Regular Updates Beginning

THE MORNING AFTER: On Rick Shema’s Weather Update – do go and have a look – is a good report of yesterday’s events. My personal thanks to Rick and his family for allowing me to stay there in the run-up to Roz’s arrival. (You can find Rick’s information by clicking here. Rita.) It is now just after 5pm Hawaiian time and Roz has just called … Continued

Day 98 Countdown to Roz’s Arrival

Countdown to Roz’s Arrival – Possibly Monday September 1. On Thursday I flew over the Pacific from California to Hawaii for nearly five hours, at a speed of about 500 miles per hour. The ocean appeared to be so vast, so empty, so endless. Involved as I have been with Roz since she departed on May 25th, I still find it incredible that my daughter … Continued

Day 97: Pearl of Peace

This afternoon, as the clouds of a squall passed away, I glanced over my shoulder and saw land – the first land I’ve seen since I rowed past the Farralone Islands just west of San Francisco. That was on May 26th, many miles and several watermakers ago. I was seeing the cloud-shaded outlines of Maui and Molokai, two of the Hawaiian islands that lie between … Continued

Day 96: Guest Blog: International year of the Reef

Aloha! I am honored to be asked by Roz and her support team to provide a blog entry so that Roz can concentrate on rowing to Hawai’i. We can’t wait to greet her in Waikiki! I have not had the pleasure yet of meeting Roz but from what I have read and heard, she is simply amazing! To even begin to imagine myself embarking on … Continued

Day 95: Hello Hawaii – Almost

Today I passed the line of longitude of Hilo, which lies on the western side of the Big Island of Hawaii. This marks the start of the final countdown into Waikiki. When I did the Atlantic Rowing Race, the race organizers decided to call it a valid Atlantic crossing as soon as a crew passed the line of longitude of Barbados – even though the … Continued

Day 94: Fundamental Issues

I’ve been at sea for over 3 months now, and it’s starting to take its toll on my body. I’ve been fortunate so far – but this week I’ve started to fall apart. Nothing major – fingernails lifting from fingers (apparently due to some fungal thing), aches in the back, sunburned skin – but worst of all is the saltwater rash. It may sound like … Continued

Day 93: Waikiki or Bust!

In 2002 I went to the Explore weekend seminar at London’s distinguished Royal Geographical Society. I was to be the sponsorship organizer for an archaeological expedition to Peru, going in search of Inca ruins in the cloudforest near Machu Picchu, and the expedition leader had recommended Explore as a great opportunity to learn about the nuts and bolts of planning an expedition. At the end … Continued

Day 92: Things I Am Looking Forward To?

.Not saying I’ve missed these things, because it is just a different existence out here – but they are all things I enjoy that I haven’t been able to do for over three months now: And now that the end of my voyage is drawing near, I am starting to think about my “other” life again – my life on dry land. – bathing in … Continued

Day 89: A Watery Walkabout

I aspire to be happy, healthy, and wise. I think many of us do. And for me, once I’d figured out that my old materialistic lifestyle was not making me especially happy, I needed to find a new set of values. These were pretty fundamental questions I was asking, a major change of life direction. I had a wonderful month in early 2004 when I … Continued