Leg 2 Day 1: Aloha Hawaii, next stop Samoa!

Laura Penhaul By

Leg 2 Day 1: Aloha Hawaii, next stop Samoa!

Wow what a whirlwind, i cant believe a week has gone and we’re back on Doris! I’m sitting back in the cabin after Ems and I have just rowed our first shift, leaving the dockside of Hawaii Yacht Club and the shores of the surf, such a surreal experience.We’d always anticipated that this would beone of the hardest parts to the row, getting straight back into the row after the first leg. In true honesty it’s actually really surprised me how comfortable we all feel aboard. I’ve been hugely surprised that we all share similar feelings to the start of this leg.

It was as ever an emotional cheerio to the folks, both my parents and Emma’s mum were there to see us off, alongside all the amazing Hawaii Yacht club members. They greeted us well, hosted us amazingly and then saw us off in style! Our parents thought they’d join in the celebration by wearing hawaii t shirts with !’you can do it’!

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Our host families too were so accommodating and lovely and all I can say, is that at the ripe age of 85+, i can only wish I have half the energy, spirit and positivity as those ladies do, they’re amazing! (note that whilst in America i may turn into an American and so when everyone says ‘its amazing’ so will I!)

So, for the next 60 days we’ll be out rowing, eating, sleeping as a usual etc. ,and as ever we will continue with our blogs




  1. Antonia says:

    GOOD LUCK ladies! I have so enjoyed my armchair travels with you and I am really looking forward to sharing the next leg of your adventure! ‘Malama pono’ as they say in Hawaii 🙂 xx

  2. Simon TY says:

    Go, go go. How is the chocaholic settling in ? Hope weather fair and currents right. You have two months to practice your Samoan. England just bowled out Aus for 136. Gloating email to Claire Small. You have the date line to look forward to and the Equator at some stage. Go Go Go

  3. Liz Davey says:

    Did I spot your Dad wearing a PINK T shirt Laura, never thought I would live to see the day! Anyway go girls you are amazing, keep safe. Lol xx

  4. Jim Andrews says:

    Once more into the breach? Hope the elements are supportive and help you in every way. Hopefully you are setting off with batteries recharged and your positive attitude in good shape. Our thoughts and respect are with you. Stay safe. XX

  5. It’s great to see you back in the boat again and to be able to follow Doris again, good luck for the next leg of your journey. Thanks for the photo of Ray in the pink shirt ! He will definitely be hearing more about that !

  6. Michael says:

    The Fearsome Foursome rock!!!!!!!!!

  7. May the winds, currents, luck and all the love from family, friends and supporters go with you as you set off again on a new leg of your adventure. Your remarkable blogs make such awesome bedtime reading every day but Ray’s pink T shirt takes the prize today! Love C&C xxx

  8. Hi you intrepid bunch! You will soon be in the groove again. Can you remind us all of a very round figure of how much you may raise in total?
    Warm regards,

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