Transatlantic Rowing Hopefuls Still Haven’t Left For Europe

COURTESY OF CINDY WAY Cindy Way and James Caple plan to row across the Northern Atlantic Ocean.

Cindy Way and James Caple plan to row across the Northern Atlantic Ocean.

PLYMOUTH – The Virginia couple hoping to cross the Atlantic in a modified rowboat have yet to hit the water.

According to their blog,, Cindy Way and boyfriend James Caple are still held up in Mattapoisett, waiting on favorable wind conditions.

It’s been at least a week since the pair was hoping to launch, but easterly winds would have blown them back toward Boston, according to the latest blog post.

The couple cites other transatlantic efforts as evidence for the trip remaining viable, event this late in the season.

Other expeditions, like a 1966 British effort, started off from Cape Cod in early June.

The pair plans to leave either from Chatham Harbor or Scituate Harbor, depending on tidal and wind conditions.

“I think we are really prepared for it – mentally and physically by now,” Way said. “And we are just anxious to get on the water and get across.”

Way had always wanted to be a rower after watching Rob Lowe in the 1984 move “Oxford Blues” and it was one of the reasons why she chose to attend Tabor Academy. She had always been a flat water rower until she met Caple.

Caple has been a rower since attending college at the Citadel, and later at graduate school at Boston University. He found out about ocean rowing after he moved to Northern Virginia and attempted to make the U.S. men’s National Skulling Team.

Caple has been planning to row across an ocean since 2008.

She said the trip also shows others in the country and our society that individuals can get away before retirement and experience life.

Their voyage can be tracked with podcasts and blog posts at

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