Back in 2011, a group of female rowers began to dream of rowing the Pacific ocean, a trek never before completed by a team of four, nor a group of women. By 2013, the Coxless Crew was formed with aspirations to complete the first four-person team expedition from America to Australia. Over the next two years, funds were raised, a custom-made pink ocean row boat (lovingly named Doris) was built, and several of the original team members had dropped out of the project to be replaced with ambitious new faces ready for the challenge. After years of planning, as well as months of physical and mental preparation, the Coxless crew set off from San Francisco in April of 2015, bound for Hawaii, the first checkpoint on their three-legged journey across the Pacific.
With LOSING SIGHT OF SHORE, Emmy-winning director Sarah Moshman documents their trying and triumphant expedition, occasionally catching up with the crew at their scheduled checkpoints, while mostly allowing the team to film their own experiences with a stock of weather resistant GoPros along their journey. The result is part emotionally charged video journal, part visually stunning wilderness doc. We witness the team ride waves of 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 Coxless Crew’s journey, passionately encapsulated within LOSING SIGHT OF SHORE, is a deeply inspirational example of what can happen when average people dream big, join together, and persevere through thick and thin. In short, incredible things can be achieved.