Pacific 2012… The Diary continued (3)

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“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

Devizes to Westminster, 125 miles by kayak

Passing through Hungerford

Passing through Hungerford

The Easter weekend once again saw the annual Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race (“DW”) take place. The race sees the senior doubles depart Devizes on Easter Saturday, heading down the avon & Kennett canal towards Reading. At Reading the crews have an enforced portage, prior to heading down the Thames towards Teddington. Crews must reach Teddington within the tide gate (30mins before high tide to 3hrs 30mins after high tide), or risk being stopped at Teddington until the next high tide.

Just been fed, ready for the off.

Just been fed, ready for the off.

Once again, I opted to undertake this gruelling endurance race in a folding kayak, commonly referred to as a Klepper. The ‘Klepper’ is a heavy, wide and slow beast of a kayak, not designed for racing, but designed for carrying equipment. It certainly adds an extra slant to the race, knowing that racing a klepper is probably the hardest thing to do in DW Race terms.
This year, five folding kayaks entered the race, with three actually taking part. One more than last year.
The conditions this year were a lot more favourable than last year (2013 sub zero temperatures were experienced), that said a persistent head wind and lack of flow made for another tough DW race.
For us, the race didn’t go according to plan. We were hoping to beat last year’s time of 26hrs 8 mins, but due to various issues including a time consuming but repairable technical issue, we managed to miss the tide gate, delaying our arrival at Westminster.
We did notice a number of slower crews in K2s deciding to retire from the race in the vicinity of Teddington. I realise they have their reasons, but Westminster is approximately a three hour paddle from Teddington… most, if not all kayaks could have reached Westminster with relatively little effort.
We continued to Westminster, rather than give up… arriving at 2210hrs on Easter Sunday, some 37hrs and 46 minutes after leaving Devizes. We finished!

I extend my sincere thanks to our support crew, our supporters, the DW Race staff and those who very kindly donated to my chosen charities, Give Them a Sporting Chance and Talking 2 Minds.