Pacific rower scrapes off barnacles with HSBC bank card.
During the shocking capsize which left Lia Ditton fearing for her survival a few weeks ago, as she single handedly rows from San Francisco to Hawaii, she noticed barnacles multiplying on the bottom of her boat.
Ditton’s making repairs as she goes. While she’s salvaged her pliers and adjustable wrench back to working condition with avocado oil, mended her rubber gloves (which protect her hands when she’s doing laundry or hauling in the sea anchor) with her pilates Thera-band, a baby wipe & superglue, and repaired her oarlock base plate with epoxy, the barnacles called for an immersive approach.
After ensuring all safety precautions were in place – she says on her website (https://rowliarow.com/) that she’s been too afraid to get off her boat in her three solo transatlantic crossing under sail – and even though she previously wanted to swim, it took a while to build up to the moment.
“I scoffed some gummy pandas for a sugar buzz and prepared my safety gear. I used a travel TRX – two foot loops – as a ladder to get out. With a surf board leash around my wrist attached to the safety line running the perimeter of my boat, I tested the foot loops in and out. Then I put my head under water.
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