PORT TOWNSEND, Wash (KOMO) - Growing up in Port Townsend, water has shaped Eliza Dawson’s life in many ways. First, it led her to the rowing team at the University of Washington. Then the ocean guided her in the classroom, graduating with a degree in atmospheric just days ago.
But before starting her PhD in the fall, she now turns her attention to combining these passions – rowing 2,400 miles across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii.
“I’m really excited about this adventure because I’m both an avid athlete and a young aspiring scientist and I care a lot about our future,” Dawson said.
She and three other rowers from the UK will make the trip in the name of climate change.
Dawson trains four hours a day, and in the rest of her time, tries to fundraise the $14,000 she still needs to buy enough supplies for such a long time at sea.
“I will be spending more than a month at the interface of the ocean and the atmosphere, and that’s a really special place.”
Beyond trying to break the record of 50 days for an all-female crew, she looks forward to collecting data that will help in her future studies, including plastics in the water.
After seeing where the ocean has guided her so far in life, Dawson says she can’t wait to see where it will take her next.
“As a young scientist I am the future in climate, and I really hope this row can spread awareness and spread the message that it’s time for political action now.”
Dawson says to break the record, they plan to row in 2 hour shifts around the clock.
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