Shoreseeker is an outdoor adventure company designed to bring the incredible experience and enjoyment of ocean rowing to a wider audience. By providing a matched fleet of industry-leading boats and equipment, professional training, and planned races, be that a 48-hr challenge in the UK or up to five days around the Mediterranean.
Claire had the luxury of joining Shoreseeker and she told us all about her adventure!
Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with us Claire. Please tell us about your adventure…
In September 2015 we were part of the trial race from Barcelona to Sardinia. My husband was in the other boat which created a great excuse to try and win! The training leading up to the event had taken us into a different world away from the general chores at home and work, and made us feel like sports men and women, part of a top quality team. I didn’t know my rowing partners at all before the race but formed such a close bond so quickly due to the need to be a close team. We had to work together to pack the boat, learn how to use all of the equipment and most importantly decide on the contents of the snack bags – crucial when rowing at 3am! We quickly had a great technique together as we had vowed to always have at least one person on the oars. Whilst we weren’t pushing hard, our technique was hugely effective and before long we were leading the race.
We pulled ahead and were rowing strongly for four days before a storm hit and meant we had to sit on the sea anchor, waiting for the wind to calm down so that we could move forward again. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t get better and after a capsize resulting in a man over board (who was attached to the boat so always safe) we had to be rescued and taken to the safety of land. Although we knew we couldn’t have continued in the conditions at the time, within minutes of leaving the boat, we were all longing for the gentle swaying of the boat and two hour shifts of rowing. Such amazing memories.
Sounds incredible! Tell us about some of the memories the adventure gave you, which you don’t ever want to forget?
I loved the ability to become someone I am not normally back at home. On the boat I was a sailor, a rower, an adrenaline junkie, a sports woman and an intrepid adventurer – all the things I would love to be more often, if daily life and parenthood didn’t get in the way. The moment I always think back to was rowing on day three. My fitness was improving every day, sea sickness had passed, and all our confidence was high. We were rowing through the night with perfectly clear skies watching a total eclipse of the moon and dolphins swimming nearby. There was not another boat, building or light to be seen – just us using our own power to row across the sea watching this incredible natural phenomenon. Magical.
Amazing! What new challenges would you like to undertake?
I’m always trying to think of new challenges (apart from bringing up two girls!). The next challenge I have booked is to climb Mount Toubkal in the Atlas Mountains and camping in the Sahara desert. This is after a mud race and triathlon!