Rowing the Pacific With Wine and Cheese

Author: Emily Stifler Wolfe [National Geographic]

Imagine rowing from California to Hawaii. That’s 2,900 miles. Now imagine how you’d feel on day 55. Tired? Seasick?

That was the day French cousins Clement Heliot?, 25, and Christophe Papillon, 27, collected samples for the ASC Microplastics Project during the 75 total days they spent in the Pacific this summer in the inaugural Great Pacific Race.

In this video clip, Christophe rows as if he’s one with the boat, his body shifting with waves that make you seasick just watching. Clemente, who completes the sampling, speaks slowly to the camera as he explains the process. Their life at sea moves at the metered pace of their oar strokes.

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