Leading up to Valentines Day, not only do 100% of Kindle sales of DATE go to our favourite charity CoppaFeel! but Dave will personally deliver all paperback orders within London’s Zones 1 & 2! He might even consider some Zone 3 deliveries too!
He’s in training for a series of new challenges in 2012 so delivering copies of DATE around town helps everyone! So if you order a copy of DATE, expect Dave to rock up on his skateboard within a few hours!
The Fastest Cycle Around the World: Interview with Sean Conway
Every Tuesday Orla O’Muiri takes a close look at the UK’s Adventure Community and picks out an inspirational expeditioner for a chat about their work.
Sean Conway is going to speed around the world via bike and people have got to start getting more excited about this. Because he is not the only one doing it, there are quite a few. Therefore this is a race like you have never seen before. All are amateurs, no one gets a coloured jersey at the end and they race for charity not for fame. The time to beat is 96days. It is not the Tour de France, it is the Tour of the World.
This is an interview with one of the racers, Sean Conway.
Read it and then decide who you want to bet on:
1.What expeditions/adventures have you been on to date? Not a lot really. Well not as much as I would have liked to have done. I have done Kilimanjaro (dressed as a penguin), competed in ultra endurance canoeing marathons and spent a fair bit of time in the Himalayas soaking up the mountains. Adventure is not all about rowing oceans and climbing mountains. Adventure, in its purest form, is simply a way of thinking. I think adventurously.
2.What made you decide and commit to doing this? I wanted to do some BIG in 2012. Something that I would never be able to do again. My bucket list has always been. Swimming the Channel, Climbing Everest and Cycling the World. Cycling the world is probably the most exhausting so I figured get that one out the way first.
3.What is your day job and how did are you getting time off for this endeavour? I have been a professional photographer my entire life and as much as I still love photography, I became bored of the type of work I was getting. This was because I said yes to too many jobs 10 years ago that weren’t my passion and before I knew it 98% of my work wasn’t what I set out to do. It was a hard decision to say NO to my clients who, for the most part, are practically my friends now but I don’t regret it. I wish I had had courage enough to do it years ago.
4.What can people do to help? There are loads of ways you can get involved from helping me with route tips, places to see, places to avoid and choosing songs for my iPod. Most of all I am looking for people to help me Solarise Africa by paying for a school to be solarised which is as little as £1000, or simply providing a family with a Solar Lamp for £6 so that they no longer need to use kerosene. Please help me banish the kerosene lamp.
5. Why did you pick Solar Aid as your charity? I am from Zimbabwe and have seen firsthand what life is like for 98% of rural Africa. Solar is such a simple and effective way to tackle global warming, increase education and save lives.
6. When are you set to embark on this challenge and where is your starting point? I leave Greenwich park, on the meridian, on February the 18th 2012. Please come down and show your support. Bring a banner too.
7.What are your plans for the nights – hostels/camping/hotels? I have no plan really. It all depends how well I am feeling. I will be taking a tent, sleeping bag and mattress and will camp whenever I need too. What I won’t do is cut my days short in order to stay in a hotel. Graveyards are a great place to camp as people tend to stay clear of them at night.
8.Who does your support team consist of? Support? What support? This is a solo and unsupported attempt. It will just be me, my bike and loads of maps. I can’t wait.
9.Why pick cycling as opposed to hiking, swimming…etc? I love swimming and hope to swim the channel one day. Cycling is a great way to see the world due to the huge distances you can cover in a short period of time. The feeling of freewheeling down a long road after a long day is second to none. Although I love hiking, it doesn’t challenge me enough. TO do challenging hiking probably means running and that’s one thing I can’t do. I have never done a marathon.
10.Is this going to be your one and only challenge or are there more to come? Oh, there are LOADS more to come. I have one in the pipeline for when I return. I can’t give it away but it is another cycling world record attempt… only this time a lot shorter.
11.What does your training schedule consist of? I currently spend about 40hours a week on the bike and then another 10 or so in the gym. I am trying to vary my training with some short sprints, hill work and some long rides. Nothing can compare to the race but I can only hope to replicate some of the fatigue I am going to have to endure.
12. Besides raising money for charity, why are you doing this? The charity side of it is a huge part but also testing myself, testing what’s humanly possible and achieving something that for many many years seemed only a distant dream that you read about in the paper once in a while.
13.What bike are you using? I am using a full steel frame bike with 2 small bags on the back. I want to be a lightweight as possible yet not sacrifice comfort too much as being uncomfortable is just as bad, if not worse, than having a heavy bike.
14. How much sleep will you be getting and how are you going to eat? Sleep strategy is the hardest thing to work out. It’s such a fine balance between keeping the miles rolling vs recovery so that you cover more miles the next day. I don’t really know the answer to that and I guess only time will tell. Food is difficult too. Some countries will be easy but other like the Atacama Desert in Chile will be more difficult and I will have to carry what I can. I literally need to eat anything and everything I can find.
15.How can you plan flights and boats ahead of schedule if you don’t know exact arrival times at countries? I have had to guess arrival times at airports but there may be times when I miss a flight so will just have to beg the airline to help me out. I haven’t booked boats yet as I figured I will just be able to jump on with my bike when I arrive. The plan is to get back to London before the Olympics so I can’t afford any delays.
16.What routes have you cycled in preparation? I have cycled a bit in Ireland which was great but mostly I have stayed near London as this is where I need to be for fundraising. I am getting a little bored of cycling London to Cambridge and back but that also part of my mental stamina.
17. Have you met any of the others that will be competing for the title? I have seen them on Twitter and Facebook. There are a few really hard core guys. It’s great. It really pushes everyone’s game up.
18.How much do you estimate the whole trip costs and how much of your own money goes into that? This attempt is really expensive with flights, visas, food, equipment, more food, gym etc. I had nothing when I started, not even a bike so have had to fork out quite a bit. I have put about £10,000 of my own money already. The rest has come from my sponsors. uSwitch.com who have been incredibly supportive in my attempt and can’t thank them enough really.
19.What is the toughest part of the preparation? I would say route selection. It’s so hard to know whether the route you have chosen goes over a huge mountain or not. Everything else is the same for everyone. It’s the route that can make or break a record and that’s the thing keeping me up at night right now.
20.Do you know any of the languages of the countries you will be crossing through? I can speak 2 other languages (Zulu and Afrikaans) and neither of them are helpful. I hope to learn Spanish along the way via audio books. That should be fun and keep me occupied.
21.Is being beaten an option? No! It has never even crossed my mind. This race is as much mental as physical and I hopefully have both.
In 2011 I set up an Internship Programme to both widen the scope of Expedition1000 and allow some skills to trickle down through direct engagement with my projects.
Between February and December 2011 twenty-one volunteers dedicated varying amounts of time towards expedition planning and logistics, documentary making, photography, web design, sponsorship sourcing, idea generation, marketing, communication, event organisation and even book promotion!
This year I’m opening up more places, this time with specific roles. Some are voluntary, others have financial incentives. So, without further ado here are the roles I’d like to fill for this calendar year. Applicants can be from any walk of life and should be willing to donate at least an hour or their time per week. Only sparky, positive and intuitive folks may apply. No time for frequent spoon-feeding, here.
PA Arranging media coverage, booking speaking gigs, organising events and basically having one of the coolest PA jobs in the world. Financial incentives apply.
Social Media To develop and maintain consistent content and design across several social media platforms, with a view to continuing a growth in people who follow Dave’s journeys and projects
Video Editor Dave has rushes from two large expeditions that need editing together. Potentially a great project for someone needed experience in editing, with financial incentive, too.
Cartoonist/ Illustrator Dave is working on a series of children’s books and is seeking an artist to illustrate the books, as well as someone to chronicle his upcoming adventures in a series of comic strips and cartoons.
Science Guru Translating expeditions into science is increasingly important to Dave as he seeks to widen his connections to schools worldwide. Seeking a bright young thing in touch with social media and boasting an out-of-the-box attitude.
Expedition Researcher Multiple positions available here. Dave has 21 more 1000+ mile expeditions to undertake and as many oompaloompas as possible are needed to make them come together on time. Oceans, roads, rivers, deserts, mountains - you name it, let’s travel.
Book Chief Dave has a couple more books on the way. Following the success of his second book, Date, he expects to continue self publishing. We’re seeking an intern who enjoys editing and also would like to gain experience in book design and self publishing methods and promotion. Financial incentives apply.
“Al and I share similar colouring and occasionally get mistaken for each other so I suppose he thought he’d be missed less if I took over. He asked me to host by email with ‘Body Double’ in the subject line.”— Dave Cornthwaite on being asked to host the Night of Adventure for Hope & Homes, 20th February in London - buy tickets here
Every Tuesday Orla O’Muiri takes a close look at the UK’s Adventure Community and picks out a golden nugget of a story for this blog. This week she talks to Andy Campbell about what could be the expedition of 2012…
Eight years ago Andy Campbell fell from the cliff face he was scaling. When his body collided with the ground beneath he was immediately paralysed from the waist down and henceforth confined to a wheelchair. Since then, he has relearned to ski, paraglide, kayak, mountain bike, SCUBA dive and rock climb without the use of his legs. His expeditions have taken him to Alaska, Africa, India’s Spiti Valley, the peaks of Colorado, Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the forests of Croatia and the plains of South Africa. This July he is set to take on his biggest challenge yet, travelling 30,000 miles around the world in a wheelchair in order to raise money to provide people with disabilities the equipment to live and explore.
1. Your blog is called “Pushing the Limits” and your tagline reads “…and what we should all be doing”. Why should we all be doing this? I just think it’s human nature, to never be satisfied and to push forward to see what’s next. Pushing the limits isn’t about being crazy and living on the edge or permanently running on adrenaline, it’s about just enjoying life. Just because you’re comfortable in life doesn’t mean you’re satisfied or enjoying it all. Get out of your comfort zone and push yourself a little, the worst thought in the world has to be “If only I’d…”
2. You have a great story to tell, do you think you would be leading a similar life if you hadn’t had the accident? It’s interesting; my accident was definitely life-changing in so many ways. Some negative and some positive. I’ve always loved adventure, until my accident I was in the Army and getting a pretty good amount of it too. For me, what I do now is the same but different, I’m just replacing one form of adventure with another. I remember seeing my insurance forms, noticing they classed it as a ‘catastrophic event’ and thinking “Well, come on. It’s not all that bad surely?”
3. 30,000miles around the world in a wheelchair- what a brilliant challenge. How have you being training for it?
There’s so much to train for! Obviously a lot of it is hugely physical and you can’t do anything to prepare other than to rack up the miles and try to simulate everything as much as possible. But there is a lot of skills training too, kayaking, paragliding, rope techniques etc. I’m using whatever methods I can to cross terrain and environments that are otherwise completely inaccessible to a wheelchair so practising for every eventuality is as important as the physical stuff.
4. Who does your support team consist of? At home I have people helping with the logistics and planning side of things, thevisamachine.com and tourdeforce.co.uk are handling a lot of the bureaucracy for me. On the road the support team is a two man crew, driving the support vehicle and following me along the route.
5. How long has the expedition taken to plan? It’s been my brainchild for almost two years now. Going through different stages from “yeah, that’d be cool” to “I just set a start date, this got real!”
6. Tell me about your chosen charities influence on your life? Obviously becoming paralysed completely changes your life, I’ve always been really aware of how fortunate I’ve been to not only survive and stay healthy but have the equipment that lets me do all these things. I think it’s easy to understand how difficult life can be for people with paralysis in developing countries with no healthcare or support at all. It’s not an exaggeration to say that people who are essentially left to slowly die can be directly saved with a £135 wheelchair. Motivation.org.uk is a UK based charity that provides wheelchairs, equipment and training that I’ll be working with and raising money for. The other charity, The Chutkara Initiative, is one I’ve set up myself to provide adaptive outdoor sports equipment to wheelchair users around the world.
7) It is expensive equipment, how do you afford it all? That’s my main reason for setting up The Chutkara Initiative. If you’re not paralysed then it’s easy to see all the things people in wheelchairs can do and think it’s pretty simple to have fun or get outdoors if you’re paralysed. But in reality it’s a nightmare, wheelchairs are great but they’re made for wheelchair accessible places and struggle to go anywhere more wild than the supermarket. If someone in a wheelchair wants to go skiing or hand cycling, or even something as simple as a walk through the woods with their children then they need another piece of specialised equipment. A sitski can cost over £7000, an off-road wheelchair up to £5000. When you’re paralysed, you may endure higher living costs and possible lower income after losing your job that becomes an unobtainable luxury. So people become restricted to the supermarket or concrete, physically and financially. I was lucky to have the support and resources to get equipment myself, but a lot of people simply can’t.
8. Where is your favourite place in the world? No idea, I’m still looking.
9. You are redrawing the lines of possibility, how does that feel? I’m not really. I’m not doing anything that anyone else can’t do or anything that was impossible before. There’s definitely other people who use wheelchairs that are better skiers or kayakers or paraglider pilots than me, and even more who could beat me around the route quite easily. That’s a big part of my motivation for this expedition; to show what everyone has the potential to do but often can’t because they just don’t have the equipment.
10. After the accident , were there any thoughts of defeat? No, obviously it’s a heavy blow to take but the Army teaches you to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. I took it on like a challenge and didn’t let myself get down because I knew it’d get worse later on, so far it’s not though.
11. Have you ever returned to the scene where it all happened? Yes, I went back and climbed it again with the help of the Edale Mountain Rescue team that saved my life. It doesn’t hold any mythical or superstitious value for me, it’s just a place.
12.You say you will have to learn, “Can you give me a push” in 24 dialects, that was probably a joke but can you do it, show me?!
I’ve since revised this to be a more realistic goal of being able to mime “give me a push” in 24 dialects, charades style!
13.You have been on some incredible adventures, how did you stop dreaming about them and actually start doing them? I don’t. I’m always dreaming of them, constantly. I’ll never be able to do all the things I dream of. I’ll be dreaming of so many at once that I’ll eventually just tell myself “Shut up and actually do one”. Mostly I impulsively just head off somewhere and do something.
14. Your sports include skiing, paragliding, diving, mountain biking and kayaking, how did you perfect this quantity of sports when most people just concentrate on one or two? I’m too greedy. Everything I do isn’t for the sake of the sport itself but as a way to go where I want without using my legs. I started off just skiing as a way to get into the mountains again, but then got greedy and wanted to go into the mountains during the summer too and started paragliding. Then I wanted to still go into the mountains when the weather wasn’t good enough for flying, so I got into biking. I tried to focus on one or two but that just meant I was restricting myself to certain places, so I end up with a garage full of gear for just about everything.
15. Your arms must be huge, any idea of your biceps/triceps measurements? No idea at all. I’ve never really worked out or been a gym rat at all; I exercise by just doing what I do. Arms and shoulders just aren’t designed for all this work, so if I’m going to wear them out and ruin them then I prefer to do it outside going somewhere rather than in a gym.
16.Was there a period of simply getting use to living life in a wheel chair, going back to the basics or did you skip that phase altogether and just get stuck in to the adventure side? My plan after leaving hospital following my accident was to take a year out and travel around to get use to life in a wheelchair before going to university and settling down. I jumped straight in and organised a trip to Sweden to learn how to ski sitting down before I’d even left hospital, I had to forge the doctor’s signature on the consent forms. Eight years later and I’m still on my ‘year out’. I still haven’t got used to it yet.
17. Sometimes, only sometimes I think Life is a bitch, do you agree or disagree?
Oh hell yeah, life can suck. But you need the lows so you can appreciate the highs.
> Andy Campbell is speaking at the Night of Adventure on 20th February in London’s Leicester Square Theatre, in aid of Hope & Homes for Children. Ticket information
3) 16:00: How to Go on a Big Adventure, with Belinda Kirk. 100% Brilliant.
If you plan on coming, quote ‘CORNTHWAITE’ online or on the phone to get a hefty discount off your tickets. Some other cracking speakers at the show too, including Benedict Allen, Ben Fogle, James Cracknell, Charley Boorman and Monty Halls.
Help us raise £’s for CoppaFeel! With Valentines Day approaching I thought I’d share the love around, and I need your help.
Between now and 14th February I’ve lowered the price of DATE on Kindle, and I’m asking EVERYONE to buy it. EVERYONE! Yes, that includes you! You can read a Kindle book on your Kindle, or any iPad, iPhone, Blackberry, Android phone, Mac or PC with the free Kindle App downloaded, it’s easy!
SUPPORTING BREAST CANCER AWARENESS Throughout this offer I will donate 100% of profits on Kindle sales to breast cancer awareness through CoppaFeel! If you’d like to meet Kris, the lady who set CoppaFeel! up, here’s the foreword she wrote for DATE. If you’re not convinced yet, you will be after you read this, she’s quite amazing and so is CoppaFeel!
INCENTIVE - £3 DISCOUNT ON THE PAPERBACK Everyone who buys a Kindle copy of DATE (and this goes for anyone who has bought a Kindle copy previously) will receive a copy of the paperback for £5, that’s a £3 discount!
MARKETING - LET’S GET ‘DATE’ TO THE TOP OF THE TABLE ON AMAZON Amazon rankings are not based on total books sold, they’re correlated on short bursts of sales, and although I have no way of knowing exactly how many copies need to be sold for DATE to go right up towards the top of the rankings, I do know that on days when only 20 copies have been bought, it’s been right up there. It was even No.1 in Relationships on Amazon for a little while.
Of course, the higher the book is ranked, the more copies will sell, which theoretically will keep it right up there, generating more money for CoppaFeel!
HOW TO GET INVOLVED 1) If you don’t have a Kindle, download the Kindle App to your iPad, iPhone, Android, Blackberry, PC or Mac - download Kindle here
I’ve been four months fallow, scraping together memories from one expedition, tidying up long-lost words from another and turning them into a book, and then looking to the future in a slow, measured process to decide just what is right for 2012.
When rubber stamping plans for a new journey I consider two things: 1) Will I enjoy it? 2) What’s the value?
More often than not 2) naturally follows 1), enjoyment equals passion and happiness, which means I work harder, it’s not a half-hearted ‘career move’, the enthusiasm I have for my journeys is my foundation. And I can best sum this up by saying that from all the wonderful things I’m lucky enough to experience in this random vocation of mine, the thought that makes me happiest is that soon enough I’ll be waking up in a hammock again, staring out over a desert, jungle or a flowing river, feeling totally and utterly at peace with everything. Without further ado, here’s a review for my hammock of choice:
As I’ve been paddling along the Mississippi River I’ve had a million and one campsites to choose from, and two options of camping to opt for, too. Alongside my tent I’ve been carrying a Sky Tent by Hammock Bliss, which is proving to be a blessing now my journey is taking me into the hot southern States of Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.
The video below shows only a few of the Sky Tent’s features, so this written blog is intended to pad out the video with some finer points of the Sky Tent’s suitability.
Separate Hammock Bliss Hammock and Sky Tent means that in the afternoons when bugs aren’t a problem I can pull over to the banks and lounge in the hammock on its own. At night when mosquitos are out the double hammock feeds inside the sky tent, ensuring protection from both rain and biting animals.
Gear hanging inside the sky tent means I keep my bags dry. It hangs under the rain fly and inside the bug night from the main attachment points at each end.
Sky Tent on its own. Some nights where suitable trees/ posts aren’t available I’ve set the Sky Tent up low and slept on my sleeping mat inside the net and under the rain fly, much cooler than being inside my tent!
There have been some severe storms in the Mississippi River region in recent weeks and I haven’t managed to wake up wet when I’ve weathered one in my Sky Tent. The fly covers the hammock sufficiently and as long as the hammock isn’t strung too low beneath the fly it’s an effective cover even in heavy rain.
I’m carrying two extra long tree straps from Hammock Bliss, which makes finding suitable trees much easier. If the tree is thin, I wrap the strap around twice.
Set up time is very short for both the hammock and Sky Tent. I’ve used other hammocks and the versatility of the Sky Tent is worth the (very) slight pack size and weight difference to other expedition hammocks. There’s no room for a chair on my paddleboard so the hammock doubles up as one, and from bag to resting I take no more than five minutes.
What makes the Sky Tent from Hammock Bliss so versatile is that in the absence of suitable trees to hang from you can use other fastening points, discard the hammock itself and effectively use the Sky Tent as a tent. On a humid night this is a preferable option to a proper tent, as the mosquito net allows a greater draft inside. So, to sum up, yes, I will be taking my Sky Tent on the next expedition, it’s perfect!
It’s a real privilege to now have two books in print and I’m really happy to be supporting breast cancer awareness through Coppafeel! with every copy of DATE sold, whether in paperback or on Kindle.
If you’d like to read some reviews before you buy, here they are.
If you’d like to read a sample, click the book cover here
I’d love your feedback on Amazon once you’ve battled through to the end! Thank you!
So, without further ado, here’s how you can get your mits on a copy!
Row for Freedom - The Women who took on the Atlantic
Every Tuesday Orla O’Muiri takes a close look at the UK’s Adventure Community and picks out a golden nugget of a story for this blog. This week five inspirational women and one huge ocean, all part of a Row for Freedom.
On the 7th of December, five women from across the globe set out to conquer an ocean.
The first all female crew are currently attempting to row the 3000 mile expanse across the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands to Barbados, unaided.
Julia Immonen, Debbie Beadle, Helen Leigh, Kate Richardson and Katie Pattison-Hart were strangers, now they cradle each other’s lives in their hands; “Sometimes there is an element of fear,” Beadle admits, “but you get over it. We are doing this because we really believe in the strength of women.”
They trained six days a week, alternating between 24 hour rows, endurance and strength work to prepare for the reality of rowing two hours on, two hours off. “It is tough,” Beadle said, “We are tired, but our bodies are adapting to it.”
Their boat, “The Guardian” appears to be attempting to hinder their success; “We now have to hand-pump for twelve hours a day, use our feet to steer and ration our ever diminishing battery life.” Beadle said, “Then there is obviously the physical element of the row that is a challenge.” but these women are made of metal and will not bend under strain.
Aside from the boat, weather patterns will define their progress and ultimately their success. “December is just after hurricane season so it will be calmer and we can get the most benefit from the easterly trade winds and Atlantic currents,” Beadle said, “We expect to arrive in Barbados during its high season, where we will rest up for a week.”
From the outset it appears to be an adventure marked by mishaps and hard work but then Debbie described what she sees as she looks around her; “When I look around me right now, I can see the blue ocean, high waves, two of the girls are rowing and one pumping, the sun is beating down upon us. It is like a sauna.” Sights like this just cannot be replicated from an office desk or a couch.
They row in aid of two charities; ECPATUK and the A21 Campaign. Both charities work to raise awareness of human trafficking. The public can help support the women by following them on Facebook, Twitter or signing up and donating online on their website.
What is the best part though, I ask eagerly. The girls reply in unison; “The sky at night and seeing the ocean teeming with life.” But really the best part is the reason they row, they row for freedom.
Tomorrow (Thursday 12th January) at The George on the Strand I’m lucky enough to be speaking alongside two inspirational blokes. Host and organiser Chris Martin, who himself has rowed just a couple of oceans, says it’s looking to be a busy evening but if you have a spare hour or two things kick off at 6:30pm - tickets on the door
Meet Shaun Quincey In 2010 Shaun rowed solo between Australia and New Zealand, a distance of over 2000km through some of the roughest seas on Earth. Why? Well, one of the reasons was that in 1977 Shaun’s Dad, Colin, did exactly the same thing…
So, I have a team of crack interns to volunteer their very own hours to help me organise adventures. They’re basically ninjas. But I’m picky, yeah. So when an application like this comes in forgive me for being a little negative:
This is where you sell yourself: i own a camara. otherwise nothin fancy
On December 19th 2009 I reached the Southern Ocean in my kayak, Nala, having descended the 2479km length of Australia’s Murray River. A few days later I found myself on Australia’s West Coast, recuperating, figuring out my next steps and sploshing around in the Indian Ocean on a daily basis.
One day, I jumped in my kayak and paddled away from land until I was nothing more than a dot in the sea. It was a calm day, a gentle swell rubbed the underbelly of my boat and I was switched off from everything on land. There was nothing to do but consider where and who I was, but I couldn’t quite relax because although I was only a couple of hours paddle from the beach I felt magnetised in the other direction. Like encountering a snake or a steep cliff face from above, a small part of me was tempted to disregard the obvious danger and test out exactly how it would feel to keep on paddling towards the horizon.
I didn’t of course, it would have been a death wish - not least because I’d only packed a bar of chocolate and one health food bar, but ever since then I’ve let my mind drift out to the middle of the ocean when contemplating my next journey, and I’m left in no doubt that before too long I’ll find myself in a small boat with nothing but water in between me and a continent that I did not leave from.
In the next two years I plan on rowing across an ocean, or at least a considerable part of one. I can’t imagine a greater challenge, physically or psychologically, than self propelling oneself across a great sea mass.
As 2011 drew to a close I was invited by a friend to visit California for New Years, so I jumped at the chance. When you throw caution to the wind at the last minute things start to happen, and the opportunity to effectively charter a 72ft yacht between Mexico and Hawaii surfaced before December had passed. But there was a catch, I needed to fill ten berths on the yacht if the trip was to go ahead.
The voyage, from Mexico to Hawaii, fits perfectly into my Expedition1000 plan. It’s over 1000 miles (approx 3500, in fact) and doesn’t involve a motor. And what’s more, it would be a great opportunity to experience open water before a more arduous solo test in a rowboat.
So, who’s in? Here are the basic details and my email address is at the bottom of this post - drop a quick message if you’d seriously consider joining the team. It’s a once in a lifetime mission, don’t miss out!
Depart Cabo, Mexico on March 13th 2012
Arrive Honolulu, Hawaii on March 30th 2012
Cost: $3990 / £2575 (not including flights)
Price includes 17 days of accommodation, food and passage from Cabo to Hawaii
Prior sailing experience helpful, but not necessary
All on board will be involved in the day-to-day running of the boat, including cooking cleaning and sailing.
Dave will be filming a documentary of this 5th leg of his Expedition1000 project. It will be an opportunity for everyone on board to engage in far more than just a sailing trip.
Regular workshops will take place on board beyond normal duties, including filming and editing, expedition logistics, environmental and ocean studies, and evening floor sessions where everyone on board has their chance to present on a subject of their choice.
Hi Dave. One of my friends told me about you and I've just watched the speech you gave at TEDx Bath. I wanted to say how inspired I feel after reading about your adventures and seeing your example that you don't need to be locked down in a job you hate. I actually started up a blog 6 months ago (1001club. com) where me and some friends are trying to do 1001 alternative activities each week. As such I was wondering if you'd fancy helping us out with a future activity. Keep doing what you're doing
Happy New Year! I’d love to be involved with one of your activities, sounds great! Keep me posted…