Pacific Odyssey - Trans North Pacific Row

Vessel Name: Crackers
Vessel Make/Model: Ocean Rower
Hailing Port: Poole, Dorset UK
Crew: Tim Welford, Dom Mee
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


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


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 [...]

We Did It!

21 August 2001 | Lat: 44 42.32' N - Long: 165 31.08' W
The Domster
What a week! We haven't been so busy since we were on the Japanese mainland. The halfway mark generated a lot of media interest which meant that Tim and I were having to speak on the phone at various times of the day and night. When combined with good rowing weather, which we could not waste, the whole evolution was very tiring for us. The media effort was brilliantly handled by Paul "Headlines" Harradine and the faithful Al Keir (who slept even less than we did) they did a fine job of making our halfway a media event back home. The piece de resistance however was that we were able to do a live TV hookup to the Sky News desk achieving a technical world first - live TV from a Ocean rowing boat. A big thank you to Peter Beardow and all involved for the fantastic Talking Head system that has helped turn Pacific Odyssey into hot media property.

The rowing weather continues along with a little sun to recharge the boat batteries and put a little colour back into our cheeks. The suns appearance after two weeks of fog has been most welcome and as you will see from XPlot we're now slicing through the waves and less than 2000 miles from San Francisco. Our bodies are reacting to the increased workload by making us eat anything in sight and sleep is again as important as it was in the early days. But we are still smiling so it can't be all that bad. Due to the heavy schedule we'll not be answering our many well wishers this week, rest assured you'll all hear from us in person in due course, we've got a bit on at the moment. Al Keir back in our UK base tells us we have many new friends visiting the website in recent weeks. Tim and I are very proud of the team that has built up the project from its humble beginnings to what it is now.

Before I go, a favourite quote of mine at the moment;

"Once we truly know that life is difficult - once we truly understand and accept it - then life is no longer difficult. Because once it is accepted, the fact that life is difficult no longer matters."

M. Scott Peck - The Road Less Travelled.
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