1999, it was the first time when i stumbled upon an article about Ocean Rowing. I read about a woman named Tori McClure, who was the first woman who attempted to row across an entire ocean. It felt strange reading these lines – some part of me was amazed, the other part afraid – but over all, i felt like i hitten by a stroke in this moment. Could I ever archive something that impressive in my life just by rowing? I dove into the matter. One leg first, i started reading, investigating. And dove deeper and deeper into it. And after a while the fear was replaced by knowledge, by facts. Some time later, i read about Roz Savage, an english woman who rowed the Atlantik and was going to battle the Pacific. I don’t know why, but it was Roz who finally put some gasoline onto the fire that was ignited before by Tori. I met so many people, knew so much about the topic at this time … it was time to make it happen! I met even more people, had long, long discussions about my plans, i underwent medical tests … and of course, finally told my family what i was attempting to do.
Right now, i am working really hart to prepare myself as good as somehow possible. I train and exercise many hours a day, try to find new sponsors (which is even harder sometimes!), enhance my knowledge about every little related detail and work to get my boat ready in time. I study to get all the required licenses and authorizations. An endless list of tasks as you may expect. But i keep it with John Fairfax, who said once: “I consider live pretty much useless until we can do with it what we want to do, or what we feel we have to do” … And i don’t need the earth to tell me what i can do. I know!
I know exactly from my own experience what i will have to deal with offshore and i exactly know what it takes to battle it! It is still a long way to go before i even can tip one toe into the water in La Gomera, but what ever it takes, i will be ready to succeed – no doubt about it! Step by Step i shorten the distance to the harbor and i am happy to have so many helping hands aboard! So many people in my team.
Stuart Boreham – Solo Ocean Rower: “When Janice told me about her ambition to row across the Atlantic ocean, I knew – from my own experience – exactly what would be involved. Her detailed plans include obtaining a boat prepared and equipped to the best possible standard and she has demonstrated, to me, the right approach, attitude, mental toughness and physical stamina required to succeed. Proud to support her personally, I would encourage both sponsors and individuals to get behind her too.”
Mylene Paquette – Ocean Rower: „When I first learned about Ocean rowing, I was sure that I was going to get involved with that incredible world at some point in my life. After only a couple of days on my first journey on Atlantic Ocean, I was sure that I would come back one day all by my own. Rowing an Ocean is about the preparation and when we get to the start line, half of the way is already done. I’ll do whatever Janice will need to help her accomplish her objective to be the first German to row solo an Ocean. She is currently doing everything in order to succeed and to involve securely in that passionate adventure.“
Jan Meek – Ocean Rower, Polar Racer, 2x Guiness World Record Holder: „The qualities needed to succeed in a big adventure like rowing an Ocean are 20% physical; you need to train get fit and be prepared and 80% mindset. When my son in 1997, then 23 asked me, then 53 to be his partner to row across the Atlantic many people tried to undermine me; you are too old, too small and not a rower. I knew that my desire determination and will would get me across that ocean, and I made it. I know Janice has all the these qualities in abundence and have no doubt that I will be raising a glass of champagne to celebrate her success and welcome her to that special group of adventurers who seize the day.”
Rachel Smith – Ocean Rower: Janice first approached me through the Association of Ocean Rowers and since then we have been in touch constantly. I have been very impressed with the progress she has made so far and continues to make. Hard work, preparation, persistence and attention to detail are vitally important to any successful ocean row and Janice is certainly on track to achieve her dream. It takes endless dedication to make the start of an ocean crossing and Janice certainly has the right attitude to do just that… and make it to the other side.
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