Part 2: Towed

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 [...]

By | 2018-06-16T06:32:27+00:00 June 10th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|4 Comments

Follow Your Fear – Part 1

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 [...]

By | 2018-06-16T06:31:52+00:00 June 9th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Row to Nowhere

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 [...]

By | 2018-04-25T22:39:52+00:00 April 25th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Around Farallon: Record Attempt

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 [...]

By | 2018-04-24T05:23:25+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Snakes & Ladders – Part 1

“WAIT!” A man hurried down the dock towards me and my boat. I looked around, but there was no one else on the dock. “You’re leaving too soon!” he said. I was 30 minutes from departing to row to the Farallon Islands. The man, who introduced himself as David Holscher fished out his phone and [...]

By | 2018-04-04T04:44:47+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

To The Farallons And Back

Tomorrow I will depart from the SFYC in Tiburon and row towards the SE Farallon Island... and back. This is not the world record attempt (Golden Gate Bridge > round the Farallons > back to the Golden Gate Bridge), which is pending approval from the Guinness World Record Association. But a warm-up. A 24-30 hour [...]

By | 2018-04-07T03:56:02+00:00 March 28th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|3 Comments

The Farallon Plan

December 31st I received a message via my RowLiaRow FB page. Would you be interested in joining me as I transport scientists to/from the Farallons as part of the Farallon Patrol on 1/20? It’s the only way ‘civilians’ ever get to go ashore on the Farallons. I slept on it and replied yes. My hesitation? [...]

By | 2018-03-26T00:19:54+00:00 March 25th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments

NEW BOAT: Designer Announced

I am delighted to announce I will be working with Antrim Designs on the new boat for my World Record Attempt to be the first woman to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean. After my first solo sailing race across the Atlantic in a 35ft trimaran, I delivered an Antrim 40 trimaran 1,000 miles [...]

By | 2018-03-22T19:30:23+00:00 March 18th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Big Waves: Bigger Boat

Click here to read Part 1. “I’m in” Captain Rod texted at 08:33AM that morning. After our aborted mission, we were on again for tomorrow! Captain Rod and I had worked together before, in the 2014 and 2016 edition of the Great Pacific Race (a rowboat race from Monterey to Hawaii). I was the Safety [...]

By | 2018-03-09T04:14:41+00:00 March 7th, 2018|Blog, Uncategorized|0 Comments