After nearly two months at sea, Elsa Hammond arrived safely in San Diego this morning, Saturday 2nd August.
Elsa left Monterey Bay on June 9th, bound for Hawaii as one of only four solos in the Great Pacific Race. After battling 30ft waves and fierce winds, the final solo remaining in the race by over a month, she made a considered decision to alter course towards Mexico, and was assisted up the coast by a race support yacht.
Elsa covered almost 1,000 miles solo and unsupported in her self-righting custom built ocean rowing boat, Darien.
The video below shows Darien on tow by the support yacht, Elsa rowing to land, and her being reunited with her fiancée (Campaign Manager Steve), to whom she was engaged three weeks before she set out to sea.
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Congratulations Elsa. Good to see you back on dry land.
So good to see you land Elsa, MANY CONGRATULATIONS on rowing so many miles for such great causes and for such great women too. You are a TRUE inspiration in every sense. Must have been fantastic to be reunited with Steve and so glad he was the one to literally whisk you off your feet!
WELL DONE ELSA
Wow! Elsa! Massive well done! It’s so wonderful to see you looking so amazing and healthy and happy arriving on dry land. I know it wasn’t the ending you hoped for (no leis/dancing Hawaiian girls), but it was fantastic nevertheless and made me cry! I’m glad you were able to row Darien to land. The fact that you and your boat arrived back in great condition *coughs*, no one mention the oars, is amazing!!! Please please please remember you haven’t failed. You’ve raised awareness for the charities and causes you set out to do so, rowed hundreds of miles for fabulous women everywhere! Today my Mum, who I dedicated a mile to, and Dad celebrated 40 years of marriage! Sending love, awe (not oar) and encouragement. Thanks for the entertainment (probably not a sincere enough word), as I stayed up through the night feeding my tiny baby (who happens to share your name) I followed your progress through Facebook updates, blogs & tweets and on the Yellowbrick app. We look forward to the next attempt (?) if there is one, and perhaps even hearing you speak live at a Bristol event one day!! Enjoy the well deserved rest, find your land legs and enjoy the good food onshore!!!