Meg Dyos, who broke a world record journeying across the Pacific Ocean with her team the Coxless Crew, will be speaking to students and alumni as part of the University of Westminster’s new alumni series ‘Westminster Inspires’.

The Coxless Crew is the first all-female team, and team of four, to row the Pacific Ocean. In an amazing feat of perseverance, bravery and endurance, the Coxless Crew rowed for 257 days, covering 8,446 miles (13,593km) from San Francisco to Queensland, Australia. This involved rowing for 24 hours a day in shifts of two hours, sleeping for no more than 90 minutes at a time, and living for weeks on a 29-foot boat named Doris with only a small cabin the size of a two-man tent.

Meg, who graduated in 2014 with a degree in English Literature, joined the team for the last leg of their journey from Samoa to their final destination of Cairns.

In the ‘Westminster Inspires’ talk which will take place on Thursday 10 November, Meg will regale the highs and lows of the trip; from wildlife spotting and enjoying ocean sunrises and sunsets, to enduring sun burn and surviving on 5,000 calories of dried food a day.

She will also explain why the crew did all of this which is to support women that have had to face diversity and overcome life changing events. 

The team’s journey has raised over £40,000 for women’s charities, including Walking for the Wounded’s fund for injured servicewomen; and Breast Cancer Care, a UK-wide charity which provides specialist support for the 55,000 people diagnosed with breast cancer each year.

Register to attend the free event here.

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