2010 – A Pearl in the Storm

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In June 1998, Tori McClure began rowing across the Atlantic Ocean solo in a twenty-three-foot plywood boat with no motor or sail. Within days she lost all communication with shore, but decided to forge ahead – not knowing that 1998 would turn out to be the worst hurricane season on record in the North Atlantic. When she was nearly killed by a series of violent storms, Tori was forced to signal for help and go home in what felt like disgrace.

But then her life began to change in unexpected ways. She was hired by Muhammad Ali, who told her that she did not want to be known as the woman who “almost” rowed across the Atlantic. And at thirty-five, Tori fell in love.

A Pearl in the Storm is Tori’s thrilling story of high adventure – and of her personal quest to discover that embracing her own humanity was more important than superhuman feats.

Tori Murden McClure speaking at the Kickoff Event, May 16, 2010: