Two Women Begin Rransatlantic Row
Sep. 14, 1999
LOS GIGANTES, Canary Islands (AP) _ Two daredevils began rowing across the Atlantic Monday, each hoping to become the first woman to conquer it _ or any other ocean _ on their own.
Tori Murden, a 36-year-old lawyer from Louisville, Ky., and Diana Hoff, a 55-year-old Scot, eased out of a small marina on the western tip of this Spanish island in identical 23-foot rowboats.
Their destination, roughly 3,000 miles away, is the Caribbean island of Barbados. If the seas and winds cooperate, their quest will last 90 to 100 days.
Murden is a veteran endurance rower who spent 85 days at sea last year attempting the same trek, although in the opposite direction, until Hurricane Danielle put an end to it. This is Hoff's first stab at the Atlantic.
Each woman faces 10 or 12 hours of rowing each day, punctuated with naps and meals of freeze-dried food, cereal or high-energy snack bars.
They have a computer as well as high-tech navigation and survival equipment, and Murden also has a satellite telephone.