Women’s Stories Of Adventure: Episode 5. Lia Ditton
Words by: Danielle Sellwood | Find it Film
Lia Ditton has racked up more than 150,000 nautical miles – the equivalent of 8 laps of the globe – and has competed at a high level in some of the world’s most challenging ocean races. Now she is preparing for her biggest adventure yet - to row the Pacific Ocean.
Lia is the fifth of five women sharing their experiences of sport and adventure through our #EngageYourSenses project with Find it FIlm. In their own words, the women describe what they feel, see, smell, taste and hear during their adventures and explain how these experiences enrich their lives.
In March 2019, Lia will depart from Choshi, Japan on a mission to row 5,500 nautical miles, solo and unsupported, across the Pacific Ocean to the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. To date 2 people have rowed this distance, both were men, if Lia succeeds, she will be the 1st woman and 3rd person in history to do so.
Based out in San Francisco where she can train in some of the most challenging conditions, Lia recently rowed down the coast of California from San Francisco to Santa Barbara – an epic 400 miles. The purpose? To test equipment, meal plans, sleep routines and team communications.
During the row, Lia encountered some of the most difficult situations of her seafaring career but she sees this as a positive because all these experiences add to the learning and meticulous preparation for her record attempt.
So why is Lia taking on this incredible challenge?
“To spark generations of future role models and show children - by example and through the Mission Pacific education programme - that with dogged, unwavering perseverance just about anything is possible.”