December 21, 2020
Rachel Parsons

Meet 40,000 mile rower Ellen

Ellen Falterman - a unique, 25 year old "human powered adventurer" who is taking on an epic 40,000 mile ocean rowing adventure over the next 6 years!

Ellen comes from East Texas and has always had a passion for adventure. She learned how to fly from her dad and has been teaching new pilots how to fly for five years – pretty impressive for a woman of her age! She has paddled, cycled, hitchhiked, and rowed over 10,000 miles in 18 months on various nefarious adventures, both solo and dual, domestic and international:

In 2014 she canoed the Amazon Basin, covering 400 miles, taking 2 months;
In 2016 she tandem cycled from England to Greece, a distance of 5,000 miles, taking 4 months;
In 2017 she kayaked the Missouri Rover, covering 2,300 miles and taking 100 days;
In 2019 she canoed the Upper Mississippi Rover, a distance of 1,600 miles, taking 2.5 months;
in 2020, she canoed 2,500 miles solo, from Kansas City, Missouri to Tarkington Texas, over 4 months.

Ellen's next mission will take her 6 years to complete. In 2022 she will be setting off in a Rannoch R15 named “Eve” aiming to row around the world – a distance totalling 40,000 miles!  Of her venture, Charlie says:

When someone flies half way around the world to meet you and talk boats, you know they are serious. After being with Ellen for a short time, I knew she was very SERIOUS! For someone of Ellen's age, I do not know anyone with as much experience with boats and planes. Being a Pilot Instructor, she obviously knows how not to get lost, important when circumnavigating the planet!
After deliberating with Ellen, we showed her a boat that was super solid and safe, but with decent space below and relatively lively, a boat that would look after her in bad weather, but help her along at speed with fair winds. We are refitting it to allow for all scenarios she may come across like beaching it or living aboard for months at a time without help, what we call "off grid" with emergency satellite communications availability.
We look forward to helping this strong minded and determined young Adventurer realise her lifelong dream....rather her than me though!!
Charlie, Ellen, Dawn and Lizzie

We are very honoured that Ellen has chosen one of our boats in which she will attempt her incredible challenge. GOOD LUCK ELLEN! 

For more information, please go to Ellen's website which contains all her links to social media.

You may also be interested in listening to this recent podcast: “Rowing Home 5000 Miles"