Solo ocean rower Daryl Farmer was forced to abandon his attempt to row from California to Hawaii while competing in the Great Pacific Race. Farmer became seriously dehydrated as a result of sea sickness just four days into the race.
The British rower called race officials for assistance 20 nm off the California coast and was taken in tow by a support boat on June 21. Sea conditions deteriorated during the tow resulting in the towline parting and a man-overboard situation involving one of the crew of the support boat. The crewman was rescued, but Farmer was forced to abandon his ocean rowing vessel, Bojangles (aka Bo).
British ocean rower Daryl Farmer was forced to abandon his boat Bojangles just four days into the Great Pacific Race after becoming severely dehydrated from seasickness.
Farmer hoped that his attempt to row the 2,400-nm race would help raise awareness of the need to protect the world’s oceans from pollution and overfishing.
Having abandoned the race and his boat, Farmer and his supporters — which include Pete Bethune from Earthrace Conservation in New Zealand; Peggy West-Stap from Monterey Bay Marine Life Studies; the U.S. Coast Guard and the Shark Research Institute — are focused on recovering Bo, a silver, 24-foot carbon/kevlar craft.