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 [...]

Our Thoughts Elsewhere...

13 September 2001 | 43 11.84' N, 150 06.40' W
Tim Welford
The news from the US on the 11th of September has come as a great shock to us here on Crackers as we're sure it has the rest of the world. We received news via the BBC World Service and updates from Al back in the UK. The terrible news has made us feel a little bit insignificant and our thoughts are with the American people and all the friends and relatives of those caught up in the tragic events.

Meanwhile life on board goes on, our spirits are still strong and good humour remains. The weather has given us a break and we are now back on the move. Seven days on the sea anchor being battered westwards is not an awful lot of fun. It makes us feel so helpless as we can't even row slowly into the strong Easterly winds, I can however always rely upon a quick look at Doms huge hair to bring me out in fits of laughter. The wildlife at present is a bit quiet with only a few birds and sharks seen, we've seen some spectacular sunsets though and had cloudless nights with millions of stars and the Milky Way clearly visible.

Our families and support team had a meeting at the Blue Boar this week in order to make some plans for our eventual landfall in America. We set up a voice link and had a good chat with our families for some much needed encouragement and morale. We also spoke to our food sponsor Elide from Fra Angelica this week who was at a trade conference. Eating and mealtimes are always on our minds and having such a good selection of food as we do, Elide is constantly in our thoughts, and Elide, your angel is still looking over us.

Until next week, hoping for the Westerlies to return, best regards to our families and our friends, and all of you who check our daily progress and love to my wife Clare
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