Blog 2017-11-07T22:12:03+00:00
1701, 2018

Be A BELIEVER

January 17th, 2018|

My Dear World blog was one of those blogs you publish, then instantly want to retract. It's a bitter pill to tell the world that something didn't work out, you felt like you failed and are struggling to continue. Even after the messages started flooding in, my finger itched to press delete. Support came at me from every angle - [...]

1101, 2018

Dear World,

January 11th, 2018|

This isn’t an easy blog for me to write. I am sorry to say that the YO! Row came end on 31 December 2017. What hasn’t ended is my intent to row the North Pacific. I own the boat. The training will continue. When I was in the boatyard taking off the YO! stickers last month, passers-by would say ‘Oh [...]

401, 2018

Pilgrimage North

January 4th, 2018|

Wind buffets the car as the wipers pace from left to right. I had been advised against taking the coastal road. In the forecast weather there would be nothing to see and on the freeway in the rain there is surely even less. The heater is on, snacks laid out, phone plugged in. Googlemaps says 2 hours 30 minutes, but I [...]

301, 2018

Women to Watch in Sport in 2018

January 3rd, 2018|

In December of last year, I was contacted by sassy sports entrepreneur and lawyer, Alana Glass who is also the pro sports contributor for Forbes! Alana had come across my story and wanted to include me in her list of Women to Watch in Sport in 2018. Big cheese!!! I was delighted. Here's the full article and below is my interview. [...]

201, 2018

2017 – My Year of Rowing an Ocean in a Bowl

January 2nd, 2018|

Getting caught in a squall off the Berkeley shore is one of the most dangerous moments of my career. The ocean can be challenging, but it’s land that poses a bigger threat to any vessel. I learned many lessons and gained confidence from the experience. Bolinas and back…goodness me. I am exhausted just by the memory having thrown sleep deprivation [...]

1212, 2017

Mavericks

December 12th, 2017|

mav·er·ick ˈmav(ə)rik/ noun 1. an unorthodox or independent-minded person.   Saturday 09 December 3am Alarm goes. Beddit tells me I've managed 5hrs 34 minutes of sleep and took 40 minutes to fall asleep. My clothes are laid out, my food and water bottles filled and ready by the door. I stretch and hit the road. 4:05am Off the dock at the SFYC.  [...]

912, 2017

Be Bold, Be Brave, Be Smart

December 9th, 2017|

SF > Half Moon Bay Saturday 8th December - 32 nautical miles (10-15hr Row) I'm 90% sure I’ve got this, but what I’ve learned from my rows in the bay of San Francisco is that conditions can change in an instant. In my last 10hr+ row to Bolinas and back I struggled from sleep deprivation. For this row I decided to [...]

712, 2017

King Tides

December 7th, 2017|

From Sausalito to Berkeley is a good 4hr row. Usually I go under Angel Island rather than over through Raccoon Straits. On Tuesday since my boat was at the San Francisco Yacht Club, I decided to take the Straits. The forecast was light, 10-12 from the E/SE. Hardly ideal, but I can row into 10-12 knots it’s just not much [...]

911, 2017

Part 3: If You Have An Anchor Why Not Use It

November 9th, 2017|

(Click here for Part 1) The only upside of being blinded by apocalyptic search light - three times - is that I rowed so far onto the bank of San Pablo bay that I found myself in flat water and surprisingly, in better current flow.  You can see from the chart of my HR, how my HR increased during and [...]

611, 2017

Part 2: Bored O’ Clock

November 6th, 2017|

(Click here for Part 1) It's 6:30pm at night and I am wandering around Vallejo, sore, tired and desperately hungry. All three taquerias in my vicinity are closed. I follow my nose. This leads me to a Chinese restaurant, where the answer to everything is no. ‘May I order half a $12 portion of bok choy?’ ‘No.’ ‘May I get [...]

511, 2017

Part 1: Vallay-ee-oh!

November 5th, 2017|

From the outset I knew that rowing to Vallejo was going to be tough. How much would the tide help me? I didn’t know. Could I row 18 nautical miles before the tide turned against me? I was going to find out. My route was a 36 mile roundtrip from Paradise Cay; my plan to leave Sausalito for Paradise Cay [...]

3010, 2017

Part 2: Back from Bolinas

October 30th, 2017|

The disappearance of the moon sets my body off on another desire to sleep. It’s not so much that I want to sleep, mostly I want to stop rowing. I decide to let the boat drift and go in my cabin and lie down for 10 minutes. Except I am not exactly offshore. I am just south of a graveyard [...]

2910, 2017

Part 1: Lia & the Zephyrs

October 29th, 2017|

I call TowBoat US. The California coastline is no place to get caught offshore in an 800 pound rowboat, solo, at night without a backup plan. I need a support boat on standby before I venture offshore overnight.  I can’t imagine TowBoat US will sell me membership. My boat has oars, no sails, no engine, but it’s worth a call.  [...]

2510, 2017

Part 2: Kayaker with Chest Pains

October 25th, 2017|

The wind is now fresh from the E/SE, but I settle in for the slog and manage 2+ knots.  “What’s our strategy? I was thinking of cutting across to the north shore.”  “Let’s row along the south shore.” Don says.  This reminds me of a great quote in the book ‘Sod’s Law of the Sea,’ in which the husband says, [...]

2510, 2017

Part 1: Mile Stones

October 25th, 2017|

When Don Bekins and I rowed under the Golden Gate, out to Point Bonita and back on September 22nd, there was no wind, no wind at all. Not even a puff to send us home. Yesterday, we knew, would be different. Our original plan was to row today, but Don and his wife had made plans to go away for [...]

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