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On Sunday, June 7 at 17:10 JST Sonya departed from the Choshi Marina in Japan to row 5,700 nautical miles non-stop to San Francisco. Arguably the hardest open ocean crossing in the world, she planned to be on board a 24 foot rowboat for 150+ days supported only by land-based advisers via satellite phone. Potential challenges of this crossing other than distance and duration include high seas over 40 feet, winds above 50 knots, extreme wildlife, and freighters or other large vessels. Sonya and Team Epoch made the difficult, but prudent decision to call an early end to this years attempt about 150 miles out and still within Coast Guard range. As is the nature of expeditions, you can plan methodically yet still encounter situations outside of your control. With 3+ years of preparations and consideration for all eventualities, we remain confident that the best decision was made, one which minimized risk. We would like to give special thanks to the crew of Naraweik and the Japanese Coast Guard for their assist in towing Icha and Sonya back to shore. Sonya has returned to Port Townsend to focus on SpinDrift Rowing and is discussing what comes next for Epoch Expeditions and her adventures. She continues to discuss and consider future attempts of this crossing and to explore other expedition possibilities. Check in for updates on our social media and here at expedition.pacific.com. For questions and media inquiries, please contact samantha@teamepoch.org. Thanks to all for your support! Fair winds. - Team Epoch

Every great discovery begins with adventure. The adventure begins now ... join me. Sonya Baumstein