The Team
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Bella Collins
Crew
Bella is more comfortable on water than land, as proven by her previous row across the Atlantic. An avid sailor and surfer, she is constantly pushing herself to learn and grow in all aspects of life.
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Purusha Gordon
Crew
``P`` is passionate about health and well-being, she is the team's ``boat mum`` and in charge of keeping us fed and watered. She's happiest when outside with her 2 children, on the water or running with her beloved dog Treacle.
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Mary Sutherland
Crew
Mary is the salty sea girl that every ocean rowing team needs - she's already got 3 world records. She can often be found on the water and is a keen sailer, racing anything that floats.
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Lily Lower
Crew
Having started sailing at the age of 8, Lily has competed in three RORC Fastnet Races and a transatlantic race. Lily is hugely passionate about sustainability and leading the charge on this front.
The Team Behind The Team
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We want to highlight the power of connection and community by sharing all the people who have helped us with our campaign. Without these people, we wouldn’t even be able to make it to the start line. Here’s a little insight into their lives, perhaps they will inspire you or be part of your community in the future.

Lucinda Harding
PR & content
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Our PR and Content guru, we are incredibly happy to have Lu on board our team to form partnerships, create some buzz in the media and guide our content across our social channels. She is at one with our vision and does an amazing job spreading our message far and wide.
Amy Munro
Sustainability Manager
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Oceanographer and environmentalist Amy, has kindly joined our team to guide us with our sustainability strategy. Renowned within the sailing industry having run campaigns for Ben Ainslie Racing and currently for 11th Hour Racing, we feel privileged to have access to her insight and expertise.
Angus Collins
Supporter
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Angus is Bella’s brother, fellow competitor and stakeholder in The Great Pacific Race. He is a fountain of knowledge which he hands out generously, is our biggest supporter and one of the kindest people you will meet. We are hugely grateful for all the questions he has and will answer going forward!
Gus Barton
Personal Trainer
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Gus Barton is our team’s Personal Trainer, he gives us a weekly program that involves rowing, mobility and strength. We call it the ``Gus Bus`` and we all agree they’re the best workouts we’ve ever done. It is hugely important we’re in the best shape possible for this row, so thanks to Gus for pushing us.
Olivia Bolesworth
Ocean Rower & Graphic Designer
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Olivia rowed across the Atlantic in 2015/16 with Bella and their team Row Like A Girl, so knows exactly what is involved with this campaign. Liv has kindly taken on our website and patiently helped us with our many questions and requests! She's a free spirit who recently set up an amazing glamping spot in Wiltshire - Bellorama - we highly suggest checking it out!
Ben Hall
Knowledge of tides and channels
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On our first row down in Southsea, we were launching our boat for the first time which is no easy feat. Luckily for us, Ben, who was sat on his boat watching, introduced himself, gave us local knowledge on tides and channels, helped us get in and out of the marina and all-round adopted us for the weekend which we couldn’t have been more grateful for!
Matt Scott-Joynt
Photographer
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Matt is a professional photographer and a ``friend of friend`` who, at the very last minute and having never met us, gave up his Saturday to follow us around with his camera as we launched the boat. Being our first time on the water as a team, Matt was patient and kind and took some epic shots - thanks Matt for helping with our campaign!
Matt Clark
Paramedic
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Matt helped coach us through our first-aid course and kindly tailored every element of it to situations which may occur while at sea. Matt is currently a paramedic who works within hazardous areas, an awe-inspiring job with a huge amount of responsibility! We really appreciated Matt giving up his time to share some of his medical knowledge with us.
Dawn Wood
Solo Ocean Rower
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Not only is Dawn a fellow ocean rower having rowed solo across the Atlantic in 2019, she is also our trainer for all our mandatory onshore courses. Tailoring RYA navigation and first courses to our unique rowing expedition, she holds an incredible amount of knowledge and kindly shared many top tips which we’ll take forward into our campaign. Thanks Dawn!
Lucinda Miller
Solo Ocean Rower
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Lucinda Miller and Alida Stewart at the NatureDoc clinical team is supporting Ocean Sheroes to get the girls into the best health possible prior to and during the race, also to prevent the difficulties associated with sleep deprivation.

Using functional medicine laboratory tests prior to the race to check nutrient reserves for the duration of the race. Also keeping the girls topped up with a combination of protein, iron, B vitamins, magnesium, omega oils and probiotics as well as antioxidants like vitamins A, C & E to prevent fatigue, injury or mental burn out. Also ensuring they get enough electrolytes to keep them fully hydrated throughout the journey. Simply putting in the key building blocks of health to build in stamina and resilience.

Laura Penhaul
High performance sports coach
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Laura Penhaul is passionate about helping teams or individuals to perform at their best and she draws on her extensive experience, both personally and professionally, in high performance sport and expedition. Using functional medicine laboratory tests prior to the race to check nutrient reserves for the duration of the race. Also keeping the girls topped up with a combination of protein, iron, B vitamins, magnesium, omega oils and probiotics as well as antioxidants like vitamins A, C & E to prevent fatigue, injury or mental burn out. Also ensuring they get enough electrolytes to keep them fully hydrated throughout the journey. Simply putting in the key building blocks of health to build in stamina and resilience.

‘Everyone was struck by Laura’s humility, honesty and deep truths from the Pacific. I recall one of the crew saying they would follow her anywhere, that leadership was so tangible yesterday. Losing sight of Shore spoke volumes to me.’ Andrew Dunnett, Group Director Foundations at Vodafone.
Laura was the Team Leader of the Coxless Crew who set 2 World Records in January 2016. They rowed unsupported across the Pacific. 9,000nm, taking 9 months to complete and 4 years to prepare for. This remarkable expedition was captured in the Netflix documentary “Losing Sight of Shore”.

Laura previously was Lead Physiotherapist for the Paralympic Programme of British Athletics and worked at Vancouver, London and Rio Paralympic Games. Currently she is Lead Physiotherapist for the Olympic British Sailing Team, supporting them through to Tokyo 2020.

In 2017, Laura was the Performance Manager for Mark Beaumont, where she supported him in his preparations and during his World Record achievement of cycling the World in 78 Days. Alongside this, Laura was the Performance Lead for the Adaptive Grandslam, where she has supported the first ever veterans with disabilities to summit the 7 peaks and 2 poles in their Performance preparation.

In her spare time, you’ll find Laura on the North coast of Cornwall, where she’s an RNLI lifeboat crew volunteer and loves to stay active running or swimming on the coastline.