Westbound Rower

Westbound Rower | The Great Pacific Challenge

June 2021 – ?

On the 21st of June, 2021, Erden Eruc, a global adventurer, started his epic journey across the Pacific Ocean, rowing from Crescent City, California to Hong Kong, in the first-ever human-powered solo Pacific crossing north of the equator.  In partnership with Ocean Recovery Alliance, this rowing adventure will help to raise awareness about plastic pollution and the overall health of the ocean.  It will be the first ever mainland-to-mainland crossing of the Pacific Ocean between the Americas and Asia.

Join us in this journey together, which will  bring us to discuss topics related to our environment, our ocean and how we use it, plastic pollution, oceanography, and climate change. We will be talking about different topics every week, and you might also be able to be on a live satellite phone call with Erden from his rowboat at sea, as we will try to have live classroom chats with him every two weeks or so, once the schools come back into session in late August.

Track Erden: https://www.erdeneruc.com/tracking

Story Map with great resources for Erden’s voyage: 

https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/9d7b442eea974df99112bd27f64e3204

The Live Events

All Event Times Listed in Eastern

Intro Event Before Launch

Erden Eruc | Westbound Rower: Intro Event

Join us to learn firsthand from Erden Eruc, holder of 15 Guinness World Records, with a special educational introduction to his amazing expedition! He will be the first ever to row across the Pacific Ocean, north of the Equator, and based on the weather, will launch from Northern California after June 15th We’ll catch up with Erden to check out his ocean rowboat where he is preparing all the supplies he needs to leave on this epic journey. He’ll be collaborating with the NGO, Ocean Recovery Alliance, to create an amazing bi-lingual education program, which will be regularly updated during the entire 10 or 11 months of his expedition. We’ll connect with him at certain points along his trip across the ocean via satellite phone, and learn all about weather, survival, currents, plastic, animals, sports, geography and adventure during his trip, so tune in on June 7th for the first live session with Erden before he departs! The overall message is to bring promote conservation, create waters and a healthy ocean overall.

 

Live from Hawaii

Erden Eruc | Live From Hawaii

September 21st @ 12:00pm eastern

After 80 days and 2,646 miles rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean, Erden arrived Ala Wai Harbor, Waikiki, Hawaii!!! We’ll catch up with Erden for a live video call to learn about his experiences so far and what he’d doing to prepare for the event longer leg of the journey from Hawaii to Hong Kong!!!

Register Here: https://forms.gle/SBn66kaPzA6Uko9M8

 

Live from Somewhere in the Pacific

Erden Eruc | Live from Somewhere in the Pacific

October 26th @ 12:00pm eastern

We’ve connected with ocean rower Erden Eruc twice now, once before he departed California and then again when he arrived in Hawaii. Erden is now back on the ocean making his way towards Hong Kong, striving to become the first person to cross the Pacific Ocean north of the equator and to raise awareness about plastic pollution in our ocean. We’re going to connect with Erden live from the Pacific Ocean via satellite phone on his tiny rowboat to see how things are going and for some Q&A action.

Register Here: https://forms.gle/SBn66kaPzA6Uko9M8

 

Live from Somewhere in the Pacific

Erden Eruc | Live from Somewhere in the Pacific with Special Guest Dr. Jay Barlow!

November 29th @ 1:00pm eastern

We’re connecting with Erden approximately 1,000 miles from Hawaii as he is rows his way towards Hong Kong, striving to become the first person to row across the Pacific Ocean north of the equator and to raise awareness about plastic pollution in our ocean. We’re going to connect with Erden live from the Pacific Ocean via satellite phone on his tiny rowboat to see how things are going and for some Q&A action.

We’ll have a special guest join us as well, NOAA Research Scientist Dr. Jay Barlow! Jay is the leader of the EEZ Marine Mammals and Acoustics Programme and a professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He is using underwater acoustics to try and estimate numbers of beaked whales. Erden is collecting underwater recordings as he rows across the Pacific for Jay to study.

Register Here: https://forms.gle/SBn66kaPzA6Uko9M8

 

Erden Eruc | Live From Guam

November 29th @ 1:00pm eastern

Erden Eruc has arrived in Guam!!! After leaving Crescent City, California on the 21st of June, 2021, Erden has been rowing his way across the Pacific, with a mission to become the first person to row across the Pacific north of the equator. His end goal is to reach Hong Kong, while raising awareness about plastic pollution and the overall health of the ocean. It will be the first ever mainland-to-mainland crossing of the Pacific Ocean between the Americas and Asia.

We’ve had many connections along the way, including in California before departing, after his arrival in Hawaii and then several events live from the Pacific using his satellite phone.

Erden will be in Guam for about a week and is going to join us for a live event to update this epic journey. Join in with your classes to cheer Erden on and ask some questions about what it’s like to be rowing across the massive Pacific in a 21 foot rowboat!

Register Here: https://forms.gle/SBn66kaPzA6Uko9M8

 

All events will be recorded for later viewing

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