Good Luck, Mos!

On Saturday my erstwhile crewmate, Andrew Morris, will set out to row from Bristol to London via the inland waterways. Originally, of course, this was supposed to be the lap of honour after our row across the North Atlantic, but since icebergs kyboshed our plans the scope had to be radically adjusted. More details, including Mos’s inland route, are on the OAR website. Do please … Continued

Moving On

Thank you for all the supportive comments about the sad postponement of our North Atlantic row. The OAR team has very much appreciated your kind words at this rather trying time. After bidding a very sad farewell to our wonderful friends in St John’s, Newfoundland, I am now back in Britain, spending the weekend with my mother in Leeds while the country celebrates the Queen’s … Continued

Decision: North Atlantic Row Postponed

I had hoped that this would be a final blog to bid farewell to dry land before we started our voyage across the North Atlantic. But if you’ve been following my blog over the last couple of weeks you will have noticed our growing concern about the unusually large quantities of ice off the coast of Newfoundland, largely due to the huge chunk of ice that … Continued

The Biggest Berg

“That’s the biggest iceberg I’ve ever seen in these waters,” said Harry Spurrell, our host, as he took us on a tour of the icebergs around Torbay in Newfoundland today. We were out in his speedboat to get up close and personal with the bergs that could impede our progress across the North Atlantic. From Torbay we could see three major bergs, impressive and majestic, … Continued

Ice: Bad News and the Worse News

Today I went out on a plane to check out the ice situation offshore. Despite a favourable forecast, Mother Nature decided to hide her icy secrets in an extensive layer of fog. Despite being in the air for over 5 hours, the only icebergs I was able to see were within half a mile of shore. Those further offshore were shrouded in mists and mystery. … Continued

Remembering the Titanic

Given our current preoccupation with unusually high numbers of bergy bits and other ice fragments off the coast of Newfoundland this year, it seems poignant that we have just passed the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. On 15th April 1912, the RMS Titanic went down with the loss of 1,514 lives during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York, the … Continued


We had hoped to leave on Monday, but the ice continues to be a concern. So for now we have decided to postpone at least until Saturday of next week, while we continue to monitor the ice situation. There is plenty on dry land to keep us busy. Boats seem to be perpetually a work in progress, so we continue to refine designs, tweaking scupper … Continued

Bergy Bits

Here is something I’ve never had to contend with before – bergy bits. They might sound cute, but these mini-icebergs, calved from larger icebergs further north, are causing no small amount of consternation in the OAR camp. The last few years have been relatively ice-free in Newfoundland, but this year is making up for lost time. Ice has been reported as far south as 44 … Continued

Sobering Statistics – and the Good News

  Sobering Statistics Yesterday I was sitting in Bojangles’ shed with Naomi and Mos (and Bo, of course) as we discussed our safety strategies. This is top of our minds – and for good reason. If you go to the Ocean Rowing Society website, the little box at the bottom of the page that sums up the stats on Atlantic rows from West to East … Continued