First pair crosses finish line in Great Pacific Race

Published On: Aug 02 2014 06:06:09 PM HST   Updated On: Aug 02 2014 09:01:30 PM HST

The first pair crossed the finish line in a 2,400-mile trip from California to Hawaii with no engines, just a rowboat and oars.

Click here to watch Kenny Choi's report.

A daring couple said the Great Pacific Race was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

In the technology world, Sami Inkinen has conquered many feats as the co-founder of, a real estate search site that recently sold for $3.5 billion. But in his latest conquest, he used very little technology besides a rowboat, his wife, and a will to row across the Pacific Ocean.

"We were rowing basically 24 hours a day and sleeping here and there," Inkinen said.

The pair started its journey from Monterey, California, a month and a half ago and rowed, by their estimates, 18 hours a day to bring awareness of the dangers of sugar and processed foods.

"We've been doing this entire row, which is the equivalent of two marathons a day exercise-wise without any sugar or processed carbohydrates," said his wife, Meredith Loring.

"I think there’s a lot of damage that happens when you row 12 to 18 hours a day for 45 days. Fitness might be good but I think we need couple weeks to recover," Inkinen said.

Organizers of the inaugural race said each team endures an average of 1 million oar strokes during the trip while facing 30-foot waves and 50-knot wind gusts.

But Team Fatchancerow said it was all worth it.

"I think the highlight is we’re still married. So going to that kind of dark house in the middle of the ocean six to seven weeks with your spouse in dark house is a risk. But we're still married and still smiling and hopefully married tomorrow," Inkinen said.

The couple will celebrate with brunch, then row back to California.

Ten countries are participating in the inaugural race. The Great Pacific Race will be held every two years.


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