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 [...]

These Whales is big, Respect!

27 June 2001 | Pacific
Dom
I'm still amazed by the size of whales, I know, it sounds silly - but imagine you are by the beach paddling to cool your feet from the hot sun, when suddenly a creature the size of a double decker bus appears next to you. I think you would at least raise your eyebrows! As for me, I leap around shouting whale until Tim comes on deck to view the spectacle. We're very lucky on Crackers as the whales seem to come to us curious as to what we are, then generally swim around the boat. It's as near to Jurassic park as it gets when these wonderful creatures honour us with their presence. Apart from a large whale a couple of days ago we've not seen much wildlife, probably due to the constant rain we have been having forcing us to turn into rowing Zombies in the torrent. The winds have turned against once more forcing us deploy our trusty sea achor. So we're back to doing jobs around the boat and catching up on some sleep after a good stint of rowing. Tim landed his first catch of the trip with a lovely Tuna, I'm no lover of fish but I must admit it tasted wonderful and fresh. We have had a lot of requests from Atlantic rowers for tips, my tip for the week is to buy an ocean sentry from Pains Wessex - ships will not see you without one a simple radar reflector will not work as you're too low in the water. We have have lots of messages from all over the world this week, truly amazing big thanks to Liz Hurley and I am glad you can make it to San Fran, (Ang says pop round for a cup of tea soon), you know where we are. Catherine Zeta Jones nice to hear from you we havent seen you since you were in Cornwall filming Blue Juice all the best to you and Mike, sorry you cant make the party in San Fran. I've been busy working out a bussiness plan for the future and this time next year Ang we'll be millionares...then again! I hope that you are facing your own challenges as we are out here, the hardest thing is accepting the challenge and turning that into your greatest strenghth. Love to Mum and Dad Sian and especially Ang keeping the home fires burning.
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