Thanks for the questions guy’s, hope you enjoyed reading about my trip.
Is there anything I would have done differently?
There is always things in retrospect you would do differently on trips like this, when I came back from the Atlantic I made a list of 48 things that could be improved and that was just to do with the boat.
On this trip the biggest difference I could have made would have been to leave earlier. Sometime in early May, this would have given me better weather the whole way, I would have been well south before the hurricanes in the northern hemisphere and had better trade winds in the southern hemisphere. Unfortunately due to work commitments June 1st was the earliest I could get away and even that was tight.
How Long have you been passionate about rowing?
I’m really a runner, I have competed on the track, roads and cross country since I was a teenager. I still run everyday (except when at sea) but was looking for a new challenge a number of years ago. I rowed the Atlantic in 2011/12 and spent 3 years getting ready for that. I bought a training scull in 2008 and discovered I really liked rowing. I did most of my training at the lake where we have a family cottage and there is no better feeling than gliding across the mirror flat water at 5am with the loons calling in the background.
Did I sleep?
If so did currents send me the wrong way?
How did I divide my rowing / sleeping time?
Yes I slept, although not a lot. Somewhere between 3 and 5 hours a day. Sometimes when conditions were really bad it would be even less than that but you have to find a balance between moving the boat forward and resting.
Quite a lot of the time when resting you would drift the wrong way, there were sections of the journey where you also drifted the right way. However I had to re row many 100’s of kilometers that were lost due to not being at the oars, even stopping to fill my water bottles lost me 500m in the wrong direction sometimes.
I rowed between 13 and 15 hours a day most days, sometimes longer again depending on the conditions.
What inspired me to do the trip?
I rowed the Atlantic in 2011/12 and although it was hard work I expected it to push me to the edge on my capabilities. When I finished the Atlantic I was proud I had crossed in such a quick time but new quite quickly that I hadn’t found the complete challenge I was looking for. So I went looking for a tough rowing challenge and decided on the Pacific crossing. I also decided to do the hardest route from North America to Australia, it definitely turned out to be the challenge I was looking for.
Where do you come up with these ideas?
I came across the Atlantic rowing race in the early 2000’s and that sparked the interest in Ocean rowing. After some research I decide I wanted to row independently rather than as part of an organised event. I felt rowing independently fitted this type of undertaking and it would allow me to test myself with no big support network.
Did I ever want to give up?
Yes there were a couple of occasions I wanted to give up but I think in a challenge of this size its normal to consider such things. It’s part of the challenge to work through the situations that present themselves and find a way to keep going.
How did you sleep?
I had a small cabin at the back of the boat that housed all my electronic equipment and is also where I slept. I had to work really hard to keep it dry and clean but it was my sanctuary on the boat.
Many thanks for all the questions.
You may be interested in this radio interview: