Trulia co-founder and endurance athletes Sami Inkinen and wife Meredith Loring have started their trip across the Pacific, paddling from the Monterey Marina, California to Oahu, Hawaii.
In a Twitter post, Inkinen wrote:
Our pushoff Wed 6:00AM PST. Last weather wndw to get out in a mad 48hr scramble to escape CA coast..if not, row boat for sale on Craigslist!
— Fat Chance Row (@FatChanceRow) June 17, 2014
When they complete their journey, they will be the first couple to make it from California to Hawaii, although Patrick Quesnel still holds the record for being the first rower to have crossed the Pacific, back in 1976 when he rowed from Washington state to Hawaii.
The couple started a campaign, Fat Chance Row, and are collecting donations which are then given over to Dr. Robert Lustig's nonprofit Institute for Responsible Nutrition at UCSF, San Francisco. Dr. Lustig is a paediatric endocrinologist who authored of a book called "Fat Chance," which was the inspiration behind Inkinen and Loring's campaign.
Their latest tweet:
Today rowed under the vaporlines left by planes flying from LAX to Hawaii. Regrettably no passenger dropped fresh food, not even peanuts! — Sami Inkinen (@samiinkinen) June 24, 2014