Tuesday Nov 21, 2023

This Hero Wears Pearls: An Interview with World Record Holder and Author Tori Murden McClure

Picture yourself alone in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean during the worst hurricane season on record. Your boat has no motor or sail, and you’ve lost all communication with those on shore. Your watertight sleeping area is the size of a double-wide coffin, and as the hurricane rages outside, waves frequently pound your little rowboat with the force of a small car crash, pitching your body all around that tiny space.

While this probably sounds more than a bit daunting to you, this was the exact situation faced by Louisville resident Tori Murden when in June of 1998 she set off on a quest to become the first woman and the first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. 

She ultimately achieved that goal, thanks to the support of her friends– including words of wisdom from Muhammad Ali and encouragement from Gerard d’Aboville, the first man to row solo across two oceans–the love of the new man in her life, Mac McClure, and a second journey across the ocean.

Tori Murden McClure captured the details of her suspenseful and exciting adventure in “A Pearl in the Storm: How I Found My Heart in the Middle of the Ocean,” which was adapted into the musical “Row” in 2021. And in this week’s episode we have the honor of speaking with her!


Join us for this fascinating interview with author and world record-holder, Tori Murden McClure. Unlike Tori, you can enjoy this hero’s journey from the comfort of your own home!

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