• Essential Rope Knots,  Marine,  Marine

    The Water Bowline: Reliable Knot for Wet / Slippery Conditions 

    The Water Bowline is a type of knot that is a variation of the classic Bowline, known for its strength and security. It’s particularly used in maritime activities because it holds well under load and can be easily untied even after being subjected to a heavy strain. Key Features of the Water Bowline: To tie a Water Bowline: This version of the Bowline is favored for its additional security and ability to withstand slippage better than the standard Bowline, especially when wet, making it suitable for sailing and other water-related activities. **I want to tell you more about my extraordinary journey. #livealifetodiefor #marlowropes  #MoreThanMyPast #itsrogerx

  • Adventures,  Hiking / Trekking,  Marine,  Mountaineering,  My Blog,  Recovery

    Benefits of Indoor Rowing: A Complete Full-Body Workout

    By incorporating Indoor Rowing into your training regimen, you can prepare your body for a wide range of Adventurous Activities. Welcome to my fitness journey, where I explore the transformative power of indoor rowing. Join me as I dive into the numerous benefits that indoor rowing has to offer, providing valuable insights and practical advice to enhance your workouts and overall fitness. A Remarkable Achievement : Confidence Booster Reflection: On November 29th, I was told I had cancer. My first thought was, “Game over.” Then I thought, “You bloody drama queen.” Finally, I considered, “Me, disabled? Nah.” The Battle ;Fast forward to February 3rd, 2021 – I had my last…

  • Boating / Kayaking,  How To's,  Marine,  Marine,  My Blog

    Master the Waves: The Ultimate Guide to Sea Kayaking

    Sea Kayaking is a challenging and potentially dangerous endeavour, requiring careful preparation and the right equipment. Among my experiences of sea/touring kayaking include paddling from Dungeness, UK to Boulogne, France both ways and the Great Glen Canoe Trail. Here is my basic kit list for such an adventure: Kayak and Paddles Sea Kayak: A high-quality sea kayak designed for open water, preferably one with a length of 14-18 feet, 22 to 24 inches wide, designed for stability and speed. Day Touring Kayak: An average size is of 12 to 14 feet long and 24 to 28 inches wide. Ideal qualities needed are “easy entry and all-day comfort”. Paddle: A strong…

  • Adventures,  Expeditions,  Marine,  My Blog

    Conquer the North Atlantic: a Monumental Rowing Adventure

    Rowing the North Atlantic is a monumental feat that requires incredible physical and mental endurance. The North Atlantic is known for its challenging weather patterns, strong currents, and unpredictable conditions, making it one of the most demanding bodies of water to cross. On 28th Jan 2016, approaching midnight – I was sitting in my rowing position on the “Toby Wallace”, a light-weight ocean rowing boat; ‘primed and ready for an attempt’ on a world record. Our challenge was to Row across the North Atlantic, setting off from Marina Puerto De Mogan Gran Canaria, 4815Km. / 2992 miles to Port St Charles Barbados faster than anyone before. I was musing !!!!    Rowing the Atlantic…

  • Adventures,  Boating / Kayaking,  Expeditions,  Marine,  My Blog

    London 2 Paris Rowing Challenge 2010

    The London 2 Paris Rowing Challenge in 2010 required extreme physical endurance and considerable mental strength.  It’s the perfect example of open water rowing’s most demanding aspects; a journey of self-discovery and empowerment. I looked forward to an interesting and equally punishing journey from Big Ben, down along the River Thames, across the English Channel to La Havre and up the Seine to the finish at the Eiffel tower, a distance of 440 nautical miles. We rowed an old-fashioned traditional Thames Waterman Cutter; 34ft long, with a beam of 4ft 6”, in timber (clinker-built). We started from Big Ben, London, rowing our Thames Cutter towards the sea. Rotating six rowers…

  • Camping / Equipment & Accessories,  Marine,  Marine,  My Blog,  Overlooked Survival Items

    Changing Robe : Indispensable for Outdoors and Water Sports Enthusiasts.

    A Waterproof and Windproof Changing Robe: A Must-Have for Outdoor Enthusiasts and Water Sports Enthusiasts. Experience the great outdoors without compromising on comfort and privacy – a changing robe is your ultimate companion. From camping to wild swimming, this versatile garment ensures that you can embrace your outdoor adventures, regardless of what Mother Nature has in store for you. Picture is of me during Storm Ciarán 1st November 2023 Imagine being able to change your clothes in public places without any exposure or embarrassment. This innovative changing robe provides you with a discreet, insulated, and water-resistant personal shelter, granting you the freedom to adapt to the elements while maintaining your…

  • Camping / Equipment & Accessories,  Climbing / Caving,  Critical items you ‘Need’ to Survive an Adventure,  Marine,  Mountaineering,  My Blog

    Cordage: Strong, Versatile Ropes for Every Adventure

    Cordage has endless potential uses… It is  a must-have for every adventure, from a day’s hiking or the rigours of long expeditions into the wilderness with all the necessary quality requirements – “Strength, Flexibility, Durability and Lightweight”. There are so many ways will come in handy during family camping holiday, on a day’s hiking, sailing or out in the remote wilderness; on occasions it is the survivalist best pal…. My personal cordage preference is Dyneema – I always carry a 50 m spool (weights 120g), diameter 1.8 mm with an average break load of 455 kg. It has a smooth and hard wearing polyester cover for easier handling and smoother running. Dyneema is lightweight,…

  • Adventures,  Boating / Kayaking,  Camping / Equipment & Accessories,  Critical items you ‘Need’ to Survive an Adventure,  Electronics / Navigation,  Hiking / Trekking,  How To's,  Marine

    Ultimate Survival Guide: Finding Your Way in Any Situation!

    Adventure start here: Why you should Always carry a Compass and Map as backup It is essential to know how to use a compass, it is a skill that everyone who enjoys the outdoors; trekkers, orienteers, kayakers and sailors will find indispensable. A map and a compass are still my basics for navigating and locating my position with confidence and ultimately surviving the wilderness; it gives you the choice to deviate from the trail and explore! I want to tell you more about my extraordinary journey. Steps to Use a Compass 1. Holding the Compass Practical Tips By understanding and practicing these steps, you can effectively use a compass for navigation in outdoor settings. My favourite is the navigation…

  • Boating / Kayaking,  Expeditions,  How To's,  Marine

    Practical Tips to ‘Prepare’ for Coastal Rowing : What You Need to Know

    Coastal rowing is a form of rowing that takes place on the Sea; also on lakes, or large rivers, as opposed to traditional rowing which typically occurs on calm, inland waters like rivers and lakes. Coastal rowing boats are designed to handle rougher conditions and waves, with features such as wider hulls, higher freeboards, and self-draining cockpits to ensure stability and safety in challenging environments. Coastal rowing often involves longer distances and endurance-based racing, with races typically held along coastal routes or around islands. It offers rowers a unique and dynamic experience, requiring adaptability to changing conditions and a strong sense of navigation and seamanship. Coastal rowing can be enjoyed…

  • Adventures,  Boating / Kayaking,  Marine,  Speaking

    Ocean Rowing: The Ultimate Maritime Challenge

    The Harrowing Realities of Ocean Rowing: A Journey of Endurance and Survival   The Toby Wallace Atlantic Row – January/February 2016 Tragedy struck in the night of February 14th. Location close to 18 29′ N  039 06′ W. over a thousand miles from land. https://my.yb.tl/oceanusrowing Simon gave a loud warning shout, “big wave”. I looked up to see a monster swell coming at us fast out of the dark; it was the size of a two storey building. This rogue wave was arriving from unexpected direction intent on broadsiding our row boat. Not to break over but pummelled through us like a water tornado. The immense power of unstoppable maelstrom of…