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Monster learning, minor winds

A short bus ride from the airport bought the crew to Ocean village, the Southamton home of Monster Project.  We received a friendly welcome from the full time crew who had just completed a busy day of work, fine tuning the machine for the 400 mile trip back to Greystones. Stepping aboard was quite surreal and as I clambered around […]

Whats that coming over the hill…

Yes its a Monster, a 70 foot carbon fiber Monster!!   Its fast and apparently a little bit wet on deck!   But it is all for a great cause, Care for Shane.  Click here to find out more and donate, cheers 😉 Training starts tomorrow, racing starts the 28th check back for updates as we learn to tame the […]

When I was about 8 I first saw the Whitbread round the world race and was instantly mesmerised by the notion of racing around the world. The race is now called the Volvo Ocean Race and my dream of competing has long passed, mainly as I am not a professional sailor! But now they are hiring…   http://youtu.be/VPjkfaubbmc


A grey day on the water today but a nice paddle all the same.  It is great therapy after a long day of mental exercise in college!  

Into the North

As much as I was nervous about travelling in the remote areas of North Donegal I was more nervous about travelling in Northern Ireland.  Having never travelled much in this part of the country and much of what I knew of the area was based on years of news reporting on the troubles when I was growing up, I knew […]

Cutting corners

My college education was pretty varied and among the things we studied we learned about theories of learning and philosophies of adventure, some of which I remember.   One particular concept which has always remained with me is that of the states of Play, Adventure and Misadventure. It is a simple enough idea which works as follows, you learn a new […]

The Teddy Bears arm

Slyne head is yet another of the major tidal gates on this trip miss the tide and it not a pleasant place to be.  I woke from my tented slumber early to make sure I could make a clean get away.  I had spotted a small channel inside the rocks the previous evening which would allow me to cut the […]


In September 1998 I boarded a train in Dublin to head west and start a new chapter in my life.  Little did I know at the time that it was to be one of the most significant chapters, and not only did I glean an important college education over the next few years it was the lessons in life, love […]

A Whale of a time

Getting across Dingle bay is no mean feat and after being defeated by the wind a couple of days earlier I was determined to get across today.  A light head wind restricted my speed to a mere 2mph and with Slea head 15miles away it was set to be a slog. What I didn’t expect was to have company along […]

Going round the bend

 Getting moving again was such a great feeling and not only was I moving I was feeling strong and had fair conditions.  Originally I had set Cape Clear as my target after Castletownshend but after a couple of days off I wanted to make up some time and set off for Crookhaven.  This was a chance to start to get […]

Why the H?

Sitting and pondering was always was inevitable on this trip, be it in my boat, in my tent or in this case in a pub in Castletownshend.  But why the ’h’ surely it should simply be Castletownsend! This sums up my couple of days here in this the very picturesque west Cork village time to think and ponder and with […]

The story of the first 3 days…

I set off on this journey in good spirits confident that I was well prepared mentally and physically.  I waved off the last farewell boat containing my Dad, Brother and Uncle as I exited Cork harbour heading west with high morale and on target for my first day. As planned I began to snack to keep my energy levels up, […]

Spring into training

This week has brought some unseasonally good weather and with the clocks going forward I have stepped up my training as it is now only 10 weeks to the start of my big kayaking adventure. With such nice conditions I thought I would film a little video blog on Lough Derg during a short training session.

2 years on….

It is hard to imagine that this time 2 years ago I had a beard and a tan and a sore back and a tired body and was filled with that bitter sweet emotion of knowing that another life changing expedition would soon come to an end. But it did and the past 2 years has flown by in a […]

Ode to an Ocean Rower

It is amazing to think I am back over a month now and at this stage much of the adventure has faded into a distant memory.  The month has flown by in a haze of work, training, functions and presentations.  Last week was particularly busy with a reception in the University of Limerick (where I work) with the President on […]

The past few weeks have been frantic, after a great few days of catching up chilling out and sleeping in Barbados we flew home to a fantastic welcome in Dublin airport. It was quite surreal to have so many family and friends awaiting my arrival in the terminal. It was fantastic to see everybody and I really appreciate the effort they all went to to travel all the way to Dublin.

It seems like a long time since I pulled my last strokes propelling Sara G every closer to our final destination of Port St. Charles. Our journey although amazing was certainly longer than we all predicted and the final sting in the tail came in the last few miles and almost resulted in us spending one more night tucked up […]

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Apologies for the slight gap in posts… Long story short, The Sara G was on Sea Anchor for the last few days going backwards (slowly) and then the email on the sat phone broke down. The Great news is the Sara G is on the move again with an expected target arrival date of February 28th in Barbados. They are […]

It has been an interesting 24 hours mainly due to the weather.

As I mentioned yesterday we were experiencing some strong winds and big swell, almost immediately after I finished yesterdays update the decision was made to stop rowing as to continue would have been unnecessarily dangerous. The swell reached about 6m at times and with oars catching in the water and the boat beginning to surf there was real potential for somebody to damage a thumb or get an oar in the ribs.

All good today the wind finally came around to the north and is now pushing us along nicely, yesterday we made 74 miles and making better time today so we expect to make 80+ today.

Can’t write much more no sun and light wind means our batteries are vey low.

I will update in more detail in a couple of days when the sun comes out.

Point to point distance travelled by 6.30pm on day 4 = 127km / 69nm

Lazarote in sight!