When Claire hit 30, far from settling down and considering herself approaching middle age, she discovered a new lease of life and re-engaged with her love of the great outdoors and travel. Claire loves a challenge and likes to set herself something new each year. This has led to a passion for water based and, in true British style, sitting down sports. She started rowing in 2012 and very quickly caught the bug, racing regionally and nationally. She also loves sea kayaking and the freedom and self-sufficiency of being able to kayak and wild camp. From there Claire has gone on to do the Rickshaw Run in India, as well as being part of a mixed crew to row across the Atlantic Ocean, earning her a World Record! Claire has experience under expedition conditions around the world, and is now keen to see just how far she can push her body and mind. Claire also shares more about her next challenge to row the Northwest Passage, the Arctic route that links the Atlantic and the Pacific. This will be a true test of human achievement and endeavour. This challenge will be one of the world’s “last great firsts”. New episodes of the Tough Girl Podcast go live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7am UK time! Make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss out! The tough girl podcast is sponsorship and ad free thanks to the monthly financial support of patrons. To find out more about supporting your favourite podcast and becoming a patron please check out www.patreon.com/toughgirlpodcast.
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Who is Claire
What family life was like
Getting into walking at 14 years old
Her first ever mountain!
Not enjoying school and being lonely
Female role models in childhood
Thinking of the obstacles that stoped her being adventurous
Starting to get into kayaking
Heading to Canada in 2009 to go Kayaking
Kayaking and wild camping in Norway
The challenging of kayaking in Cuba
Confidence and self belief
Telling people about adventures
Cycling Coast 2 Coast (C2C) in a day
Being nervous about holding people back
Being a woman in India
12 hours of driving every day
Deciding to row the Atlantic Ocean
How the team evolved
Joining the crew in September 2017
Rowing the Atlantic Ocean in December 2018
Funding the challenge £100K
Her role in the team
2hrs on rowing and 2 hrs off
What the cabin was like
Being the only woman on the boat
Dealing with periods
The lessons learned from rowing the Atlantic Ocean
Testing her limits
The next challenge - Rowing the North West Passage 2021
What has to be done between now and the start of the row
The challenge of raising the funds
The physical training involved
Next Goal - to row the Northwest Passage 2021, the Arctic route that links the Atlantic and the Pacific - A true test of human achievement and endeavour, a team of Ocean Rowers & Explorers are attempting one of the world’s “last great firsts” Website - https://nwp2021.com Instagram - @nwp2021 Facebook - @nwp2021
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