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"World's Toughest Row" - a Pacific Challenge Race Coming back to Monterey , June 2024!

Screenshot_20230612_070959_YB Races"The inaugural Pacific Challenge starts in June 2023 with up to 20 teams participating from around the World. The annual edition of this race will see teams starting from the historic harbour of Monterey, following the path of many adventurers and explorers of yester year. An incredible atmosphere of apprehension and excitement is guaranteed during the pre-race period as teams complete their final preparations to set off to row across the Pacific Ocean. A finish line as unique as Hanalei Bay on the stunning island of Kauai is hard to beat as the backdrop to what will be the most incredible, once in a lifetime adventure."

Starting from Monterey, California and finishing in Nawiliwili harbor in Kauai, Hawaii. 2800 miles of rowing carried out by human power. 15 teams (pairs, trios, fours & fives) from around the world including USA, UK, Holland, Antigua, Denmark, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

Vessels and teams will begin arriving May 31st and will be here through June 12th (race day). The vessels, teams and various vendors will be setup in the Waterfront lot for the two weeks leading up to race day. Make sure you stop by the harbor during the pre-race period!

The City of Monterey will continue to provide updates as the event nears. See the short video for more information, and their website at

Watch the one minute video

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