On 6 June 2014, Jack Carter, Nick Kempster, Chris Blacketer, and Mark Gleeson, the 2014 NOMEN, will test themselves to the limit through a challenge never before completed by a four-man crew: to row from Monterey Bay in California to Honolulu, Hawaii.
It is the first ocean rowing event ever held on the Pacific. The route extends over 2,100 nautical miles and it is estimated that a fast four-man crew could complete the distance in around 30 days. No four-man crew and boat has ever done this; it is a world record waiting to be taken.
Life on board will be challenging in itself. Little protection exists from extreme weather and 30 foot Pacific swells. The crew will need to fight off fatigue as they row in 2-hour shifts around the clock for the duration of the race.
For weeks, the NOMEN will suffer from salt sores, cramped conditions, and limited washing and cooking facilities, and the four will share sleeping space the size of a single bed… It is an extreme test of the NOMEN’s psychological and physical capabilities.
The main goal however is to raise funds and awareness to further the monumental goal of eliminating the causal agent of 5% of all cancers, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV).
More information is available about NOMAN here, including about making donations.
NOMAN is organised by the HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation, one of HPV Action's member organisations.
A press release about the NOMEN's row can be downloaded here.