1010, 2018

Should I stay or should I row?

October 10th, 2018|

Two and a half months of meetings, hoop jumping, lots of yeses, lots of excitement, a car bought, an apartment rented for me and then an overnight flip turn on the decision to title sponsor. More on this in my next blog. The upshot is that building a new boat design for a 2019 departure is no longer a reality. [...]

2408, 2018

Short Film

August 24th, 2018|

I am hugely grateful to Danielle Sellwood of Find It Film and Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports (UK equivalent of REI) for the making of this 5-minute film - the fifth and final episode of the Ellis Brigham series: #EngageYourSenses - Women’s Stories of Adventure.  

2408, 2018

Film Festival Submissions

August 24th, 2018|

Submission does not guarantee selection: Sheextreme Festival Oct 2018. Bristol UK The world's first film festival dedicated to celebrating women in extreme sports and adventure.   Kendal Mountain Festival Nov 2018. Lake District UK Kendal Mountain Festival is one of the world's premier mountain film festivals with a vision to inspire more people to explore, enjoy and represent mountains, wilderness [...]

508, 2018

New Boat Design

August 5th, 2018|

My new boat design by naval architect Jim Antrim has been finalised! Naval architects are understandably protective of their designs, but Jim has kindly agreed to let me share the design - and his thinking - with my Patreons! To access this page Sign up for $1 per month or more - today!  

208, 2018

What did I learn?

August 2nd, 2018|

Google search Point Conception and the pages almost all have the tag line, Point Conception: the Cape Horn of the Pacific. Point Conception is to sailors on the West Coast, what Cape Hatteras is to sailors on the East Coast US and rightly so. The point is a collision zone, where land juts into the sea and one weather system [...]

2907, 2018

Breaking Waves

July 29th, 2018|

In Santa Barbara I told myself that by the time I finished untangling my hair, I would have mentally recovered. I finished untangling my hair by the time I left Redondo Beach, but I have still not mentally recovered. There is something about what happened on the night of Thursday 5th July that I have yet to fully process.   [...]

2406, 2018

What have I got to lose?

June 24th, 2018|

My boat is now packed with 10 days worth of food, plus everything I need to survive. Every item onboard (more or less) is attached to something else. Take a moment to imagine having to tie down every possession you own, in case a whirlwind whips through your house or a giant wave dumps your world on its side. In [...]

2106, 2018

The F Record

June 21st, 2018|

Back in April when I began my quest to set a record around the Farallon Islands, I thought of the row with wistful romanticism. I am going ‘far alone,’ I would say looking out to sea. After two attempts gone awry, I have started calling the row the F Record! A weather window large enough to MAYBE, just maybe commence [...]

1406, 2018

O Mag!

June 14th, 2018|

I am in Oprah magazine, July issue!             Here's the full article - OPR070118WellWhere_lo

1006, 2018

Part 2: Towed

June 10th, 2018|

Click here for Part 1. The Coast Guard arrive. Their boat is big and steel and this concerns me. There are three crew plus the driver. The crew are busy readying fenders and without any radio communication the boat veers towards me. They can not be wanting to come alongside, says the voice in my head. Oh yes they can. [...]

906, 2018

Follow Your Fear – Part 1

June 9th, 2018|

Wednesday was going to be THE DAY for my 2nd attempt to set a new record rowing around the Farallon Islands. Then it wasn't THE DAY, so I committed to moving a sailboat. Wednesday, 7AM I wake up and instantly know there is no wind. Except I have committed to moving a sailboat... We move the sailboat, which takes 3x [...]

1905, 2018

Keep Calm and Carry On Rowing

May 19th, 2018|

Last week I joined the 63ft ORMA trimaran Paradox for her delivery up the coast from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to San Francisco.   Captaining boats like this was my pre-rowing life. The trip was a blast from the past and what a blast upwind it was! The sailing was wetter and colder than I EVER hope to experience in my [...]

2504, 2018

Row to Nowhere

April 25th, 2018|

I looked out my kitchen window at 6AM and saw fog. This wasn’t unexpected. The weather was, essentially, unstable. The forecast for the Farallon Islands was good, great even. The question was, could I get away from the clutches of land to take advantage of it? My row to the bridge was more arduous than I would have liked. The [...]

2404, 2018

Around Farallon: Record Attempt

April 24th, 2018|

Tomorrow - Tuesday 24th April - I will venture out the Golden Gate and head for the Farallon Islands, to set what could be (subject to ratification) a new Guinness World Record. Paul Chinn from the San Francisco Chronicle will be at the San Francisco Yacht Club at 7AM to photograph my departure. The weather window isn't perfect. The last [...]

2204, 2018

Weather Window: Confirmed

April 22nd, 2018|

My Record Attempt is 100% go! go! go! for TUESDAY THIS WEEK!! Departing from the Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, I will row some 70-75 nautical miles, solo and unsupported, clockwise around the Farallon Islands, passing beneath SE Farallon and rounding North Farallon before rowing back to the Golden Gate Bridge. On record, no one has rowed to or [...]

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