I sailed from Ireland to Greenland on a 100 year old boat, climbed mountains for a month then sailed home AMA!
Firstly, thankyou for the gold, that is very kind of you. A few people have offered to acompany me on another adventure or for me to join them. I'm humbled, and I'd love to hear your suggestions. I am alsways ready for an adventure. One last thing to say is that I am single now. Just saying...
Last June, I joined a 4 man crew aboard Dolphin, a 104 year old Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter, and sailed her from Ireland to Greenland and back with no previous sailing experience.
The crew consisted of Captain, First Mate and two Deckhands, of which I was one. We took shifts of 2.5 hours at the tiller while the others slept, cooked, read etc.
After 3 days of vomiting, our other deckhand was becoming dangerously dehydrated and so we detoured to the Isle of Harris in Scotland where he was hospitalised. We completed the Atlantic crossing to Iceland with a 3 man crew (only 5 hours sleep at a time!)
We then picked up a new crew member in the North West of Iceland before crossing to Greenland. During the trip, I had close and often intimidating encounters with polar bears, whales and local hunters.
Just a few recurring questions:
How did I get involved? I heard about the expedition through the Royal Geographical Society's expedition Bulletin. If you google it you can sign up. The other Deckhand who joined in Iceland heard about the expedition through www.explorersconnect.com/ so check those out if you would like to do something similar.
How much did it cost? We split the bill for food, fuel, engine parts etc for the four months, this came to just over €1100. I spent approximately €1600 on gear between Ice climbing boots, crampons, PVC sailing overalls etc.
How did you afford this? I worked minimum wage and saved €1000 per month. I don't smoke, I drove for a living and so rarely drank, do not do drugs. Priorities.
**Please, ask me anything. There are millions of stories to share and hopefully you guys can jog my memory and get those weird stories you always forget.
I have some AWESOME photos, and hopefully I can share those relevant with their story. I'll get on to one of the other guys who has even better photos to see if I can use some of his too.
Album on IMGUR: http://plom.imgur.com/all/
Please check out and support Rob's upcoming Panama Paddle Expedition where he will attempt to break the world record for paddleboarding: https://www.facebook.com/panamapaddle**