Day 28: Spiritual Supermarket

Today was a long day at the oars, with a goal from my weatherman to reach a particular latitude in order to rendezvous with good winds tomorrow, but I was kept going by a particularly good audiobook – “Holy Cow!” by Sarah McDonald. She is an Australia TV presenter, who spent two years in India when her boyfriend (later husband) was posted over there. She … Continued

Day 27: Ocean Rowing Versus Watching TV

One of the drawbacks to being alone on a rowboat is that there isn’t very much to do apart from, well, row. So on a day like today, when there isn’t any rowing to be done because the sea anchor is out, it’s a slow day for news. In fact, I spent part of today wondering just why I do this. There must be more … Continued

Day 26: Krakatoa

No, I haven’t wandered grievously off course. Krakatoa is the book I was listening to today, not where I am. Simon Winchester’s book was, as all his books are, informative, interesting, and well written. I bet he’d be a great dinner party guest. In 1883 Krakatoa, a volcano in Indonesia, erupted. That is probably rather an understatement. It exploded, rather than erupted. Four cubic miles … Continued

Day 25: Camera Shy Fishy Friend

It looks like my new friend the pilot fish has decided to stick around. I tried to take a photograph of him today, but as you can tell, had very limited success. Between the fast to-ings and fro-ings of the fish, and the slow reactions of my camera, he was usually out of frame by the time the shutter fired. He seems like a curious … Continued

Day 24: Picture This – A Perfect Ocean Rowing Day

Up front, you need to know that, so far, the perfect ocean rowing day exists only in my imagination. However, this is what it might feel like – close your eyes and try and picture this…. (I leave it to you to figure out how to continue reading my blog with your eyes shut The ocean is calm, with small rippling waves gently pushing your … Continued

Day 23: Miles and Smiles

If only every day on the ocean could be like today, life would be just dandy. I know you’ll tell me that if every day was perfect, then I wouldn’t appreciate it. But couldn’t I try it, just for a little while, to find out, please? Today brought that rare combination of tranquil seas and fast conditions. There has been nary a splash nor a … Continued

Day 22: This Season’s Must-Have Accessory

Want to know what every accessory-conscious ocean rower will be sporting this season? Here it is, the must-have item for your spring collection… A bilge pump! It comes in a very fetching shade of blue, teamed with classic grey, and is invaluable for perking up any locker that is looking a bit wishy-washy. I never go anywhere without mine! Seriously though, this really is proving … Continued

Day 21: Ocean Rowing as a Contact Sport

Today I’ve been thinking a lot about my sister, and not just because it’s her birthday (she’s exactly 17 months younger than me). It was more because today I needed every ounce of courage, and my sister was my inspiration. It’s often helpful, I find, when in an unhappy situation to think of someone in even more challenging circumstances. It makes things seem more tolerable. … Continued

Day 20: Ocean Inspiration

I was tremendously honoured to receive an award for “Ocean Inspiration Through Adventure” at an event held a few days ago in New York. The event was to commemorate the legacy and life of Jacques Cousteau, and was organized by his granddaughter, Celine. My friend Margaret Lydecker of New York Green Drinks accepted the award on my behalf, as it was tricky for me to … Continued

Day 19: Small is the New Big

Following on from yesterday’s blog about the limited area occupied by my squigglometer… I was daydreaming today about what my future home might look like. For now I am perfectly happy with my “global nomad” (i.e. homeless) status, but maybe one day I will want somewhere to call home. Time was, back in my materialistic days, when I would drool over the huge estates and … Continued