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JLL surveyor hoping to set new 2,400 mile Pacific rowing record in fundraising race

Team ‘Boatylicious’ set off from California to Hawaii with the aim of raising £40,000 for charity

London, 6th June 2014 – JLL trainee Surveyor Emily Blagden is one of 4 women hoping to set a new world record in the first ever Pacific Rowing Race which starts on June 7th.
The race route, which is organised by New Ocean Wave, will follow the west-bound passage across the mid pacific from Monterey Bay, California to Honolulu, Hawaii . It comprises a total distance of 2,400 miles.
The team are hoping to set a world record for being the first all-female team of four to row the Mid-Pacific route and are expecting to complete the race within 40-45 days. They are looking to raise £40,000 for WaterAid, Hope & Homes for Children and The Ahoy Centre.
Emily, who is in JLL’s Property Management team, commented: “5,700 people have reached the summit of Mount Everest but only 5 people have ever rowed this Pacific Ocean route. It’s a daunting challenge that will involve rowing two hours on, two hours off for the entire 45 day crossing. We are grateful for any support that will help our charities continue their inspiring work!”
David Gardiner, Director in JLL’s Property and Asset Management team added: “We were delighted to allow Emily a three month sabbatical to carry out the extraordinary feat of rowing, in an all girl crew, from California to Hawaii.  This will be a new world record if successfully achieved and will help two worthwhile charities; Hope and Homes for Children and the Ahoy Centre. We wish Emily and her crew the very best of luck.”
You can find out more about the team, the race and how to donate on the ‘Boatylicious’ website:  and follow @Boatylicious4  for further updates.