Lia Ditton

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Around Farallon: Record Attempt

Tomorrow - Tuesday 24th April - I will venture out the Golden Gate and head for the Farallon Islands, to set what could be (subject to ratification) a new Guinness World Record. Paul Chinn from the San Francisco Chronicle will be at the San Francisco Yacht Club at 7AM to photograph my departure. The weather [...]

By | 2018-04-24T05:23:25+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Weather Window: Confirmed

My Record Attempt is 100% go! go! go! for TUESDAY THIS WEEK!! Departing from the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, I will row some 70-75 nautical miles, solo and unsupported, clockwise around the Farallon Islands, passing beneath SE Farallon and rounding North Farallon before rowing back to the Golden Gate Bridge. On record, no [...]

By | 2018-04-22T21:04:55+00:00 April 22nd, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Latest News

After a tough start to the year, I have finally turned a corner! Last week I rowed to the Farallons Islands. 70.2 miles total in 48 hours, with the ships and the whales and the sharks!!! I recommend a comfy chair and a fresh brew to read the theee ‘Snakes & Ladders’ blogs on how [...]

By | 2018-04-09T20:57:39+00:00 April 7th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Snakes & Ladders – Final Part 3

Click here for Part 1 I got back on the oars at 04:48 and rowed for a while and then checked the time. It was 05:08. I rowed for another stretch and looked left towards Ocean Beach to check progress. Time? 05:25. Sometimes you just want to arrive, like ta-dah! But rowing, paddling, walking… these [...]

By | 2018-04-04T23:43:42+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Snakes & Ladders – Part 2

Click here for part 1 Spag Bog at 4AM anyone? Ever since the labels floated off the tinned food on the family boat one holiday, spaghetti bolognese has been known in my family, as spag bog. That’s what dad wrote (with a grin) on the tin before the next batch went into the bilge and [...]

By | 2018-04-06T17:05:24+00:00 April 4th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Snakes & Ladders – Part 1

“WAIT!” A man hurried down the dock towards me and my boat. I looked around, but there was no one else on the dock. “You’re leaving too soon!” he said. I was 30 minutes from departing to row to the Farallon Islands. The man, who introduced himself as David Holscher fished out his phone and [...]

By | 2018-04-04T04:44:47+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

To The Farallons And Back

Tomorrow I will depart from the SFYC in Tiburon and row towards the SE Farallon Island... and back. This is not the world record attempt (Golden Gate Bridge > round the Farallons > back to the Golden Gate Bridge), which is pending approval from the Guinness World Record Association. But a warm-up. A 24-30 hour [...]

By | 2018-04-07T03:56:02+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|3 Comments

The Farallon Plan

December 31st I received a message via my RowLiaRow FB page. Would you be interested in joining me as I transport scientists to/from the Farallons as part of the Farallon Patrol on 1/20? It’s the only way ‘civilians’ ever get to go ashore on the Farallons. I slept on it and replied yes. My hesitation? [...]

By | 2018-03-26T00:19:54+00:00 March 25th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

NEW BOAT: Designer Announced

I am delighted to announce I will be working with Antrim Designs on the new boat for my World Record Attempt to be the first woman to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean. After my first solo sailing race across the Atlantic in a 35ft trimaran, I delivered an Antrim 40 trimaran 1,000 miles [...]

By | 2018-03-22T19:30:23+00:00 March 18th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Big Waves: Bigger Boat

Click here to read Part 1. “I’m in” Captain Rod texted at 08:33AM that morning. After our aborted mission, we were on again for tomorrow! Captain Rod and I had worked together before, in the 2014 and 2016 edition of the Great Pacific Race (a rowboat race from Monterey to Hawaii). I was the Safety [...]

By | 2018-03-09T04:14:41+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments