Where did the idea come from?
I’d always had a deep rooted determination to sail around the world, but on reflection, I realized that sometimes the greatest adventures are much closer to home – that led to the One Wild Ride idea being conceived in February 2015. I began the logistical planning that goes with moving aspiration to reality in September 2015.
Will it be dangerous?
Point of fact – there’s no room for complacency. That’s why, from conception, we’ve placed safety in such high regard – an emphasis on safe passage and navigation at all times, a clear mandate and understanding that the completion of the challenge relies on solid decision making and the overarching principles of risk assessment and safety preparation.
Is this a non-stop attempt?
Definitely not. It’s neither practical nor possible for me to sail for 25/40 days in a dinghy without stopping. The plan is to schedule regular passages between 40-80 kilometres a day.
It’s the intention to also sail the entire route without any form of alternative propulsion. At the end of each day an agreed stopping point will be recorded and marked via GPS with the next day’s journey recommencing from that point. The support boat will only tow to or from the agreed stopping or starting point.
Are you the only person who’ll sail the boat?
Yes. One man, One boat – One Wild Ride!
What is the current record? How long will it take?
There is no official time or duration to eclipse so to speak. but we will verify any final elapsed time when the challenge is concluded. By the time you factor in windy days, calm days and fatigue, it’s likely average speed over the entire trip will be about 6 knots (approx. 11 kilometres an hour). That gives us a projected timeframe for completion between 25 and 40 days (about 250 to 350 hours sailing).
Where will you stop?
We’re still completing our planning and will share a list of locations identified as preferred stopping points for One Wild Ride in the coming weeks – with all of the elements in play its not going to be an exact science but we’re working hard to cover all eventualities based on weather and progress.
What will you do in the event of extreme weather – flat calm / gale?
If it’s too windy to sail safely or there is not enough wind to sail at all, there’ll be no option but to sit it out. Ugh.
Will you capsize?
For sure and more than once, no doubt. The trick is staying dry in the process!
How can I stay updated?
You can stay in touch with progress online by visiting www.onewildride.ie. This will also provide the links and content from our other material on social or media networks. I’ll also be carrying a spot tracking device that will transmit my location to the website every 10 minutes.
Planning & Preparation
Why start in May?
Starting the challenge in May should ensure extended periods of daylight and statistically lower incidences of bad weather (well that’s the theory!) #irishsummer
Early morning, late evening sailing is also a practical option with the long summer daylight hours. For safety, a simple light fixture will be permanently placed on the mast, ensuring visibility if the light drops toward the end of a day’s run.
What training and preparation have you completed?
Physical training started October 2015 and is now continuing 4 days a week without fail (a mix of personal training days and home workouts) – yes it hurts but in a good way! Logistical preparation has been underway since September 2015.
How will you navigate?
Briefing and debriefing sessions before and after each day’s activity will focus on the appropriate safety, weather, tide and route planning scenarios. Although we’ll rely on GPS and charts for navigation, roadmaps and bespoke electronic mapping will also be utilized, allowing us to easily identify landing spots and proximity to roads and villages.
What will you carry on board, eat and drink?
In addition to appropriate safety devices (VHF radio, flares etc.) the plan is to have 3 GoPro cameras, a GPS mapping device and an MP3 player on board for company – I’m going to need some motivational tunes! Food and water is key so we’ve developed a nutritional plan to ensure my body gets what it needs everyday – the right balance of protein, carbohydrate, fruits and vegetables. Water loss is going to be an issue with the extended physical effort so I’ll wear a refillable pouch for guzzling on the go.
What happens if you get injured or unable to continue?
There may be a few tears shed if it comes to that but right now I’m planning to succeed, not to fail.
Why did you choose ChildVision as the nominated charity?
ChildVision is the only school in Ireland for the education and training of blind and vision impaired children. After experiencing the work they do I wanted to support any way I could. I was overwhelmed by the challenges these amazing kids face every day.
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