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: