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Wednesday, 14 March, 2001, 10:48 GMT
Pacific rowing challengers quizzed

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Two British marine commandos are set to row across the North Pacific from Japan to California.

Corporals Tim Welford and Dominic (Dom) Mee will set out in May from Choshi, the most easterly point of the Japanese mainland and row directly into the Kuroshio or "black current", described as the strongest current in the world. Five thousand miles and 124 days later they hope to make land at San Francisco.

They will be combating air and sea temperatures similar to UK waters during November, frequent force 12 storms and exhaustion from limited sleep and freeze dried rations.

What are their greatest fears? Have they been inspired by Ellen MacArthur's recent voyage?

Tim Welford and Dom Mee took your questions during a live forum. They will be updating us on the crossing from their boat, the Pacific-Odyssey, throughout their journey.


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