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What an amazing sailing season in 2018

What an amazing sailing season in 2018

It started off by winning all the main trophies in the Thames A rater at Bourne End Week including the Overall championships and Queens Cup in late May Thanks in the main to my crew Simon Blake and James Warren, who knew my mind... Continue reading

My Scots-dominated team bags yachting’s ‘most prestigious trophy’

My Scots-dominated team bags yachting’s ‘most prestigious trophy’

Yes! My team is celebrating, after winning one of sailing’s most prestigious trophies – The Commodores Cup. The crews of the “Celtic Team” were dominated by Scottish sailors who claimed their victory after a gruelling week of competition off the Isle of Wight.  The teams... Continue reading

Lord Mayor’s Row

Lord Mayor’s Row

It’s part of my make-up to help out if I possibly can. So, a year ago I found myself responding to a desperate call from an old sailing friend Bob Gatehouse. He is a senior figure at the city of London livery company of... Continue reading

River endurance record!

River endurance record!

Congratulations to Dave Mans and Rob Maltby from Lymington for an epic row into the record books. they completed the 165 mile journey down the navigable reaches of the river Thames in 3o hours and 5 minutes, beating the previous record by an incredible 6... Continue reading

The Row To The Pole – Ice, timing and nerve

The Row To The Pole – Ice, timing and nerve

From Day 12 of our 2011 expedition we were constantly on the alert for opportunities and hazards posed by the ice floes, particularly at narrowing points in the coastal channels. At these places the ice can pack in tightly and bar any potential to... Continue reading

The Row To The Pole – Reaching the ice

The Row To The Pole – Reaching the ice

On the Row To The Pole in 2011 we knew the ice would soon show itself, but our early days of the expedition could not have been more favourable. The seas were calm and we had a support boat shadowing us carrying a BBC... Continue reading

The Row To The Pole – Reflections on the voyage itself

The Row To The Pole – Reflections on the voyage itself

Our plan back in 2011 was to set out in late July or early August to maximise our chances of success. The ice floating on the ocean melts in the summer in the Arctic, but not everywhere – and a large part of the... Continue reading

The Row To The Pole – Reflections 6 years on

The Row To The Pole – Reflections 6 years on

It’s now 6 years since I led the Row To The Pole expedition to the 1996 position of the Magnetic North Pole. People had rowed in Arctic waters before, but very few and almost all in the more open water areas of the ocean.... Continue reading

Thames Challenge Cup Victory

Thames Challenge Cup Victory

Summer is not the same without a few weekends sailing on the Thames. A few years ago I had a new Thames A Rater built to compete in races on the stretch between Marlow and Maidenhead. And this year, I have won the top... Continue reading

Celtic challenge for the ‘ultimate test’ in Commodores Cup

Celtic challenge for the ‘ultimate test’ in Commodores Cup

The Brewin Dolphin Commodores’ Cup is the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s top event. And in 2016 I decided to take on the challenge in the 13th staging of this biennial event. With my boat, the wonderful Shaitan (from Britanny) and two Scottish boats we... Continue reading