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 [...]

Nearing A Grand Slowly

30 May 2001 | Pacific
Dom Mee
Hey who put the brakes on! Progress as slowed abit over the last few days, but thats the ocean it will do its own routine and fortunes can change over night. We will be back on track within the next few days so no worries and loads of sun. Now before I tell you what a great time we are having and stuff you will be wondering why I am dressed as a cowboy smoking a cigar, no we are not having a Bonanza theme night onboard. It is due to the fact I have learnt something new about Tim he likes two sorts of music Country and Western can you imagine at three in the morning I am pretending to beat Steve Redgrave going hell for leather on the oars, when up pops on our Personel Juke Box system 'My Achey Breaky Heart' followed by an onslaught of the 'Good Ole Boys', no disrespect to all you country fans out there, but it is definately not my bag, baby!

Tim has been busy inventing things to go on the boat I generally admire his handywork while I chill with a book, which is nice. We have made a great friend of an Albatross who we have named Albert he comes to visit us for our evening meal. Tim and I tested out our shark scarers which comprise of a thunderflash tied to a lead weight on a piece of string in effect a depth charge, always check your rope is long enough, whoops. Our ears are still ringing but all is well.

The support team having been working hard back in the UK with Al Keir and Tony Higham working around the clock meeting our requests and Paul 'Headlines' Harradine working media to the max in London, Thanks Guys. The messages of support have been coming in thick and fast thank you to all, your words make a real differance I dont think Tim and I have ever felt alone out here as we know so many of you are rooting for us back home and around the world.

Ocean Rowing is a bit like baking cakes it takes time, keep the faith, keep watching and wrap up warm.

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