos and values (strength, perseverance, integrity, resilience, inspiration and trust) and she continually empowers women, which is what we believe our expedition is all about.
Having agreed to support us, Kylie said:
“I am delighted to have become Patron for the Coxless Crew and to be supporting their incredible expedition that is raising awareness for the women who benefit from the charities they are rowing for. From my own personal experience of having fought and overcome cancer, I know how difficult it is sometimes to find that necessary inner strength.
These four women are going to face unexpected challenges I cannot even begin to imagine out there on the ocean and will have to learn how to overcome them. The passion and dedication that Natalia, Laura, Emma and Isabel have already shown is remarkable and I hope their journey will be as joyous as it will be tough. I wish them all luck and success and I will be following their progress closely.”
With just over a month to go before we embark upon our voyage, the time seems to be flying and we are ensuring that our mental and physical preparation is the best it can be and that everything is in place before our imminent departure.
All stations go!!
Doris is now in the process of being shipped to San Francisco, there are meetings organised for medical and equipment training sessions, family and support team meetings, schools talks, various PR and media opportunities and the beginning of our fundraising. It really is all stations go for the four of us right now!!
Get involved – #BuyAMile
We are building public support through our #BuyAMile initiative where you can buy a mile (or more) of our journey for £10 per mile and get your name or that of a loved one written on the inside of the cabin wall to travel the Pacific with us.
Follow our progress
You can follow our journey and progress via a satellite tracking system through the website or our Facebook / Twitter Pages and share in the highs and lows of the arduous and epic expedition that lies ahead. Welcome aboard!!