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 weather this week has been up and down, with decent winds at the start of the week then the last 48 hours have provided the calmest weather I have experienced on the trip. I made over 40 miles on Monday whilst yesterday I made just over 20, so you can see the mix in conditions. Yesterday was surreal, I never realised how calm it could get in the middle of the ocean, you could have heard a pin drop as there was not a breath of wind and the sea was silent. Things were so calm that I was able to leave the cabin hatch open when I got my head down which made for a much cooler cabin.
With the weather having dropped it provided a good chance to make some more headway South, and I am very happy with my progress, with the best part of a degree South gained in the last 48 hours, and now under N18°.
As I write the weather has now filled back in and over the next 36 hours I am due to have a decent breeze of around 20knots from E/ENE so hopefully we will get the miles up again over the weekend.
It was yesterday that I also moved to within 1000 miles of Barbados and currently am sitting on 970nm to go! Along with reaching 7 weeks at sea tomorrow and subsequently 50 days on Saturday, I think I am starting to get the hang of it! It is still a bit early to tell my ETA but within the next couple of weeks I should have a pretty fair idea.
It feels great to be starting to close in on Barbados now, I re-folded the map the other day and Barbados has now appeared making a welcome change to just looking at a blue sheet for the last month or so. Also now useful to see where I am meant to be aiming for.
Tonight I have my second full moon of the crossing which is a spectacular sight and lights everything up on deck as if it were daytime, as well as the sea making rowing much easier.
On the sponsorship side, I am told we are all but at £5000 of online donations, and with all the offline sponsorship received we are well over that figure! Thank you everyone once again. As I was saying I have about 970 miles left to go so let’s see if we can make a pound for every mile left and get up to £6k! Lots of you seem to be waiting to make sure I complete the crossing before donating...trust me cutting this trip short isn’t really a viable option!
Also again thank you for all your messages etc, they have been fantastic over the last 7 weeks many people have written numerous times. I am sorry that I don’t get around to replying to many, I’ll work on that once there is no rowing left to be done!