Inkinen crosses finish line in Great Pacific Race’
In the technology world, Sami Inkinen has conquered many feats as the co-founder of Trulia.com, a real estate search site that recently sold for $3.5 billion dollars.
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 basically rowing 24 hours a day and sleeping here and there," said Inkinen.
It was a 2400 mile trip with just a rowboat and oars.
The pair crossed the finish line near Diamond Head after a grueling trip from California to Hawaii in the Great Pacific Race.
It was a once in a lifetime experience for a very daring couple.
“I think the highlight is we’re still married. When you’re in the middle of the ocean for six to seven weeks in a dark house, it’s a risk,” said Inkinen.
The pair started their 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 did the entire row which is equivalent of 2 marathons a day exercise-wise, without any sugar or processed carbohyrdates," said Inkinen’s wife Meredith Loring.
“We’re going to need a couple weeks to recover,” said Inkinen.
Organizers of the inaugural race say each team endures an average of one million oar strokes during the trip, while sometimes facing 30 foot waves and 50 knot wind gusts.
Ten countries are participating in this inaugural race which will be held every 2 years.
Inkinen and his wife say this is a one-time deal for them.
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