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 www.youtube.com/DiscoveryChannelPart1) 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…

 

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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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If you feel that you would like to support my challenge: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/pacific2018

 


What do you know about…

Charity Oars?

Charity Oars

 

Well, Charity Oars are a pair of oars, hand crafted by a master carpenter and boat builder. These oars are being signed by sporting heroes, television, stage, movie stars, local heroes and public figures. All to help raise awareness and funds for Thrombosis UK.

I recently met the man behind the Charity Oars and he has written a blog. The blog is extremely embarrassing and flattering. Paul (the man behind the Charity Oars) is a particularly likeable man who has come up with this great idea, having suffered from a Pulmonary Embolism (PE) himself – sounds nasty and it is!

Here’s Paul’s blog:

“Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream ….!

What wonderful memories these few words bring back, rowing a boat slowly down a stream, no doubt in the sunshine, with the wind blowing softly through the tree’s as the ripples made by the oars float off into the distance.

#Blissful

Not quite the same scenario for Charlie Martell.

Firstly the “row, row, row your boat” is partly correct, however it would be more along the lines of “row, row, row, row, row, row, row, row, row, row, row, row, row, row, row, row, row, row, row, row your boat.”

The “gently down the stream” should in all fairness say “violently, up and down 6 meter high waves across 3,716 miles of ocean.”

Not too sure if there is a Charlie Martell appropriate turn of phrase for “merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily.” I’m guessing the closest would be “merrily I see land…!!”

The line “life is but a dream.” It doesn’t matter if the dream is big, or if the dream is small, but a dream is still an ambition, a challenge, a goal and so much more, and life should be a dream.

So far this crazy (inspirational), mad (heroic), silly (admirable) chap has taken part in a race to the North Pole, Rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, taken part in The Real Boat Race which is a 500-mile, six-day rowing challenge starting In London, at The London Eye, and ending at the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Crews have to navigate two of the world’s most historic rivers and must also cross the English Channel – the world’s busiest shipping channel. Charlie attempted to row the Pacific Ocean (only to be beaten by Typhoon Mawar). Charlie is now planning to take on the Pacific Ocean “again” in 2018 …! To top it all off Charlie is part of the team “Flying for Freedom” who are mounting a daring expedition, which will be undertaken by eight wounded and injured servicemen. Its objective is to focus attention on the urgent need to build self-sustaining activities that get our injured veterans back into work and daily life.

The Expedition, which is organised in partnership with Help for Heroes, will show their ability not their disability as they each fly by microlight to the South Pole.

So let’s recap … North Pole, South Pole, Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean and a jolly jaunt from London to Paris ….!!

So, when you have the opportunity to meet and chat with such an inspirational person it seemed the right thing to do. As you know the whole Charity Oars campaign is about gaining support from sportsmen, women, television, film stars and people who are inspirational within the community. Charlie Martell certainly is an inspiration.

So off we popped to Paddington station, trying not to look too suspicious or out of place. Standing casually by the “meeting” sign with an 8 foot oar, I seemed to fit in rather well. True, a couple of the other people were standing there with flowers and presents, I dread to think what they thought I was up to…? Answers on a postcard to ……

Well up walked Charlie, a cheery handshake and off we went for a coffee …!

To accomplish all of the adventures that he has undertaken to date, and the support he’s had from his many sponsors and most importantly the charities that he has supported along the way, is a testament to all that is right with the world.

Now this is the part that I’m hoping the lovely Ellisa skips past (of course she might not get this far I do tend to waffle on..!) Well, as Charlie and I chatted on about life, adventures, mentoring, life challenges and other such admirable subjects, the conversation came to “what happens once the Charity Oars are auctioned off?” Well, according to Charlie “The Atlantic is an achievable goal…!”

So who’s up for a row?

It’s all too easy as time passes (a sad truth I’m afraid) to just stop and think you’re done and there’s nothing left out there to drive you, to push you, to stop you living…..!

Well along with Charlie, I couldn’t disagree more….! After surviving Typhoon Mawar, the “normal” response you’d think would be “nope, not doing that again…!” But no, in fact Charlie’s response was; “What if we experience bad weather again? I’m certain it will happen, but I hope it’s not of typhoon strength. If Blossom and I were to find ourselves in a typhoon again, I’m confident we would not only survive again, but would come out of it relatively unscathed and able to continue on our journey.”

survivor səˈvʌɪvə/

noun: survivor; plural noun: survivors

a person who survives, especially a person remaining alive after an event – A person who copes well with difficulties in their life.

Survivors come in all shapes, sexes, colours, heights and sizes. Survivors come from all professions, communities and backgrounds. Now here was someone who had survived a typhoon, and countless other “adventures” personally and professionally.

In the journey so far, the Charity Oars have met some truly amazing people, I mean “truly” amazing. The bizarre circumstance of sitting in a coffee bar at Paddington Station, chatting with a double Guinness Record holder, a chap who has rowed the Atlantic, nearly the Pacific (damn that typhoon), been to the North Pole as well as soon heading to the South Pole, and wants to look for that next adventure, well how could we be anything but in awe…..?….!

It truly was an honor to meet such a chap, who’d of thought all of those years ago I would have been chatting to a Double Guinness Record holder? Not I …!

So, oceans, polar expeditions, an apparent gentle row from London to Paris, now chatting with the Charity Oars …. How amazing is Charlie’s life?

So from a son of a RN Commander (I really wasn’t ever going to follow in his footsteps…!!) all those orders…!! I’d like to give a huge “salute” of thanks to Charlie, for all he’s accomplished so far, for all the amazing adventures in the future, for all the amazing support he’s given to charities and individuals and for the inspiration he gives to so many people. The Charity Oars say …

#Thankyou #TopChap “

Polar Challenge 2005

HMS Mersey visiting Team HESCO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DW Start

Sunset Pacific Ocean 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G-CHGA Sundown

 

To read more about Charity Oars: Charity Oars website  To read (and learn) more about Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Pulmonary Embolism (PE): Thrombosis UK