If you like dolphins, then you may enjoy watching the short clip I have posted on youtube, click on ‘Dolphins‘ to watch! Enjoy :)

Pacific 2012… The Diary continued (3)

Is secured? Is it working?

“0730hrs (Tokyo), Wednesday 16 05 2012

36 02.436 N, 150 45.170 E, Cabin Temp 22 C, Batteries 13Amp.

Still riding the Kuroshio current , heading North East with the assistance of a southerly wind swinging round to the south west later. Miserable grey sky and rain.

I suspect I only have a few more days in the Kuroshio current, then it will be row, row, row… providing wind is not against me.

My next major waypoint “Pac 2″ is 1195nm away as the crow flies, on a bearing of 067. I wonder how long it will take to get (near) there!!!”


“0620hrs (Tokyo), Thursday 17 05 2012

36 21.550 N, 151 30.206 E, Cabin Temp 23.5 C, Batteries 12.5 Amp.

Admin done – breakfast (porridge, coffee), cleaned footwell, checked watermaker locker, sent emails, sorted kit out in cabin after yesterday/last night’s bumpy ride.

Hot, sunny day today, will need plenty of water and breaks, but will need to push on eastwards (wind is Westerly 5mph from 0900-1800 :) )

On this day two years ago, Dave T. and Chris C were killed in an air crash in Afghanistan. RIP guys.

1750hrs – knackered. Not a huge distance rowed, probably about 25nm or so. Good hot scran “Babottie” by ‘Back Country Cuisine’ – recommend it!

So, am through the £11k mark (raised for charity – Give Them a Sporting Chance and Toe in The Water) and Discovery Channel (video was a success – awesome! Chuffed to bits!”


“0650hrs (Tokyo), Friday 18 05 2015 (end of week 2)

36 33.848 N, 151 43.773 E, Cabin Temp 18.1 C, Batteries 12.4 Amp.

So, next 6-9hrs look to be rubbish conditions, a minor defeat in the big scheme of things.

Going to be a long day :( That said, seeing dolphins yesterday and getting them on video was great! :) And scran last night was fantastic! :)

So, looking at weather forecast, I should look to row from 1500-1615hrs. Hot wets, scran, video diary, then row on again until 2100hrs and push east and recover lost ground. At least wind is in my favour until 0900hrs (approx).”


“0500hrs (Tokyo), Saturday 19 05 2012

36 44.605 N, 151 44.190 E, Cabin Temp 21.7 C, Batteries 12.4 Amp.

1640hrs, on drogue. Although wind is north westerly, waves are all over the place. Will be an uncomfortable night again, heading south, south west.

YellowBrick 3 (YB3) not working. YB2 activated. Not receiving text from today. Hopefully be able to row tomorrow morning and push north east. Nice (1st) email from Lizzie today :)”


“0600hrs (Tokyo), Sunday 20 05 2012

36 39.346 N, 151 58.442 E, Cabin Temp 19.6 C, Batteries 12.4 Amp.

Good night’s sleep and was up at 0400hrs. Disappointed to see I’ve made another loop :( – in fact this morning, feel a bit pi**ed off and generally unhappy. No idea why. Had a chat with myself to buck my ideas up. Thought about those whom have sent me positive messages. Looked at notes/messages on cabin roof. All helps.

It’s a grey, dreary day. Foul weather kit on. Need to make some progress. Been sat in this area too long now. Time to crack on.

Target today – 14.4nm – no where near achieved. 5nm (DMG) max.

F*cking hard mentally – really. This (poor weather) will last until until Thursday. As Leo would say, ‘Need to keep you sh*t together.’

Tomorrow’s another day…


serious ocean selfie

Something fishy!

Pacific 2012… The Diary continued (2)

“0730hrs (Tokyo), Friday 11 05 2012

36 28.731 N, 145 38.638 E, Cabin Temp 22.1 C, Batteries 12.4 Amp.


Another very bumpy ride last night. Being pushed SE by NW wind. Still blowing. Need to push east, so will deploy drogue and try to come round to course.

As the crow flies, I’m 239nm from Choshi Marina.”


“0915hrs (Tokyo), Saturday 12 05 2012

36 00.362 N, 146 27.187 E, Cabin Temp 27.4 C, Batteries 13 Amp.

No drogue. No para anchor. Set rudder to course heading almost due east. Hot brekkie this :) Had quick chat with shore support. Responded to emails. Try to get some sleep tonight. Will aim to send short video to send back to shore ( Blue sky with some clouds, good wind. Got word that Sarah Outen intends to leave Choshi tomorrow – cool beans. A few birds around today. Maybe petrels?

Approx 1330hrs local – almost capsized. Big slam dunk from starboard wave. Boat turned heavily to port, water up gunwhales. Baled water (electric pump). Checked all lockers, watermaker locker had build up of water inside – cleaned it out. Tested watermaker, still works.”


“0907hrs (Tokyo) 13 05 2012

36 30.307 N, 147 19.758 E, Cabin Temp 24.9 C, Batteries 13.2 Amp

On drogue, using current and wind to drive me NE towards waypoint ‘Pac 2’ which is 1,331nm away!

Managed to boil some water this morning and re-hydrated a chicken korma. Makes a change from all the sweet snacks I’ve been living off recently. Enough water for hot chocolate too.

Just listened to ‘Right Said Fred – Deeply Dippy’ – hilarious!

Condensation in cabin is an issue. Just started re-reading ‘Flashman’ – funny!!! Really impressed with Telaurus – support is fantastic – kit supplied; excellent – thank you :-)

Wind and current changed several hours ago, heading east now at 1640hrs. Approx 330nm from Choshi, average 41nm per day. Sarah Outen left Choshi this morning – Good Luck!”


“0630hrs (Tokyo), 14 05 2012

36 26.771 N, 148 15.577 E, Cabin Temp 23.9 C, Batteries 12.8 Amp

Vessel “London Express” is 14nm due south of, destination is Yokohama.

Fairly restless night due to backache. Hard to get comfy. Condensation dripping onto face like some form of water torture. Messages certainly are good for morale although one or two do bring a tear (of joy!) to the eye. Continuing to be taken East South East, but wind is dying out over next 24hrs, then southerly due to kick in, increasing to 30knots over next 3 days. So, check over Blossom, move food, admin, rest and wait…”


“1705hrs (Tokyo), 15 05 2012

35 52.981 N, 149 57.250 E, Cabin Temp 22.1 C, Batteries 13 Amp

What an amazing day! (entry in logbook reads ‘see emails dated today’ – must have a look and find out what was so amazing!). Wind due to pick up from south. Close to breaking 400nm DMG (Distance Made Good). Still a long way to go, but targets are important if achievable.

Need to try ‘iPadio’ tomorrow. Need to raise my voice volume when doing (video) diary. Jake McQueen – what a star! (donated an amount of £).”



Pacific 2012… The Diary continued…

Rowing away from Japan towards the USA, across the Pacific Ocean

Rowing away from Japan towards the USA, across the Pacific Ocean


Having recently dug out my logbook, I thought I might share some more diary entries with you.

“0610hrs (Tokyo time), Tuesday 08 05 2012

36 49.125 N, 143 27.399 E, Cabin Temp 24.4 C, Batteries 12Amp each.

Some really encouraging messages from numerous supporters including my father, sister, Ben G. (list of names in my logbook).

Tweeted by Matthew Pinsent and Ben Fogle”


“1045hrs (Tokyo time), Wednesday 09 05 2012

Rowed from about 1600hrs yesterday through until past midnight. Headed due south, towards Kuroshio Current. As soon as I was in it, steering became problematic. Put out para-anchor. Called Tony (shore support). I had rowed approximately 12 miles and was aiming for 20-25 miles. Hands blistered. Was knackered.

Luckily, para-anchor pulling me east at the time of writing. I’ve tried to row further south, deeper into the current, but with wind against me it’s just not happening. Being blown NE. Not ideal but must wait for wind to die down before I can head S/SE again. It’s frustrating, but must focus on bigger picture – days, weeks, months still to go”

Conditions for 09 05 2012:

UTC 1900-0400 Veering 10knots = Tokyo 0400-1300

UTC 0400-0700 NW 10knots = Tokyo 1300-1600

UTC 0700-1000 NW 15knots = 1600-1900

UTC 1000-1300 NW 20-25knots = 1900-2200

UTC 1300-1900 WNW 25knots = 2200-0400

UTC 1900-0400 W 25knots = 0400-1300


“0455hrs (Tokyo time), Thursday 10 05 2012

36 38.941 N, 144 22.154 E, Cabin Temp 22.9C, Batteries 12.2Amp each

In the Kuroshio as of 1900hrs last night. Dropped para-anchor as it had started raining, I was tired and hungry. Thunder and lightning through the night – bumpy ride – Blossom did well. I thought we were going to capsize on several occasions. Very little sleep, but need to eat and row to maintain latitude of 36 36.000N and take advantage of strong winds later.

With strong winds came rain. High seas. Pushed NE whilst on anchor, then drogue. As soon as it all died down, drogue stowed, now heading east expecting NW winds later so should be pushed back into the current.

Some great messages received!”

Conditions for 10 05 2012:

UTC 2100-0600 W25-30 = Tokyo 0600-1500

UTC 0600-1200 NW 30-25 = Tokyo 1500-2100

UTC 1200-1800 NW 20 = Tokyo 2100-0300


A video diary of 10th May 2012 can be viewed here:


Pacific 2012… The diary…

Leaving Choshi, Japan, 2012

Leaving Choshi, Japan, 2012


“5th May 2012: At 0455hrs, I slipped from Choshi Marina and started to row Blossom, manoeuvring from the pontoon, out through the marina into the Pacific Ocean. A small sailing yacht (“Telia”) also slipped, onboard was ‘Kaz’, Kuroshe, Valerie B, Claire and my new friend Justin D. (Bad writing shows how bumpy it was)”

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