Since my last blog I have been mostly training and working on next year’s summer project. I did say I would reveal what I am planning to do in my last blog - ‘So what are you doing?’ - I hear you cry.
I have been fortunate enough to have undertaken many projects around the world over the last five years; some based on land and others at sea. They have all been fantastic, but I’ve decided that it’s time to do something in my own back yard, as it were. Obviously the recent Indian Ocean rescue I was involved in may make you think that I’d be put off water-based expeditions, however I still love being on the water and it has far from put me off.
In May 2016 (exact date to be confirmed) I will set out from under the iconic London Tower Bridge, to row solo and unsupported around the coast of Great Britain - a distance of over 1,800 miles and a row that no single person has managed to achieve as yet. This will be a technically demanding row, with tides and strong currents to contend with. I will be teaming up with Rannoch Adventure, who will provide the boat and logistics for me, drawing on Charlie Pitcher’s experience from his attempt to row around Great Britain earlier this year.
I will be rowing clockwise and would estimate to be at sea for about 60 days. As I will be rowing close to the coast, sometimes only a few hundred metres offshore, I should still get a good data connection on my mobile phone. This will open up another world of content that I can deliver, making it fully interactive to people following me. You could even drive to certain points and watch me row past! I will, of course, be taking a satellite phone, as I’m not expecting a good phone signal all of the way around.
This will be a fantastic project to work on and I’m really looking forward to it. I will be raising money for a fantastic charity called Over The Wall. They provide specialists camps for children and families with life-limiting illnesses to attend. The work they do is truly fantastic. You can check them out here http://www.otw.org.uk
There will be more to follow on this project, but I thought I’d share the plan with you all.
I hope you all have a fantastic week.
Out for now,