Sea turtles, dolphins and changing winds…

5 Jan

The first sea turtles and dolphins have been sighted by the crew!! That must be incredibly exciting for Aodhán.

Unfortunately they have also been battling an eastern wind the last day and their speed has dropped with a knot or so, but they are still rowing along ahead of the 30-day scheme.

Matt, the skipper, just informed us that the weather forecast is looking up though and that the guys are really getting into a good rhythm and are able to eat properly again – so maybe their stomachs are getting used to the ocean waves. Fingers crossed for calm seas and good winds!!

Listen to Mark talk about sea turtles, dolphins and eastern winds here:×200.swf?callInView=95121&channelInView=&phlogId=41329&phonecastId=119603

Listen to Matt talk about getting into a good routine and a good weather forecast here:×200.swf?callInView=95260&channelInView=&phlogId=41329&phonecastId=119748

Seasickness all around

4 Jan

Inevitably the crew is currently suffering from seasickness, as Mark one of the crew members explains in their latest podcast:×200.swf?callInView=94831&channelInView=&phlogId=41329&phonecastId=119298

Luckily the seasickness is not impacting on the progress the guys are making and at the moment they are even touching on 5 knots an hour sometimes, moving faster than expected and ahead of the 30-day scheme.

The pre-departure massive meals, as featured below (crew member Ian on the left and crew member Simon on the right), are probably not a sight for sore eyes yet, with stomachs tied up in knots… Let’s hope that will change soon!

On their way & making great progress!!

3 Jan

Yesterday, on the 2nd of January at exactly13:00 Aodhán and the guys started their row and have so far made great progress.

They are currently on a good course to break the 30 day barrier and to set a new world record.  The weather forecast for the next few days is good and the guys are trying to take as much advantage of the good weather conditions.

Skipper Matt said the following just after yesterday’s start, please click on the following link:×200.swf?callInView=94279&channelInView=&phlogId=41329&phonecastId=118710

Live updates can be followed by clicking HERE. Short updates of Aodhán’s progress will be placed on this website  once a day or every two days.

Leaving 2nd of Jan – 10:00 AM!

1 Jan

Tomorrow, the 2nd of January at 10:00 AM, Aodhán’s adventure will start.

After arriving in Morocco on the 29th of December the team prepared Sara G in Agadir and subsequently spent a good 14 hours travelling over land through the Sahara to transport the boat from Agadir to Tarfaya. Please click on the following link to hear Atlantic Odyssey’s skipper Matt describe their interesting New Year’s Eve:

This photo was taken in Agadir:

Happy New Year to you all!!

Ready to rock!

28 Dec


I’ve just returned back to the UK after a great few days back home in Dublin for Christmas. Sitting here in my flat with my packed kit bag I have just realised that there is nothing left to do now except row the Atlantic.

It’s been a hectic 6 months since I did my first sea trial on Sara G and Matt offered me a spot in the crew. Many hours on the rowing machine are behind me now as well as all the courses on navigation and safety.

The last few weeks before Christmas were pretty hectic trying to finalise all the bits and pieces, living in the fear that I was going to forget some vital piece of kit that was needed for the boat. Christmas has come as a welcome relief to the manic last preparations with a few days to relax and reflect on the challenge ahead.

After stocking up on plenty of Christmas carbs I’ve just said goodbye to Ilse and my family at Dublin airport. I also had a great night with lots of friends and family who paid a visit on my last evening in Dublin before the big adventure. Some of the lads even had the privilege of sampling a delicious re-hydrated food ration pack which I whipped up for them.

I have had my ups and downs with worries about the unknown that lies ahead on the Atlantic and I am sure most of the other lads have felt the same way. I’ve remained far more composed than expected while saying these farewells – although I am sure I have a few moments of anxiety ahead of me before we push off into the ocean.

All I want to do now is get myself out to Morocco tomorrow with the lads, put that boat on the water and get started!!

We should be kicking off somewhere between the 2nd and 5th of January. Thanks a million to everyone that has helped get me to the start line!!

Keep an eye on our team website for updates on the expedition

See my latest blog post on the Atlantic Odyssey team website

12 Dec

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Get your name rowed across the ocean

9 Dec

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