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Lia Ditton seeks to be the ďŹ rst person to row land-to-land from Japan to San Francisco. She tells her story as she nears the end of the rebuild of her boat in Anacortes, Washington.

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68 NORTHWEST YACHTING || AUGUST 2019

Curiosity has nearly killed me twice. My fi rst Indian Ocean crossing was on a Thomas Calvin-designed steel ketch, from Thailand to Turkey in 2001. I was 21, a hitchhiking cook on board. We had two close encounters with pirates (or rather opportunists) while sailing up the Red Sea. My first Atlantic crossing was on the wooden trimaran Moxie, built in Maine

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by Walter Greene for American Phil Weld, who sailed the boat to OSTAR victory in 1980—much to the chagrin of the French! We left Newport, Rhode Island, foolishly in late September, and experienced 12 lowpressure systems in eight days, a record at the time. The last system was Hurricane Kyle, and the night of the 75-knot winds. Rowing the North Pacific next year will be my 14th ocean crossing and my fourth

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