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It’s going to be a long road (or row) from now until I start my journey across the Atlantic. There is so much to organise and many, many hours of training to do. I’ll post my adventures, mishaps and general ponderings here, but you can also follow my story on facebook or subscribe to my newsletter.

I’ve written a few blogs about great (and not-so-great) customer experiences. Over the years I’ve found that clients often have similar problems inhibiting better customer experiences, regardless of their different goals, products, services, and customers.

Training has taken a backseat

Training has taken a back seat The last few weeks my training has taken a back seat for several reasons. Firstly I injured my shoulder in a fall while rehearsing for the play I've been in - Around The World in 80 Days - which we've just finished performing. Secondly we spent three days visiting [...]

First Trip on Darien

My first trip on Darien and I was on BBC Look North! I had a very good but also very challenging day on Tuesday 26th March 2019. I went out on to sea on Darien (my boat) for the first time from Hornsea hosted by the excellent Hornsea Inshore Rescue team. They were brilliant and [...]

A busy few weeks

Presentations and a donation It's been a busy few weeks and things are really starting to hot up. I have given a few presentations on my plans over the past couple of weeks including PROBUS of Scunthorpe, the Rotary Club of Scunthorpe and the Rotary Club of Market Rasen (who I have now gratefully received [...]

Old Man on the Ocean on BBC Radio Lincolnshire

This is custom heading element This morning I did my very first radio interview for Old Man On the Ocean through Scott Dalton’s breakfast show at BBC Radio Lincolnshire. I was thrilled to have been invited to talk about my challenge and the great cause that I am raising money for and this was my [...]

Presentations and a purchase

Presentations and a purchase It's quite hard staying motivated these days, especially when it involves spending my evening in a cold garage, but there have been some exciting developments in the last week or so. Spreading the word Firstly, I've contacted some local Probus groups (stands for Professional and Business - they're mostly recently retired [...]

Could this boat take me across the Atlantic?

This is custom heading element Damian Browne is a retired professional rugby player (second row for those in the know) and stands an impressive 6’5”, towering over me as we meet and shake hands for the first time at Shannon Airport on a cold November evening. I had flown in from Birmingham after a flight [...]

My first trip in an ocean rowing boat

This is custom heading element I drove to Hamble Point Marina near Southampton on Thursday evening and arrived about 11 pm, having stopped in Oxford for a chat (and coffee & cake!) with my son Ben. There were a few other people in the car park and I felt a bit uneasy about pitching my [...]

Help me on my way

Hello and welcome! Now that my website is up and running (thanks to Christina and Anthony at Wolds Marketing) it really feels as though the whole 'Rowing the Atlantic' thing is taking off. Well, if not actually in the air, at least trundling slowly out of the hangar (to continue the flying theme). Out in the [...]

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