A record-setting challenge to row across the Pacific Ocean will play out on Tuesday, March 20, as the Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation presents the second film in its Surf n’ Stewardship Film Series.
“Losing Sight of Shore” tells the story of the Coxless Crew, a quartet of female rowers who set out to row from America to Australia, a trek never before completed by a team of four.
In 2015, after years of planning, the Coxless Crew set off from San Francisco in a custom-made pink ocean rowboat named Doris bound for Hawaii — the first checkpoint on their three-legged journey across the Pacific.
Emmy-winning director Sarah Moshman documents this trying and triumphant expedition, occasionally catching up with the crew at their scheduled checkpoints, but mostly allowing team members to film their own experiences with a stock of weather-resistant GoPros. The result is part emotionally charged video journal, part visually stunning wilderness documentary. The film follows the team as they face heart-wrenching, awe-inspiring challenges, from dangerous storms, extreme heat and utter boredom to power outages and lack of food. In addition, they must battle the mental strain of unending repetition and the physical abuse of constantly rowing and sleeping only one or two hours at a time.
The screening will start at 6 pm, with doors opening at 5:30 pm at Rogue Brewer’s on the Bay, 2320 SE Marine Science Drive. Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted. And guests wearing Tiki shirts will get a beer discount as part of Rogue’s Tiki Tuesday.
• The Surf n’ Stewardship Film Series will conclude on Friday, April 6, with a screening of “It Ain’t Pretty” at 6 pm at Rogue Brewer’s on the Bay.