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Press Releases and Stories


 

ISOLATED ROWER IS UNAWARE

OF THOUSANDS FOLLOWING HER PROGRESS

NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN – (August 21, 1998) – Although Tori Murden is perhaps the loneliest person in the world, she is making thousands of friends every day. More than halfway into an attempt to become the first woman and first American to row across an ocean solo, Murden is perceived as a heroine with every stroke of the oars. Meanwhile, oblivious of her fans, she presses on.

Completely alone and without communications support, Murden has not only survived contrary currents, strong winds, sweltering heat and several capsizes, but battles an intense mental strain. Her satellite communications were knocked out during the second week of the anticipated 100 to 120 day journey. Since departing from the Oregon Inlet, N.C., on June 14, Murden has rowed some 2,200 nautical miles. She is approximately 1,250 nautical miles from her goal – Brest, France.

After 68 days, Murden has spoken only to the crews of three vessels which she has passed en route. The last report from a ship’s captain, via VHF radio, was on

July 14. So for the last 36 days, Murden’s company has been limited to marine life and her own solitary thoughts, and the lack of human contact adds a profound emotional challenge for the solo rower.

Murden’s swelling list of followers monitor her daily progress on a web site, www.oceanrowing.com, where they leave an assortment of messages well wishes, questions about life at sea, and words on inspiration. Murden’s page is named after her boat, the Sector No Limits American Pearl, and supporters post messages on a link called "Tori’s Guestbook." Since Murden’s departure, the web site has attracted 68,000 visitors from more than 20 countries throughout the world.

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Messages originate from businessmen, athletes, friends and strangers. For example, Dewey and Brian write, "…We’re a couple of architects…You have become the office talk. We will watch you every day. Keep diggin’ till you hit land." Darrel says, "…Admire your strength and courage…As you row, there are hundreds, probably thousands, who have their hands on the oars with you."

From one of the world’s most renowned athletes, comes: "Dear Tori: From one Louisville native to another, I wish you the best of luck on your journey across the ocean. We are cheering for you! You are a champion. Best wishes, Muhammad Ali."

Susie Maroney, Australian long-distance swimmer who swam from Mexico to Cuba this year says, "I would like to wish you much success and good luck as I know you will do it."

Interest in Murden’s adventure crosses lines of gender, age and cultural background. "At age 81 I have never had, and never will have such a grand experience. I feel sure you will succeed," says Ralph.

Murden has been credited for encouraging people to follow their dreams – to push themselves beyond personal limitations. A Louisville coach and teacher writes, "You are truly an inspiration – some see it as crazy; I see it as testing the limits; personal limits…"

Richard notes, "…We were just in Columbus, Ohio where our friends spoke of the ‘woman from Louisville rowing across the ocean.’ I’m sure you are not only making our town proud, but the entire nation…You provide encouragement for our youth to just try, no matter what the odds." Others say Murden makes them proud to be American. RB says, "Keep singing, ‘The Impossible Dream’."

Murden’s rowing career began while at Smith College, in Northampton, Mass., where fellow alumna, Meredith, says, "I think of you and your adventure often as I go about my daily routine. This includes two daughters – and you’ve been quite a role model for them! Already this summer my 4-year-old has taken up ice skating…If Tori can row across the ocean, ice skating doesn’t seem so hard …Thank you for helping me boost her confidence to reach her goal."

Murden’s attempt has had a significant impact on many women. Jennifer says: "It’s bravery like yours that inspires the rest of us. You remind us that women can do anything when they believe in themselves…" And Jane writes, "You are a credit to all of the women who do daring things and those of us who wish we could."

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Living vicariously through Murden’s adventure, some supporters experience Murden’s good and bad days. Linda from Illinois says, "I don’t go to bed at night until I check to see how you are doing. I am just a simple, country girl who is surrounded by ‘oceans’ of soy beans and corn in the flatlands of Illinois…" Cecil and Martha, "landlocked in Indiana," tell Murden, "you are rowing for all of us who ever dreamed of a special adventure."

One of the biggest challenges facing Murden must be the endless solitude. Kenneth Crutchlow of the Ocean Rowing Society describes her isolation with this analogy: "Imagine going into a small room for four months by yourself. You can take everything you need, but you are not allowed to come out."

The Ocean Rowing web site which hosts "Tori’s Guestbook" and tracks her progress, sports a page of memoirs written by four-time solo ocean rower Don Allum. The journal displays his last crossing from St. John’s, Canada to Dooagh, Ireland in 1987, and may provide insight into the typical day of an ocean rower.

On Day 4 of his 77-day odessy, Allum said, "If rowing teaches you anything at all it must be patience." On Day 27, he lamented, "what I need is to be attacked by Moby Dick – anything for a bit of action." By Day 49, he described the experience as "mind-blowing boredom." But turmoil comes when least expected. On Day 50, the log describes a life-threatening incident in which Allum is swallowed by a rogue wave, and separated from his boat.

Tori Murden is sponsored by Sector Sport Watches, a leading designer and manufacturer of premium sport watches. The Sector Sport Watches mission is the promotion of "No Limits" – the driving force behind every company endeavor. Murden, the epitome of a Sector No Limits Team athlete, aspires to transform her singular triumph into a tool, perhaps opening doors so that others in need might benefit and expand their own horizons. "If I succeed in rowing solo, the wrong way across the Atlantic, imagine how much I’ll be able to accomplish when I return to my desk," says Murden.

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21 August 1998

Contact: Julie Wellik, Shannon Matus, or Susan Barnes
Communications West, 1426 Eighteenth Street,

San Francisco, CA 94107
Phone 415 863 7220 Fax 415 621 2907
E-mail jwellik@comwest.com

smatus@comwest.com
sbarnes@comwest.com


Sector 'No Limits' Team Rower Reaches Milestone in 58 Days
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---- ---------- TORI MURDEN ARRIVES HALF-WAY POINT IN SOLO ATTEMPT TO ROW
THE NORTH ATLANTIC
NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN – (August 11, 1998) – Fifty-eight days into her
solo attempt to row the Atlantic Ocean, Tori Murden has reached the half-way
point of her 3,150 nautical mile journey.
Since departing Oregon Inlet, N.C. on June 14, Murden has rowed 1,901
nautical miles – 1,578 of which have brought her closer to her target
landfall of Brest, France. She has 1,572 nautical miles remaining to row.
If Murden succeeds in her endeavor, she will become the first American and
first woman to row across an ocean alone and unsupported.
Murden, a member of the NO LIMITS™ Sector Team of athletes, has averaged
nearly 33 nautical miles of progress each day. Without the aid of a support
boat, she has survived contrary currents, strong winds, sweltering heat and
several capsizes.
For the first one-third of her journey, Murden followed the Gulf Stream
favorable two-knot current that helped her propel her 23-foot rowboat, the
sector no limits™ American Pearl, at a brisk clip. The Gulf Stream,
however, does not follow a straight line to Europe. Every mile Murden now
rows is without aid of a complimentary current. Technical experts
monitoring the row say the second half of Murden's odyssey will be more
formidable for the solo rower.
Murden's daily positions are received via an Argos satellite transmitter
affixed to her boat. Her progress can be tracked on the Internet at
www.oceanrowing.com.
TORI MURDEN ARRIVES HALF-WAY POINT IN
SOLO ATTEMPT TO ROW THE NORTH ATLANTIC
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Murden is sponsored by Sector Sport Watches, as part of the company's
"No Limits" philosophy. Providing ongoing support and technical assistance to
extreme athletes and adventurers worldwide, Sector encourages individuals
who dare test the outer limits of human endurance.
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Editor's note: Color transparencies and B-roll of Murden's departure are
available through Communications West.
11 August 1998
Contact: Julie Wellik, Susan Barnes or Shannon Matus
Communications West
1426 Eighteenth Street, San Francisco, Calif. 94107
Telephone: 415-863-7220 Fax: 415-621-2907
E-mail: jwellik@comwest.com
sbarnes@comwest.com
smatus@comwest.com
Sector 'No Limits' Team Rower Almost Half-Way to Europe
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---- --------------- TORI MURDEN NEARING MILESTONE IN BID TO BECOME FIRST
WOMAN IN HISTORY TO ROW AN OCEAN SOLO

NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN – (August 6, 1998) – Tori Murden, the
35-year-old city government employee from Louisville, Ky., is closing in on
the half-way mark in her quest to become the first woman to row the North
Atlantic Ocean solo and unsupported. No American, man or woman, has
accomplished the feat.
Murden, who has been at sea 53 days, has rowed 1,682 nautical miles on a
northeast course toward Europe. She has 1,759 nautical miles remaining to
reach her target landfall of Brest, France. According to Murden's
land-based technical team, she should arrive at the official half-way point
in the next several days, barring a contrary shift in weather or currents.
Since departing North Carolina June 14, Murden has averaged nearly 32
nautical miles of progress each day. Her row attempt has unfolded mostly
according to plan. For the first one-third of her journey, she followed the
Gulf Stream – a favorable two-knot current that helped Murden propel her
23-foot rowboat, the sector no limits™ American Pearl, at a brisk clip.
The Gulf Stream, however, does not follow a straight line to Europe.
Every
mile Murden now rows is without aid of a complimentary current. Technical
experts monitoring the row say the second half of Murden's odyssey will be
more formidable for the solo rower, even though she has already capsized
twice.
"Tori will be subjected to the usual expected storms at this time of
year,
so she'll be put to the test. We expect her progress to be slowed by the
weather," said Gerard d'Aboville, the only person to have rowed solo across
both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. D'Aboville, a member of the Sector No
Limits Team™, is Murden's chief technical advisor. - more -

Indeed, Murden's progress over the past two weeks supports d'Aboville's
assessment of prevailing weather and currents in the North Atlantic.
Murden's mileage was cut nearly in half from week six to week seven – she
logged 181 nautical miles her sixth week at sea, compared to 97 completed
her seventh week.
During week seven, on July 28 & 29, headwinds pushed her backward 29 miles.

Murden's daily positions are received via an Argos satellite transmitter
affixed to her rowboat.
Friends and supporters worldwide are following Murden mile-by-mile on
the
Internet at www.oceanrowing.com. Several groups of Murden loyalists are
hosting gatherings in the Louisville area to celebrate Murden reaching the
half-way point. One group is commemorating the occasion with a full moon
camp fire in the Jefferson County Memorial Forest. Murden's 3,300-nautical
mile solo row is sponsored by Sector Sport Watches, a company that supports
extreme athletes and adventurers worldwide. Murden is the newest member of
the Sector "no limits"™ Team, a group of individuals who test the outer
limits of human endurance. Murden is pulling nearly 1,500 pounds of boat,
food and technical gear as she rows 10 hours each day west to east across
the North Atlantic. Only five rowers – all men – have completed the west to
east crossing.
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Editor's note: Color transparencies and B-roll of Murden's departure are
available through Communications West.

06 August 1998

Contact: Julie Wellik, Susan Barnes or Shannon Matus
Communications West
1426 Eighteenth Street, San Francisco, Calif. 94107
Telephone: 415-863-7220 Fax: 415-621-2907
E-mail: jwellik@comwest.com
sbarnes@comwest.com
smatus@comwest.com


LONELY SECTOR ROWER
PRESSES ONWARD IN NORTH ATLANTIC


NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN – (July 24, 1998) – In many ways, Tori Murden's
rowboat odyssey in the Atlantic Ocean is just beginning. The first 40 days
at sea have gone by without major incident, as the two-knot Gulf Stream has
helped propel her 23-foot rowboat, the sector no limits™ American Pearl some
1,374 nautical miles on a northeast course toward northern Europe.
Since departing North Carolina in June, Murden has averaged nearly 35
nautical miles of progress each day, an amazing accomplishment according to
technical experts monitoring the row.
"Murden has enjoyed extremely favorable ocean conditions, and she has
used
the seas to her great advantage," said Gerard d'Aboville, the only person to
have rowed solo across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. "Tori will
need this mental boost when the Gulf Stream ends, and conditions begin to
weigh on her progress."
Indeed, since June 14 – when she departed the U.S. – Murden has battled
only
a few days of extreme headwinds that pushed her backward. She gained just
seven miles of progress on June 23 & 24. And on July 15, headwinds pushed
Murden 13 miles back toward America. The day before, a British cargo vessel
passed by Tori's position. "I am doing fine and well," Murden said via VHF
radio to the ship's captain. According the captain, Tori was in good
spirits and is fully expecting to reach Europe in September as scheduled.
After more than five weeks, Murden is one-third of the way toward her
goal
–the first American and first woman to row across an ocean solo and
unsupported. Murden's 3,300-nautical mile solo row is sponsored by Sector
Sport Watches, a company that supports extreme athletes and adventurers
worldwide.
Murden, 35, is a member of the "no limits"™ Sector Team, a group of
individuals who test the outer limits of human endurance.
Since departing the Oregon Inlet, June 14, Murden has had just two other
encounters with the outside world. The captain of a 90-foot fishing boat
talked with her on June 25, as Tori prepared dinner.
Two weeks later, Tori's rowboat was spotted just one mile from a U.S.
container ship. Although in good spirits, Murden reported she had capsized
twice and the sector no limits™ American Pearl rowboat self-righted and
self-bailed as designed.
Murden is pulling about 1,500 pounds of boat, food and technical gear as
she
rows 10 hours each day west to east across the North Atlantic. Only five
rowers – all men – have completed the west to east crossing.
Murden's daily positions are received via an Argos satellite transmitter
affixed to her rowboat. Her progress can be tracked on the Internet at
www.oceanrowing.com. # # #

Editor's note: Color transparencies and B-roll of Murden's departure are
available through Communications West.

24 July 1998

Contact: Julie Wellik, Susan Barnes or Shannon Matus
Communications West
1426 Eighteenth Street, San Francisco, Calif. 94107
Telephone: 415-863-7220 Fax: 415-621-2907
E-mail: jwellik@comwest.com
sbarnes@comwest.com
smatus@comwest.com



SECTOR ROWER MAKES STEADY PROGRESS -July 11, 1998

ON ISOLATED JOURNEY ACROSS NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN

NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN – (July 11, 1998) – Twenty-seven days into her solo attempt to row the Atlantic Ocean, extreme athlete Tori Murden has rowed 1,035 nautical miles toward Europe. She is one-quarter of the way toward her ultimate goal – completing a 3,300-nautical mile solo, unsupported crossing of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Murden, a member of the NO LIMITS™ Sector Team, departed from the Oregon Inlet in Nags Head, N.C. on June 14. She plans to row up to four months, targeting the west coast of France in mid-September. She is averaging 48 miles of progress each day.

Murden has made swift headway since reaching the Gulf Stream, a favorable two-knot current, on June 19. From July 4-6, she was slowed by 10-15 knot headwinds that pushed her boat off course. Favorable southwest winds have since assisted the 35-year-old extreme athlete in regaining progress.

On July 7, a U.S. commercial vessel passed Murden’s 23-foot rowboat, the SECTOR NO LIMITS™ American Pearl. According to the ship’s captain, Murden "sounded great."

She told the ship’s captain that she twice capsized, an expected event in rough seas. The SECTOR NO LIMITS™ American Pearl rowboat is self-righting and self-bailing and worked as designed, she reported.

Murden is pulling about 1,500 pounds of boat, food and technical gear as she rows 10 hours each day west to east across the North Atlantic.

Murden’s daily positions are received via an Argos satellite transmitter affixed to her rowboat. Her progress can be tracked on the Internet at www.oceanrowing.com.

Only five rowers – all men – have completed the west to east crossing. If Murden succeeds, she becomes the first American and first woman to row across an ocean solo and unsupported.

Murden is sponsored by Sector Sport Watches as part of the company’s "No Limits" philosophy. Providing ongoing support and technical assistance to extreme athletes and adventurers worldwide, Sector encourages individuals who dare test the outer limits of human endurance.

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Editor’s note: Color transparencies and B-roll of Murden’s departure are available through Communications West.

11 July 1998 Contact:
Julie Wellik, Susan Barnes or Shannon Matus
Communications West
1426 Eighteenth Street, San Francisco, Calif. 94107
Telephone: 415-863-7220 Fax: 415-621-2907
E-mail:
jwellik@comwest.com
sbarnes@comwest.com
smatus@comwest.com


Friday, June 26, 1998

Sector Athlete Wishes to be ‘in no other place on earth’

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TORI MURDEN REACHES THE GULF STREAM

ON FIFTH DAY OF SOLO ATLANTIC ROW

NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN – (June 26, 1998) – Twelve days into her solo attempt to row the North Atlantic alone and unsupported, extreme athlete Tori Murden has rowed 451 miles toward the projected 3,635 mile journey to Europe. She is averaging nearly 38 miles a day.

Murden, a member of the NO LIMITS™ Sector Team, departed from the Oregon Inlet in Nags Head, N.C. on June 14. She plans to cross the North Atlantic Ocean in 100 to 120 days, targeting the west coast of France by mid-September.

Murden has weathered wild atmospheric swings, from wilting 105 F heat to heavy thunderstorms. As of June 26, Murden was 3,188 miles away from her target landfall.

On the evening of June 18, Murden battened down the hatches in preparation for a brewing storm. After crawling into her cabin for the night, Murden was summoned to the deck by visitors.

"I heard the pipes and whistles of dolphins," Murden said in an E-mail message. "Wanting to be neighborly, I went out onto the deck to say hello. Twelve or 14 dolphin circled the boat, leaping and carrying on. It was quite a show. Then, as quickly as they appeared, they left."

Murden awoke early the next day to find the storm left her a gift: "A cockpit full of semi-fresh water. I took a bath, then I did laundry."

Murden reached what she calls "the elevator" – the Gulf Stream, a favorable two-knot current – on June 19, her fifth day at sea. The next day, Murden rowed 94 miles, easily her best day’s distance. "A great storm kicked me into the Gulf Stream," Murden said. "The sun is shining. The water is calm. I wish myself to be in no other place on earth than the one in which I find myself."

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SECTOR ATHLETE TORI MURDEN REACHES

GULF STREAM ON FIFTH DAY OF SOLO ROW

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Rowing from west to east across the North Atlantic in her 23-foot rowboat, the SECTOR NO LIMITS™ American Pearl, Murden is pulling about 1,500 pounds of boat, food and technical gear. She rows 10 hours each day.

Murden’s daily positions are received via an Argos satellite transmitter affixed to her rowboat, which relays her position and coded messages. Murden’s progress, her "Letters From The Edge," and guest book with personal notes from well wishers can be found on the Internet at www.oceanrowing.com, and www.adept.net/americanpearl. Some 30,000 visitors have accessed the Web sites in the first week.

Only five rowers – all men – have completed the west to east crossing. If Murden succeeds, she becomes the first American and first woman to row solo across an ocean solo and unsupported.

Murden is sponsored by Sector Sport Watches as part of the company’s "No Limits" philosophy. Providing ongoing support and technical assistance to extreme athletes and adventurers worldwide, Sector encourages individuals who dare test the outer limits of human endurance.

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Editor’s note: Color transparencies and B-roll of Murden’s departure are available through Communications West.

26 June 1998

Contact:    Julie Wellik, Susan Barnes or Shannon Matus
Communications West
1426 Eighteenth Street
San Francisco, Calif. 94107-2802
Telephone:     415-863-7220       
Fax:         415-621-2907
E-mail:       
jwellik@comwest.com   
sbarnes@comwest.com
smatus@comwest.com
 


Sunday June 14, 2:30 pm Eastern Time

Tori Murden, Sector NO LIMITS Team Athlete, Begins Solo Row of North Atlantic

NAGS HEAD, N.C.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 14, 1998--Tori Murden, a 35-year-old adventurer from Louisville, Ky., began a solo attempt today to row across the North Atlantic Ocean. Departing at 2:18 p.m. EDT from the Oregon Inlet south of Nags Head, N.C., Murden waved goodbye to friends and well wishers as she rode to sea on a high tide in her 23-foot boat, the SECTOR NO LIMITS American Pearl.

Murden's first goal is reaching the Gulf Stream, 30 miles east of Nags Head. She plans to reach the advantageous current that averages two knots per hour by Monday, hoping it will speed the first two months of her journey.

The west to east route is known as the ``wrong way'' because of rough seas, contrary winds and prevailing weather in the North Atlantic.

More people have walked on the moon than have soloed the North Atlantic in a rowboat. Only five rowers -- all men -- have completed the west to east crossing. If Murden succeeds, she becomes the first American and first woman to row solo across an ocean.

The ocean row will be made without support of sail or motor and is fully solo -- without aid of any kind and without support of an escort vessel.

Murden is a member of the Sector NO LIMITS(R) Team. She plans to row more than 3,600 miles in 100 to 120 days, targeting a mid-September landing in Europe.

``Solitary rowing is just as much a mental challenge as it is a physical one,'' says Murden. ``The expedition is more than just a certain distance to cover, it's a way of bringing out the interior strength that lies in all of us. The row demonstrates that what seems impossible can be done.''

Murden is a seasoned extreme outdoor adventurer, becoming the first woman to summit Antarctica's Lewis Nunatuk in 1988 and the first American, man or woman, to ski to the geographic South Pole in 1989. Murden has also completed numerous ice climbing and kayaking expeditions.

Although her boat weighs 1,500 pounds (fully loaded with food, gear and technical equipment), Murden hopes to average 10 hours of rowing, covering 50 miles of sea each day.

Murden is sponsored by Sector Sport Watches as part of the company's ``No Limits'' philosophy. Providing ongoing support and technical assistance to extreme athletes and adventurers worldwide, Sector encourages individuals who dare test the outer limits of human endurance.

Murden's progress can be followed on the Ocean Rowing Society's official website at www.oceanrowing.com.

Editor's note: While rowing toward Europe, Murden is available for interviews via satellite communication (telephone and e-mail) on a regularly scheduled basis. Color transparencies and B-roll are available through the USA Press Office at Communications West.

Contact:

     Communications West
     First Woman Solo North Atlantic Row Press Office
     Kevin Plagman/Shannon Matus/Susan Barnes or Julie Wellik
     415/863-7220 or Mobile 415/215-9459
     comwest@comwest.com

Thursday June 11, 6:20 pm Eastern Time

Company Press Release

ADVISORY/Solo Rower Attempts to Become the First Woman and First American to Row Solo Across the North Atlantic Ocean

--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

TO      TV News Assignment Editors, Newspaper Editors, Wire Services,
        Radio News Assignment Editors, Feature Writers, Photo Desks,
        Sports Editors

WHO     Tori Murden, American solo rower, attempts to become the first
        woman and first American to row solo across the North Atlantic
        Ocean (without aid of wind, sail or motor; without an escort
        vessel.)

WHAT    Press Session: Tori Murden is available for interviews between
        9:30 a.m and 11 a.m. EDT at the Coast Guard Marina at the
        Oregon Inlet, south of Nags Head.

WHEN    Friday, June 12, 1998, 9:30 a.m - 11 a.m. EDT

WHERE   The Oregon Inlet, south of Nags Head, N.C.

Tori Murden, a 35-year-old adventurer from Louisville, Ky., meets the press before beginning a solo attempt to row across the North Atlantic Ocean this Saturday. The ocean row will be made without support of sail or motor and is fully solo -- without aid of any kind and without support of an escort vessel.

Murden will depart from the Oregon Inlet, south of Nags Head, N.C. on Saturday, June 13 before high tide around 8 a.m. (EDT).

If successful, Murden becomes the first American and only woman to cross an ocean alone in a rowboat. If completed, the marathon North Atlantic row -- 3,635 miles from North Carolina to the West Coast of France -- will take 100 to 120 days.

Murden is sponsored by Sector Sport Watches. She is a member of the Sector No Limits(R) Team, an elite group of international athletes who dare test and transcend the outer limits of human potential.