Solitude training

Solitude training

One of the biggest concerns I have ahead of my upcoming Atlantic row is the thought of being isolated for nearly two months. Without going into detail, significant trauma in my early life has left its mark, and being alone with my own thoughts is something I have...
24 Hour continuous row

24 Hour continuous row

As part of my preparation for the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, I thought it would be useful to have a good benchmark of how strong I am, both mentally and physically, and how my rowing technique is looking four months ahead of the race, when there is still...
A week training in Mallorca with Rannoch

A week training in Mallorca with Rannoch

What a week… The adventure began by towing the boat down to Palma in Mallorca by Land Rover and in convoy with Angus Collins at Rannoch Adventure, who was towing his R45 for training another four man team. 36 hours later we pulled into Barcelona and managed to...
Not everything goes to plan….

Not everything goes to plan….

I wanted to post this to show that not everything is sunshine and rainbows and that sometimes things can and do do go south. I also want to say a huge thank you to Humber Coastguard and to the RNLI who were incredible and helped me out of a tough and potentially...
Performance upgrade

Performance upgrade

So it would appear that after decades of rugby, ultramarathons and Ironman races, all the training had finally taken its toll. After a knee reconstruction and partial replacement in 2014, my foot was now causing me “significant” pain when I was rowing. In...
WhiteRows first outing in Yorkshire

WhiteRows first outing in Yorkshire

After launching WhiteRows off Hornsea Beach at high tide, courtesy of Hornsea Inshore Rescue I took the boat out to sea, helped by the outgoing tide. Turning the boat 90 degrees I rowed her up the Yorkshire coast toward Bridlington, taking the opportunity to practice...