Journey Underway For Couple Attempting To Row Across Atlantic

James Caple (L) and Cindy Way (R) begin their trans-Atlantic journey.

James Caple (L) and Cindy Way (R) begin their trans-Atlantic journey.

SCITUATE – Two rowers aiming to row across the Atlantic Ocean departed from Scituate on Monday, weeks after they had hoped to launch from Chatham on their quest to become the first American couple to complete a trans-Atlantic row.

Tabor Academy graduate Cindy Way and her boyfriend James Caple, both of Virginia, have begun their journey to Dingle, Ireland in their 24-foot ocean rowing boat. The two had been waiting for favorable conditions before launching, and made a last-minute decision to launch from Scituate to avoid crossing the potentially hazardous Chatham break.

As of Wednesday morning, Way and Caple were north of Provincetown. They have been battling rough waters and southerly winds, making it difficult to continue eastward.

“I think we are really prepared for it – mentally and physically by now,” Way told the NewsCenter in May.

“To really go an experience nature in a prolonged extreme environment I think is going to be extraordinary,” Way added.

Caple and Way are the latest to attempt the trans-Atlantic trip. British adventurer Sarah Outen had to be rescued at sea last year after she began her journey in Chatham.

Outen, who was on the final leg of her voyage around the world, was rescued from Hurricane Joaquin after being on the open ocean for 143 days.

“More people have climbed Mount Everest than have rowed an ocean,” Way said.

Their voyage can be tracked with podcasts and blog posts at


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