Spotz Rows Into History, Raises Thousands for Clean Water Projects

BY klee  March 23, 2010 at 6:11 PM EDT

Seventy days, five hours and 22 minutes. That’s how long it took 22-year-old Katie Spotz to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean in a high-tech rowboat — part of a fund-raising effort that also set a new record. Fresh off her 2,817-mile trek, Spotz recently talked to the Rundown about her history-making voyage. The Ohioan became the youngest person to row an entire ocean solo.

In January, Spotz departed Dakar, Senegal, on Africa’s western coast and came ashore in Georgetown, Guyana, in South America. You can find a map of her journey and read a blog chronicling the adventure here. The grueling trip raised more than $70,000 for the Blue Plant Run Foundation, an organization that finances clean drinking water projects around the world.

Watch as she explains life alone at sea and what it means to accomplish such an enormous feat.