Pacific Odyssey - Trans North Pacific Row

Vessel Name: Crackers
Vessel Make/Model: Ocean Rower
Hailing Port: Poole, Dorset UK
Crew: Tim Welford, Dom Mee
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In May of 2001 the crew of 'Crackers' will set out from Choshi, a small fishing village north of Tokyo, Japan. They will head out into the vast emptiness of the north Pacific Ocean on a great circle route towards the western shore of the United States some 5000 miles distant. They have to reach [...]
31 December 2001 | Exmouth, Devon, UK
10 October 2001 | The Blue Boar, Poole, Dorset UK
22 September 2001 | Los Angeles
18 September 2001 | Lat: 43 33.56' N Long: 146 53.08' W
13 September 2001 | 43 11.84' N, 150 06.40' W
07 September 2001 | 42 56.92' N, 153 16.00' W
30 August 2001 | 42 46.96' N, 157 04.20' W
21 August 2001 | Lat: 44 42.32' N - Long: 165 31.08' W
15 August 2001 | Just past halfway!
01 August 2001 | International Dateline, N Pacific
25 July 2001 | Pacific
18 July 2001 | North Pacific
10 July 2001 | Pacific
05 July 2001 | Somewhere wet, windy and soggy
27 June 2001 | Pacific
20 June 2001 | 33 degs 45 N 162 degs 31 E
06 June 2001 | 158 Degrees E
30 May 2001 | Pacific
Recent Blog Posts
31 December 2001 | Exmouth, Devon, UK

Happy New Year!

What a year it has been, after being on dry land since September it's hard to believe that Tim and I were once rowing the Pacific. We are now preparing for the London Boat Show starting on the 3rd of January 2002, the last time we attended the show was last January along with 'Crackers'.

10 October 2001 | The Blue Boar, Poole, Dorset UK

Reflection

As you all now know, our North Pacific Unsupported rowing attempt came to a disastrous end when we were damaged and capsized beyond repair by an American fishing vessel. Now with our feet firmly on dry land and having got over the 'lucky to be alive' feeling we have to look at the positive aspects of [...]

22 September 2001 | Los Angeles

Rescued

As you know by now, Pacific Odyssey has come to a dramatic and premature end. The Tuna fishing vessel 'Judy S' collided with Crackers cutting the hull virtually in two, throwing Dom into the sea and leaving me trapped in the upturned hull. After getting out we were taken aboard the Judy S and amanged [...]

The Fat Lady Sings

18 September 2001 | Lat: 43 33.56' N Long: 146 53.08' W
Alasdair Keir
The following message was received Mon, 17 Sep 2001 18:43:35 GMT (7.43pm BST):

"Al, - Small problem, Both 100% ok. Struck by fishing vessel amidships, Crackers beyond repair. Please inform all we are well and smiling again.

We are both fine, shock over, no injury at all. Wait out for more info. Tim and Dom".

With classic understatement Tim and Dom calmly informed their support Team that Crackers can sadly go no further.

There's no doubt in the minds of all who know Tim and Dom that were it not for this very unfortunate accident they would have made the last 1300 miles, all in the support Team take comfort from the fact that both Tim and Dom have survived unscathed a most frightful experience.

Tim and Dom are now safely on board the APL Iolita en route to California. Everyone involved with Pacific Odyssey would like to express our thanks to everyone involved in this recovery including the fishermen on scene, the Captain and crew of APL Iolita and the United States Coast Guard who organised Tim and Doms safe transfer.

We'll be keeping you up to date with events as they happen throughout the day.
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