A couple times a week I row open water wooden rowboats and open water shells on the San Francisco Bay. My destination and craft depends on the weather. I occasionally row paddleboards and kayaks.
Rowing is a funny sport: seated and facing backwards. It’s a nice sport because you’re always on the water; however we’re often wet and cold as a result of being on the water. Just like climbing and swimming, rowing has tangible goals and definitive destinations. I like sports where you know when you are done and you have a tangible sense of accomplishment related to your achievement.
My rows always have a destination in mind, and barring bad weather, I seldom turn the boat around until I reach my goal. Just like my climbing and my swimming, I have audacious rowing goals. My most audacious is my goal to row across the Atlantic Ocean in a way that no one has ever rowed it before.
- 2009. SF -> Sacramento (100 miles oneway) – 3 days. With Jon and Darren.
- 2010. SF -> Petaluma (80 miles roundtrip) – 2 days. With Justin.
- 2011. SF -> Oakland (16 miles roundtrip) – 1 day. Solo.
- Arctic Ocean (1000 miles oneway) – 41 days
- Atlantic Ocean (3000 miles oneway) – 75 days
- SF -> Farallon Islands (70 miles roundtrip) – 1 day
- SF -> Half Moon Bay (70 miles roundtrip) – 2 days
- SF -> Tomalen Bay (120 miles roundtrip) – 2 days