Day 8 – The Retrospective Perspective

Today I've been listening to the audiobook of The Time Traveller's Wife,which has got me thinking about the whole notion of seeing my life as awhole, birth to death, rather than being so bound up in the presentmoment. It's quite a useful perspective – the retrospective perspective. Makes it a lot easier to handle a bit of discomfort when I imagine itfrom the point of … Continued

Day 7 – Ocean Rowing is Less a Sport, More a Skin Condition

This memorable line comes from the film "Row Hard No Excuses" – a taleof two American rowers competing in the 2001 Atlantic Rowing Race. Inthe film they then go on to show unappealing pictures of rowers' hands(blistered) and bums (pimpled). I will spare you such images – showingyou instead a rather nice picture of the Brocade taken during myafternoon swim. But I will spend a … Continued

Day 6: Getting Out Of My Depth (And My Boat)

Today was a good day for mileage. According to my logbook, I've covered38 nautical miles (a nautical mile is 15% further than a statute mile)and I crossed the line of latitude at 20 degrees north. I'm a bitmystified as to why the mileage was so good – for most of the day therehas been very little wind, and I put in the same number of … Continued

Day 5: Waterworld

Only Day 5, but already land seems like a dim and distant memory, andI'm starting to get into the rhythm of life back on board my boat. As Isaid to Leo Laporte in our podcast this morning, switching between myland-based life and my ocean life is maybe a bit like switching betweendriving on the right and driving on the left – the more times I … Continued

Day 4: Sisyphus Eat Your Heart Out

Mileage for Day 2: 26Mileage for Day 3: 13Mileage for Day 4: -6 Yet I've rowed the same number of hours each day. That's just the way itgoes. Reward is rarely proportionate to effort. Today I've had to rowjust for the workout rather than for the progress. The problem has been the headwind coming out of the south-southeast -not a strong one, but enough to … Continued

Day 3: Into the Big Blue

Day 3 can be a tough one. I remember now, feeling this way on the lasttwo crossings. My body still has to get into the ocean groove – handsare blistered, shoulders are sore, and very surprising for anyone whoknows me well, I'm slightly off my food. Normally nothing interfereswith my appetite, but even on these relatively calm waters I've beenfeeling a tad queasy, and I've … Continued

Day 2: Hot, Flat and Crowded

"Hot, Flat and Crowded" is actually the title of the audiobookI'm listening to at the moment (interesting view of a green economy -recommended) – but it could equally be a description of my day. It hasbeen extremely, dehydratingly hot, the ocean has been flat as a pancake,and this morning there was definitely too much company out here. I wasplaying leapfrog with a small fleet of … Continued

Day 1: Launch Day

Today was a bit of a scramble to get things finished, but I’ve started to notice a pattern emerging on my departure days. It’s very difficult to say how I feel – there is a kind of numbness that settles over me. By this stage most of what can be done has been done, and it’s too late to push to achieve more. So I … Continued


Hello friends and supporters of Roz. Today is the big day…we’re very busy here in Hawaii making final preparations on Roz’s boat, The Brocade, and ensuring that Roz has a FANTASTIC sunset sendoff! The great news is – even if you can’t join us here in Hawaii for the big day, thanks to some wonderful friends and some pretty cool technology, you will be able … Continued