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 [...]

Pacific Sunset

20 June 2001 | 33 degs 45 N 162 degs 31 E
Went over the side a few days ago to scrub our bottom! Bottom cleaning is a very necessary and not always pleasant task. Removing the growth and gooseneck barnacles from the hull can vastly improve the speed through the water. It also gives a chance to take some piccies from a different place rather than just in the boat. I do however remain tied to the boat. We have had a good few days rowing and clocked up a few over 70 mile days. We are now back in the Kuroshiro current and the water temp indicates we are in the core of it. However we do not seem to be getting the same assistance as nearer Japan. The latest storms have not been as violent as those we encountered nearer Japan either. But if they are Easterly we are still unable to row against them. Life onboard is routine now and the wildlife count is rising. We regularly have an evening matinee of our 'Sea-life' videos when unable to row. The tans are coming on and so are the beards. Dom is still trying hard to get some whiskers on his top lip. And to Johnny B in Oz, after 43 days he still has'nt stopped talking, but that's Dom!. I caught him doing the 'root-boot-scootin-hootie' this morning with his thumbs tucked into his waistband and a stalk of sea-weed stickin' out of his mouth. Hey cowboy! Sunsets are pretty amazing at sea when the cloud doesn't obscure it, as you can see. Anyway, we await the SW's due in and another good rowing period. Top tips for forthcoming Atlantic rowers, firstly don't do it, go and have a pint and talk about it instead!!! otherwise flick the Power-Survivor PUR 40 water maker and get a Spectra, quicker more reliable and doesnt use much 'leccy. And dont mess about with liferaft sea anchors or drogues, go big with a on 100m of multiplait line, cuts being blown backwards right down to a minimum. Good luck and hope the Tenerife problem gets sorted (Theresa, work your magic). Off to take over from Dom on a hot cloudless day, low wind but big swell hampering progress a bit. Hi to all, keep the morale messages flooding it, they are well looked forward to. Tim

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