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403, 2019

FISHING-FOR-SURVIVAL: Chapter 1

March 4th, 2019|

Fishing-for-survival training begins THIS WEEK! From a selection of trolling lures, I have borrowed two lures for my first round of training. The blue one I have named ‘Blue Lagoon’ and the orange one ‘Tropical Punch.’ Proper fisher-people probably do not name their lures, but as an aspiring fisher-person I have decided I would.   I also have lures for [...]

1802, 2019

BONUS STORM

February 18th, 2019|

For Part 1 click here. Part 2 By noon, the visibility socked in, 1 mile or less. The wind increased its howl and rain poured down. I was drifting at around 0.7 to 1.5 knots - too fast - so I wriggled into my foul weather, donned my harness and went on deck to deploy a drogue. A short time later [...]

1702, 2019

SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY

February 17th, 2019|

ROUND CATALINA Part 1 I left the dock at night into the teeth of 18-25 knots of wind. I wanted a romp, a fast blast to Catalina. Adrenalin kept me awake and the cold numbed my body until it became detached from my mind. Chaotic, messy, loud, colliding, the sea was rough and mildly nauseating. I was over the Redondo [...]

1302, 2019

HAS THERE BEEN ANY BACKLASH?

February 13th, 2019|

I spoke out for the first time about my 7-year experience of being stalked, on Thursday January 24th at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon, CA. It was the hardest talk I have ever chosen to deliver. The purpose of the evening was to explore the question WHY. Why do I want to row across the Pacific Ocean? I am [...]

902, 2019

AN OPEN LETTER TO MY STALKER

February 9th, 2019|

Dear Christophe Launay, I am speaking out about being stalked by you, because after 7 years I refuse to live in fear anymore. This isn’t revenge. I wish you no harm. I write this today to set myself free of the shame, that I am the one you stalked; to fill in the missing years of the story of my [...]

2101, 2019

First Presentation of The Year

January 21st, 2019|

THIS WEEK Thursday 7PM  I'll be giving a talk at the Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon, CA. This is going to be a talk like no other. One I've never given before... and may never give again. The subject is WHY? The big Why. Why do I want to row across the Pacific Ocean? Free and open to the public [...]

401, 2019

Film Release

January 4th, 2019|

PERSEVERANCE Here it is! The full 8-min film of my California Coast Row June 2018. This film was funded by my Patreon.com/rowliarow family of Believers. Consider supporting today 😊 https://vimeo.com/305547172

201, 2019

2018 – Beyond The Gate

January 2nd, 2019|

The first part of the year was hard, but each Believer who signed up on Patreon helped me get back on the oars. Rowing to the Farallons in April was a proper 3-day adventure. Little did I know that ‘short’ training row would become one of last year’s greatest challenges. I departed for what became my final, record-setting attempt on [...]

312, 2018

Slice Slice Baby!*

December 3rd, 2018|

When I was coming up with the name of the exhibition 'Slice of History', I remembered there was another work of art with the name 'Slice of... In fact, I'd met the artist! In May 2006,I reenacted my first solo transatlantic race (the OSTAR 2005, Plymouth UK > Newport RI) as art installation called 'Absolute Solitude.' I lived on my [...]

511, 2018

I got a Casting Call

November 5th, 2018|

After appearing on the Theo Von show ‘This Past Weekend’ in August (link here), I got a call from a Hollywood casting director. Yeah, right - that's what I thought too. This person hit me up on every platform (blog contact, insta, twit, effbook) and so I decided to give her a call as requested. She wanted me as a [...]

2310, 2018

Home James And Don’t Spare the Horses!

October 23rd, 2018|

Click for Part 1. The situation was worse than I thought. The retrieval line for the sea anchor must have got trapped under the parachute of the sea anchor. Hand over hand, I began to haul in the deployment line. The line must have dragged along the sea bed as long centipede creatures (sea lice?) fell off the line and dropped [...]

2210, 2018

Around the Unknown

October 22nd, 2018|

Click for Part 1. Full of hope, I hauled in the sea anchor on Tuesday 16th October and set off for the Farallons at 6AM. It was still dark, but the black was starting to mute into lighter shades of grey. Mount Tamalpais and the Marin Peninsula were etched onto the horizon as San Francisco woke up with the sun. [...]

2210, 2018

The F-Record: Sharks Patrol These Waters!

October 22nd, 2018|

Conversation with Rick Leach, shore crew.                       I called my parents. “We had better get off the phone,” my father said. “You must have a lot to do.” My boat prepped, my food packed, on my way to the dock I stopped by the convenience store. I thumbed through to [...]

1410, 2018

Third Time Lucky?

October 14th, 2018|

Tonight at 5PM, I will row 7 miles across the bay from Richmond to Horseshoe Cove. I will spend the night on anchor. 7AM tomorrow, I will row out the Gate. Bound for where? The Farallon Islands. This will be attempt #3 to round the Farallons, to set a new record I have fondly come to refer to as The F-Record.  [...]

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