By CAPosts 24 June, 2020 - 04:02pm 1092 views
Angela Madsen shared on her social networks images of how she worked to tune Up RowOfLife (Facebook)
After three days without news, the T-shirt Angela Madsen was found lifeless on the boat on which she sought to meet a personal challenge: crossing the Pacific Ocean in solitude. The woman was not a rookie on such voyages, along with her partner Helen Taylor, had become the first to cross the Indian Ocean and by 2014 had already managed to cross the Pacific with a colleague.
To this feat, the Paralympic athlete had been preparing for months and daily posted photographs of her training. But for this kind of feat the boat is as important as the person and that is why for a long time Madsen had been equipping RowofLife.
The six-metre-long, 1.8-meter-wide ocean rowboat. It was custom-built by James Fabrizao in the UK to sustain life at sea during long ocean crossings. It is equipped with all the updated marine electronics, GPS, satellite phone, solar panels and even a desaliner so that it could be hydrated with the sea water. One of the two compartments serves as a room for Angela to sleep and the other as storage not only of food, but also of a life raft and two additional sets of oars. She and her wife painted it and decorated it with a shark's mouth on the bow and its port name.
The boat was also equipped with waterproof, voice-activated cameras to film on the road, as the challenge would be the subject of a documentary that would also tell its life.
Angela Madsen was to be the first paraplegic and longest-to-do woman to cross the Pacific (Twitter: @msparasurfer)
Madsen's journey began in late April from Los Angeles, California, and his destination was Honolulu, Hawaii. In total, crossed 4 thousand kilometers of the Pacific Ocean and would take between 3 and four months, depending on the weather conditions, although its goal was to achieve it in 100 days. Unlike other challenges, it did not have any support, such as a backup boat, and carried food with it for 150 days. In addition, I would paddle for 12 hours per day, constantly exchanging two hours of rest for two hours of activity.
On Wednesday, after being found dead, it was reported that she had traveled some 2,000 kilometers since her departure (about half of the path laid out) and maintained permanent communication with his wife and the producers of the documentary. On June 21st, The last notifications of Madsen were recorded, their last message was last Sunday: "Tomorrow is day to swim. I have to re-chain my bow anchor flange in case there's a big storm. It was unleashed some time ago. I've been using the stern.
The site RowOfLife.org through which the 60-year-old woman's journey could be followed, published a statement after the sad news was confirmed: "Angela was a warrior. A life forged by incredible difficulties, she overcame everything and defended the exact path she imagined herself since she was a child. Rowing alone in the ocean was her biggest goal. She knew the risks better than any of us and was willing to take those risks because being at sea made her happier than anything else. told us over and over again that if he died in the attempt, that's how he wanted to leave."
ted dead and tied to her boat to the Paralympic T-shirt Angela Madsen as she crossed the Pacific
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