Lia Ditton

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Around the Unknown

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 [...]

By |2020-04-10T05:56:09+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Blog|5 Comments

The F-Record: Sharks Patrol These Waters!

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 [...]

By |2020-04-10T05:56:09+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Blog|6 Comments

Third Time Lucky?

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 [...]

By |2020-04-10T05:55:32+00:00October 14th, 2018|Blog|7 Comments

Should I stay or should I row?

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 [...]

By |2020-04-10T05:56:09+00:00October 10th, 2018|Blog|9 Comments

Short Film

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.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCnWPhut7cM&t=12s  

By |2020-04-10T05:56:24+00:00August 24th, 2018|Blog|6 Comments

Film Festival Submissions

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, [...]

By |2020-04-10T05:55:32+00:00August 24th, 2018|Blog|6 Comments

New Boat Design

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 Patreon.com/posts/20529983 Sign up for $1 per month or more - today!  

By |2020-04-10T05:55:32+00:00August 5th, 2018|Blog|5 Comments

What did I learn?

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 [...]

By |2020-04-10T05:56:08+00:00August 2nd, 2018|Blog|7 Comments

Breaking Waves

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 [...]

By |2020-04-10T05:56:09+00:00July 29th, 2018|Blog|6 Comments

What have I got to lose?

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 [...]

By |2020-04-10T05:55:31+00:00June 24th, 2018|Blog|6 Comments