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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

Rugby at the top of the world

Rugby at the top of the world

In May 2015 an extraordinary event took place at the Magnetic North Pole. 14 players ran onto a makeshift rugby pitch, complete with portable, lightweight, posts and completed the world’s ‘most northerly rugby match’. It was the culmination of two years of planning for... Continue reading

A New World First… Job Done!

A New World First… Job Done!

We have done it. The commitment, determination and hard work of the fundraising rugby challengers has paid off…and after 18 months of preparation they made it to the Magnetic North Pole and created an official rugby pitch to play a 7′s match  to earn a place as Guinness World Record... Continue reading

2nd and 3rd trek days and Jocks Update

2nd and 3rd trek days and Jocks Update

As our amazing Arctic Rugby Challenge team tackled day two and three of their trek, they faced harsh bitter winds and a precarious landscape.  Jock Wishart in Resolute Bay gives us an insight into what they are experiencing: “The Challengers made great progress as they rounded... Continue reading