Sunday, November 3, 2013

Big Blue shows what breaking the world rowing record looks like

Terrace to premiere the documentary tonight

Posted by Amanda Merritt on Sun, Nov 3, 2013 at 2:01 PM

People go wild for Herculean feats like Diana Nyad’s swim from Cuba to Florida and daredevil stunts like Felix Baumgartner’s skydive from space. Charleston had its own wonder story in 2011 with Louise Graff, who helped break the record for rowing the biggest catamaran ever across the Southern Atlantic. The boat held 16 crew members and struggled against lack of food, sleep deprivation, and bad weather for 47 days.

The Terrace Theatre will premiere the documentary, Big Blue, and host the launch of the book Little Ship of Fools, both about on this real-life rowing adventure. “We all pushed our bodies to their limits, day in and day out around the clock,” explains Graff. “Sleep deprivation became a regular challenge as we rowed 2 hours on and tried to grab 2 hours of precious rest on our off-the-oar times. Sharing a small cramped, smelly space with 8 other human beings was not easy  — nor was staying hydrated and fed.”

Instead of trying the stunt yourself, visit the Terrace for a firsthand account of just how crappy King Poseidon can be. Just don’t get seasick. 

The film will show tonight, Nov. 3, at 7:15 at the Terrace, 1956 Maybank Hwy.

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