Keep going, Elsa!

Elsa Hammond

Everyone at MBA Polymers would like to send a special word of encouragement to British adventurer Elsa Hammond, as she continues her daring Pacific solo row to raise awareness of ocean plastic waste. MBA’s CEO Nigel Hunton made a personal donation of £1,000 in support of Elsa’s solo row in October 2013.

Having put in a sterling performance since setting out from Monterey Bay, California in June, Elsa has drifted off course and decided, after much deliberation, not to regain the Great Pacific Race due to the high probability of tropical storms en route. Her fellow competitors are continuing the 2,400-mile journey to Hawaii.


Elsa is not giving up, however, and has decided to change tack towards Mexico, where the race organisers are preparing for her safe arrival. She is still raising funds for the Plastic Oceans Foundation and Global Ocean, and is also carrying out plastic pollution tests for the research group Adventurers and Scientists for Conservation.

Rowing alone and unsupported, Elsa had been the only female solo from Europe to be competing in the inaugural Great Pacific Race, the world’s first rowing race in the Pacific Ocean. If you’d like to read her updates, please click here.