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 [...]


10 July 2001 | Pacific
Not Enlightenment , but a sniff of the sub tropical high the dominant weather system in the western Pacific which will take us to America. We are not out of the woods yet unfortunately the high has moved unseasonably north so we have to move north to get onto the right side of the high to then move east. You will see from our XPlot that we are moving further in the day and slowing at night our time 10 hours + BST. This is due to us having to row into a headwind to get north which is abit like rowing in concrete and by the end of the day we are completely exhausted and sleep on the sea anchor during the night. As you can see I have mastered levitation and when not rowing generally float about the place. Tim makes various things for the boat as down time, he is at present making a chess set for us to while always the hours as we have read all the books on board twice over. Albert the albatross has returned from his travels and seems happy with our scraps, we are still visited by numerous turtles they seem fascinated by 'Crackers' and regularly give chase when we are rowing. The school of fish under the boat are still enjoying our company. Keep the messages coming dont be shy its great to hear from you, the messages get collected by our communications manager Al Keir and he forwards them on to us once a week, we really do look forward to them. Thank you to Frank Ferkin in Antigua pass on my regards to Ann and Gordon, Suzie Tonge, Gigsy Homme (you are), Ruth and Alan Leach and Lon Elledge from the Whale Boat racing association in San Fran we look forward to meeting you in a few months. Harvey we bow to your maritime knowledge and Tim is so impressed he wants you to join him for the Indian Ocean next year. Love to Mum and Dad, hope your birthday went well Mum. Love to Sian and Mark and my jewel in the West Country Ang. In general the weather is against us but it is due to change for the better in the next few days we are in good spirits and our thoughts are with you all.

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