Katie Spotz: Transatlantic rower

by Raghunandan Ramachandran

In February of 2010, after a month of almost non-stop rowing, Katie Spotz was exhausted, wondering how she could continue. More than 1500 miles remained in her attempt to become the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. How did a young woman of 22 find herself alone in the middle of an ocean? What would she need to do to continue?

In this edition of GV, we are pleased to share about Katie Spotz, an American adventurer who became the youngest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, departing from Dakar, Senegal on January 3, 2010, and landing in Guyana on March 14, 2010. She was the first person to have swum the entire length of the Allegheny River in New York state and Pennsylvania.

Early life

Katie Spotz was born in Mentor, Ohio. She graduated from Mentor High School in 2005 and Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina, in 2008. She majored in business and economics, taking courses across the....

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