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 [...]

One Unlucky Fish!

05 July 2001 | Somewhere wet, windy and soggy
Our supper last week. Nice and fresh straight from the sea to the pan. Caught and ate another last night. Well we've had another 'fun' week, met another old turtle when I was giving the hull a quick scrape. He appeared to be doing the same to his back so I gave him a helping hand and shifted a few KG of barnacles from his back. He seemed quite happy and very friendly. Dom managed to burn himself on the stove a few nights ago (again). Nice blister on his leg brought a few choice expletives to his lips. Healing well though, probably due to his close links with Xen and Karma. Strange writings have appeared on the bulkhead of the cabin such as 'Sharks still swim in my dreams' eh! I'm sure he's lost the plot. Great result from the British Lions on Saturday. I was well kept up to speed by Al via sat comms. We can get Radio Australia on short wave and it is good to hear the Aussies bleating how they were thrashed. Good luck for the next two tests lads. Also best of British to Tim Henman for his semi-final at Wimbledon. I've started to re read the books on board. Enjoyed Bransons autobiography apart from where he describes part of his Pacific Balloon trip, "Even at this speed, it takes and hour to fly 200 miles!" Thats at least 5 good days rowing for us, fancy coming Ocean Rowing Richard? perhaps not, still any chance of 'borrowing' Necker Island for a couple of weeks for a honeymoon when I finish this crossing. Cheers mate! The weather has been generally 30 + knots of SSW giving us mountainous seas, but pushing us in the right direction. We are trying to get above the 37degs North line of lat for more Westerly winds, but overnight have the NNE back and are fighting to gain some easterly mileage out of it whilst being pushed predominantly southwards. Dom is happily crooning along with Nina Simone in the rain (it always rains when Dom goes out for his watch, hee hee!) It has rained solid and very heavy for over 24 hours now and in the 8 hours since brekkie we have had 65 mm of rain, even I got wet yesterday! not pleasant. Few quick messages. Creepy, you don't do jokes well, Stop them. Big Ray, have you tried stuffing an 80 foot sperm whale, they don't like it. Wilf, be careful or I will get Sheila to sort you out! Dez Millie, is it true that 'somebody up top' is trying to change the routine. New trainset syndrome, sort em out buddy! We've had messages of support from as far afield as Australia, Bejing, Germany, Japan and America. Enjoying them all. Keep fingers crossed for Westerlies. Tim.

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