Roz to Speak in San Francisco – Saturday

This Saturday I will be giving a public presentation, with video, at the Presidio Yacht Club in Fort Baker at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge in Sausalito. This place has special memories for me – last summer’s successful row from San Francisco to Hawaii launched from there. The presentation is free and will be followed by a “Santa Maria” Barbeque dinner downstairs … Continued

Day 52: Zen and the Art of Ocean Rowing

Today I have been listening to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I’ve read it before, in March 2004 – it was one of the many books on philosophy and religion that I gorged on during a self-imposed one-month retreat in a cottage on the windswept west coast of Ireland – and which lay the groundwork for my decision in August that year to … Continued

Day 9: 95% ? Ready Enough

It was a mad scramble to get ready to leave on May 24th. I’d officially been standby since May 15th, but there were still various loose (and some not so loose) ends to tie off. I hadn’t had a chance to do a full test on the camera system. An iPod of audiobooks on philosophy was still on its way from the East Coast. Stickers … Continued

Day 1: Golden Gate Bridge Dream

Location: The Brocade I’ll keep this blog brief, as I haven’t quite got my sea legs yet and tapping on the keyboard makes me feel queasy. Last night, at a few minutes to midnight, I pushed away from the dock at the Presidio Yacht Club and rowed out under San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. That makes it all sound very easy. In fact it took … Continued

Golden Gate Bridge: Where It All Begins

San Francisco, California Today I went to meet the folks of the South End Rowing Club. These guys and gals are hardcore. They row and swim in the waters of the harbour. I was introduced to someone who had just swum the English Channel. I felt like a right wimp in comparison. I was given a tour of their historic boathouse, right next to Fisherman’s … Continued