24th August 2015

What’s next?

Hey guys, Since my last blog I have been mostly training and working on next year’s summer project. I did say I would reveal what I am planning to do in my last blog – ‘So what are you doing?’ – I hear you cry. I have been fortunate enough to have undertaken many projects around the world over the last five years; some based on land and others at sea. They have all been fantastic, but I’ve decided that it’s time to do something in my own back yard, as it were. Obviously the recent Indian Ocean rescue I was involved in may make you think that I’d be put off water-based expeditions, however I still love being on the water and it has far from put me off. In May 2016 (exact date to be confirmed) I will set out from under the iconic London Tower Bridge, to […]
11th August 2015

What did I learn from the rescue in the Indian Ocean!

It’s not every day you find yourself in an ocean looking up at a colossal tanker whilst getting pummeled against the side of it by the waves, wondering, how on earth am I going to haul myself up this to safety. Well that’s what happened to me just over a month ago! Here are a few things that I took away from the experience. It certainly made me realise just how lucky I am to be doing the things I love for a job. Prior to the rescue I was always preoccupied, chasing sponsorship deals and generally trying to make various things happen. I still however do all of the above but before I was blinkered and was only looking at the things I didn’t have, instead of what I have been fortunate enough to do over the years. Things will always go wrong at some point, that’s just life! […]
24th July 2015

Finally Home!

Hey guys, One thing that the last few weeks have taught me is that you never really know what’s around the corner. As I sit typing up this blog, looking out the window at the grey clouds that are unleashing buckets or rain in true British fashion, my mind is constantly drifting back to three weeks ago when I was looking out of the bridge window on a 100,000 ton oil tanker whilst thinking to myself ‘What the hell has just happened? Did I really climb up that ladder to safety?’. These last three weeks have been really quite surreal, I keep thinking I will wake up and this will have all been a dream and that really I’m still in the boat making my way to Mauritius with Ash. Unfortunately that’s not going to happen and I now have to focus on moving forward. There are so many people […]
10th July 2015

Rescue up date!

Hi everyone, I’m sure most of you who have been following our journey already know by now that we were rescued at 1pm local time on the 8th July, 200 miles from Geraldton. On the evening of Tuesday 7th July conditions started to change with the swell and winds picking up quite considerably, eventually reaching 6.5m seas with extremely strong winds. We were able to ride this out on a para anchor for some time but in the end the conditions caused the boat to roll over several times as we were hit on the beam by a monstrous wave. The first roll wasn’t too bad, but the second roll was particularly violent, causing Ash to be thrown across the cabin hitting his head and shoulder hard. Ash instantly felt faint and dizzy. It was at this point that the decision was made to prioritize safety, which was absolutely the […]