Sons of the Pacific

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Sharing the incredible story that inspired a 2,500 mile voyage across the Pacific Ocean.

On the 4th of June 1996, a thousand miles into my father’s solo voyage across the Pacific Ocean, the lines of communication were lost. In the days that followed, only his boat was recovered. It soon became apparent that we would never see him again.


13 years previously, he became the first man to row solo across the Pacific Ocean. He spent 294 days at sea, on a journey that took him from San Francisco, California to the Eastern coast of Australia. This brought him wide renown in the rowing community and a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. It speaks volumes for my father’s character, his worldview, and for his sheer mental and physical strength that, in the 1990s, he resolved to cross the Pacific once more. This time he would travel West to East, from Vladistock, Russia to San Francisco, California, however, despite numerous attempts, he never made it.


Peter Bird - Pacific Row

I am now 24, and although stories from those who knew my father have helped me understand something of the man he was- his warmth, his openness and his love of life- I still believe that the closest I will get to him is through committing myself to something he loved.


On the 4th of June 2016, alongside my rowing partner James Jones, I will set off from Monterey Bay, California, to Honolulu, Hawaii, as an entrant in the Great Pacific Race 2016. The 2,500 mile voyage is set to take between 50 and 80 days and cost around £30,000. I am looking for £5,000 worth of corporate sponsorship, with the rest coming in the form of crowdfunding donations.


The 2,500 mile voyage is set to take between 50 and 80 days


pacific row

I am under no illusions of the risk that I will face during the row, and am all too aware of the enormous danger that the ocean brings. During my time at sea, I will be at the mercy of the elements, however, with the right amount of training and determination, I am confident that team Sons of the Pacific will make it to Hawaii.


Every step of my time at sea will be filmed


To make a documentary about my fathers legendary status within ocean rowing, and my journey to find out about a man I have never truly known, has always been a great ambition of mine. Every step of my time at sea will be filmed, and this footage will form a part of a documentary, which will begin to take shape on my return.

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