Battling the Oceans in a Rowboat: Crossing the Atlantic and North Pacific on Oars and Grit

Battling the Oceans in a Rowboat: Crossing the Atlantic and North Pacific on Oars and Grit

by Mick Dawson


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The heart-pounding story of rowing expert Mick Dawson's most challenging feats on the open water, culminating in his greatest achievement: crossing the North Pacific Ocean in a small rowboat.

Storms, fatigue, equipment failure, intense hunger, and lack of water are just a few of the challenges that ocean rower MICK DAWSON, endured whilst attempting to complete one of the World's "Last Great Firsts."

In this nail-biting, man-against-nature true story, Dawson, former Royal Marine Commando, Guinness world record ocean rower and high seas adventurer, takes on the Atlantic and ultimately the North Pacific Oceans.

It would require three attempts and a back breaking voyage of over six months to finally cross the mighty North Pacific for the first time. 189 days, 10 hours and 55 minutes rowing around the clock, fighting death and destruction every step of the way before finally arriving beneath the iconic span of the Golden Gate Bridge with his friend and rowing partner Chris Martin.

Dawson details his epic adventures propelling his tiny boat one stroke at a time for thousands of miles across the most hostile route of the greatest ocean on earth, overcoming failure, personal tragedy and all of the challenges mother nature could throw at him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478947530
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 06/12/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

MICK DAWSON is one of the most experienced and successful ocean rowers in the world. To date, he has spent over 440 days at sea in rowing boats, covering a distance of over 18,000 nautical miles. He is a former Royal Marines Commando, who saw active service both in the Falklands War and the Middle East. His lifelong passion for the ocean continued after his time in the Royal Marines when he went on to become a professional sailor and ultimately Record breaking Ocean Rower. He is currently working with veterans on maritime projects to assist with their recovery from PTSD and combat injuries.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Rowing for My Life 1

Chapter 1 Alone at Sea 3

Chapter 2 Early On 11

Chapter 3 Disaster Strikes 23

Chapter 4 Sinking Feeling 29

Chapter 5 Survival 35

Chapter 6 Out of the Frying Pan 47

Chapter 7 Out! 53

Chapter 8 The Cavalry 59

Chapter 9 So Close 63

Chapter 10 A Ship! 67

Chapter 11 Why Go? 79

Chapter 12 Atlantic 2001 87

Chapter 13 The Start 101

Chapter 14 On Our Way 107

Chapter 15 What Next? 119

Chapter 16 Nightmares 123

Chapter 17 Charmed Life 127

Chapter 18 Storm! 135

Chapter 19 Capsize! 143

Chapter 20 Back To Japan 149

Chapter 21 Grace 155

Chapter 22 Finding Causes 159

Chapter 23 Japan at Last 163

Chapter 24 The Black Current 169

Chapter 25 A Pacific Storm 175

Chapter 26 Where There's Smoke 181

Chapter 27 Seamounts 185

Chapter 28 Fear of Fog 189

Chapter 29 Terrible News 193

Chapter 30 Corned Beef Balls! 197

Chapter 31 The Midnight Shuffle 203

Chapter 32 How Much More Can We Take? 209

Chapter 33 Whale Tales 213

Chapter 34 The Death Zone 225

Chapter 35 Devastated! 235

Chapter 36 We're Going To Make It! 239

Chapter 37 A Broken Promise 247

Chapter 38 Big Macs! 253

Chapter 39 The Final Push 259

Epilogue 265

Acknowledgments 272

About The Author 276

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Battling the Oceans in a Rowboat: Crossing the Atlantic and North Pacific on Oars and Grit 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
MinTwinsNY More than 1 year ago
Seeing this title may make the reader wonder how in the world can any person row across the entire ocean in a rowboat. This book by former Royal Marine Mick Dawson explains just how – and he has done it more than once. It should be noted that early in the book, Dawson explains that this is a specially designed rowboat – it is not the type that one typically sees on a lake or pond. Encountering practically every type of peril that one can encounter in the open sea, Dawson writes about his adventures in a specially designed rowboat with equal parts humor and melancholy. It is especially poignant when he writes about family, especially when his father passed away. However, that is not the main emotion will take away from the book as Dawson’s courage and endurance in his expeditions. The first attempt that Dawson attempted at rowing across the Pacific Ocean in 2004 is described in the beginning of the book and the reader will instantly be sucked into the adventure. Then future attempts, until he is finally successful in this quest, are covered in as exquisite detail as the first. There are some slow sections of the book when Dawson writes about things such as the repairs made to the boat before a race from San Juan or about his time in the Royal Marines, but they don’t detract from the adventure the reader will take along with Dawson. This book is a decent read and recommended for readers who like to read about adventure in the high seas. .