The Ultimate Packing List

First, a quick brag:Voted #3 in Top Ten Adventure Twitters by Outside Magazine – woohoo! Now, on to the news… The Brocade is now comfortably ensconced in her new home at Pacific Shipyards International on Pier 41. I had spent much of the last 8 months, almost ever since I landed in Hawaii, trying to find somewhere suitable to store her – with absolutely no … Continued

Women of Personality – Who Me?!

Image by Amit Gupta via Flickr There is a wonderful vibe in Team Roz at the moment. This is a big year for us, and it seems as if everything in our lives so far has been preparing us for this moment. All the skills, contacts and experiences that Nicole and I have ever had seem to be relevant to our mission for 2009 – … Continued

Happy (B)Earth Day To You!

Happy Earth Day to you! And Happy Earth Day to the Earth – 4.7 billion years young today, or 6,000 years for the creationists. Either way, pretty darned old. Earth Day was created by Gaylord Nelson in 1970, and was designed to inspire appreciation and awareness of our planet. I’ve been thinking about the Planet Earth a lot today, on many different levels. First, the … Continued

Brocade – Looking Rough

Ian and Joel have been going great guns on the Brocade, despite less than ideal working conditions. They have had to work on her in semi-secret, because in theory the warehouse where she currently lives is for storage only – but in practice we have been left with little choice, as we haven’t been able to find anywhere more suitable to keep her. So we … Continued

Adde parvum parvo magnus acervus erit!

“The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.” – John Lubbock Aloha, friends, from sunshiny Hawaii! Roz has asked me to write a guest blog about something that is a passion of mine, a project that has Team Roz very excited: the newly launched Education section of It’s … Continued

Fortune Favours The Bold – Eventually

This is now the fourth time that I’ve prepared for an expedition – once to Peru, and 3 x ocean rows – and I’m coming to understand how it works. Here is my general guide to expedition timelines in the countdown to the magical T – the Time when it all comes good and you embark on the next great adventure… T minus n months … Continued

Aloha! In Hawaii for Final Countdown

Changes they are a-coming, and currently all for the better. Yesterday I travelled from the mainland to Hawaii for the final countdown to the launch of Pacific Stage 2 on May 24. These next 5 weeks are going to be hectic and exciting. In the 2 months since Nicole came on board as my Program Director, developments have accelerated exponentially, with lots of spooky moments … Continued

Olly Abandons Row – But Lives To Tell The Tale

Today I heard that sad news that ocean rower Oliver Hicks has decided to temporarily abandon his attempt to become the first person to row around Antarctica. His ambitious plan was expected to involve 18 months alone in the Southern Ocean, in some of the coldest, windiest, most inhospitable waters in the world. But extrapolating from his rate of progress over the first 80 days, … Continued

The JUNKeteers Ride Again

I am in Vancouver for a couple of days – primarily to see off my friends Marcus (of the JUNK raft) and Anna from the Algalita Foundation, as they set out to ride their bikes from Canada to Mexico to raise awareness of plastic pollution in the oceans. The plan had been that I would join them for a presentation at the Vancouver Aquarium last … Continued