Welcome! My name is Tommy Tippetts and this is my website covering my attempt to row the Atlantic Ocean, setting out in January 2012.
Below is my blog where you will be able to keep up to date with all areas of my preparation, from sponsors to securing a boat and all my training to prepare for such a challenge.
Please also take some time to look at why I am doing this row, raising money and awareness for mental health in this country and any small donation you can make will go a long way to improving lives of many people around the UK. Please click below to sponsor me on my row in aid of Mind. I am hoping to raise £25,000 for the charity and any contribution you can make, small or big, would be gratefully received.
Solo Atlantic Row 2011
Read Tommy's blog as he prepares to take on 'the World's toughest rowing race'
The last 5 days have produced a mixed bag of weather that has culminated with me currently being on para-anchor whilst I get my head down with the winds having turned into the SE. A para anchor is used out the front of the boat to stop it in the water and slow the movement of the boat caused by the wind etc and with the weather pushing me north as we speak I took the decision to minimise this as much as possible whilst I get some sleep.
With the strong weather a few weeks ago that pushed me West I was unable to get South as much as I would have wanted, meaning that the priority at the moment is now to get down under N20° before making any more great advancements West. With the winds likely to turn into the SE as I close in on Barbados, it is important not to be North of the island coming in, otherwise making a landing would prove extremely difficult.
It is frustrating being on the anchor but is something I will just need to deal with and hopefully tomorrow the winds will turn back into the East and I can get moving.
As mentioned the last 5 days have been a mix, mostly though of pretty calm weather making it difficult to make real headway. Thursday produced a great day of 47 miles made which is best day so far, whilst today I am struggling to make 20. The other days have been around the 30 mark, so you can see its been pretty up and down. Again all quite frustrating as I have been making decent progress up to this point!
Yesterday I surpassed 1000 miles rowed which was another good little milestone to reach, and even though I am moving fairly slowly towards it at the moment, half way is not too far away now!
The yellow fin tuna that has been following me for a while now has turned into a school of yellow fin tuna, with at least half a dozen around the boat throughout the day. All pretty big as well, a few hundred pounds each and had a couple jump right next to the boat earlier today.
Being day 30 I opened another gift parcel today, thank you very much Mr Crump! A great selection of sweets etc including kinder eggs! Awesome, and very much helped on a tough day as you have gathered!
Interestingly enough, the parcel also included what I presume to be Mr Crump’s very own Arsenal football shirt, interesting for the fact that being a Spurs supporter I am not one to usually don such repugnant attire. I can only assume (as no instructions were given) that given the season his team are currently trying to ride out, especially in a week in which it was also confirmed that no silverware will be residing at the Emirates for a seventh straight season, that Mr. Crump wishes to rescind his support of this club and for me to commit his shirt to the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean...very good Roger!
Not much else to report, with the light/difficult conditions the rowing is hard work and is starting to push me a bit now. Hopefully we’ll get some more favourable conditions in the next few days.
I had some amazing messages from my last blog which seemed to be really well received, so thank you everybody!