Even with a background in rowing, I entered the 2009 Atlantic Rowing Race knowing that the real challenges I would face at sea would be more psychological than anything else.
Following a 2 year process of boat building and fundraising I undertook the 3000 mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean, rowing in often hostile conditions. Although choosing to enter this environment, I also found my physical and mental resources tested to the limit, with large seas, sleep-deprivation, hallucinations and close encounters with container vessels being common occurences.
Photo taken during the Atlantic Rowing Race
Mainly though, I owe my achievement to the friends and family members who helped and supported me through the whole process. It was truly a team effort…
Best moment? Talking to my brother on the satellite phone on the last morning of the journey
Worst moment? The capsize…
Strangest moment? Rowing alongside a whale for 2 hours, a thousand miles from land, while cracked up listening to Ricky Gervais on my ipod!
Take home thought? “With a little help from my friends…”
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