Kew Gardens, London

No, not my expedition, thank heavens. I see Ben Saunders has decided to postpone his expedition to the South Pole.

Tim Harincar, my webmaster at WebExpeditions told me after I’d completed the Atlantic row that around 50% of the expeditions he covers end in failure.

This means I have been lucky so far. I managed to get to the start line of the Atlantic, on time (if way over budget), and even more miraculously I also managed to get to the finish line.

I’m still looking good for the Pacific. Given that I already have the boat, sponsorship for the oars, and still 9 months to get ready, I can’t foresee any reasons why it shouldn’t come about. Let’s hope my luck holds and that it wasn’t purely beginner’s luck on the Atlantic.

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