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Video from Rowing the Atlantic Ocean: Sea Fever

Here it is: 2500 nautical miles, 45 sleep-deprived, food-deprived, vomit-filled days at sea. Distilled down into four minutes.

I would really appreciate your feedback on this video – the next one I make will hopefully be from somewhere a lot colder. Any criticism and opinion is welcome…

You can watch the video in full-screen here.

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  1. “Why are you rowing across the Atlantic? Because Steve said there are some nice girls in Barbados.” Love it! Nice mahi mahi too. Great vid.

  2. The ass! Watching it full screen at work, seeing a bare grown ass isn’t really cool πŸ™‚ I hope no one was behind me at that moment.

  3. Another awesome adventure, tied together with an inspiring video.

    Really enjoyed the introspective narrative… food for thought to chew upon as I start the MdS in a few days πŸ™‚

  4. Very appealing video – thoughtful narrative with well chosen shots. I guess it wasn’t possible at the time, but it would have been great to see some video clips on the blog as you were rowing – it conveys the enormity of your challenge pretty effectively. A consideration for your next trip, perhaps?

  5. Al, this is a beautiful video with a wonderful narrative – well done again on your great achievement. Also good to see my old pal Simon in action (we shared a room together in Les Arcs many years ago!). Best of luck with your next venture. Ollie

  6. Warren Foster Posted

    I have been content with simple browsing of your site for the last few months, but was so struck by this video that I thought posting a comment might be appropriate. I enjoyed the anecdotal-like shots of the video greatly, and the running voice-over was very adequate and paired nicely with the video. I’m still impressed that you were able to make an attention-holding video of rowing a boat, doing the standard “pan out and play music approach” wouldn’t be that eye-grabbing :).
    As a teenager about to finish secondary school, you really have been an inspiration for my later life plans, Al. Thank you.

  7. Kid Riemer Posted

    Very nicely done. You do a good job of expressing the monotony through the lens while your narration takes care of business.

  8. Got round to watching this at last. Great video. I love the stories of the Atlantic rowers. I remember reading the story of the first crossing in primary school, and it has captivated me ever since. Well done, Al.

  9. Lewis T-N Posted

    Superbly shot video as always. The boat was so small, that must have been the hardest part I imagine.

    Two of my best friends Jim and Will Hardy have started the MDS 2012 today, they are running for MS Society, they are both big fans of yours. Will spoke to you in Lincoln a few years back when it was so far away. Now it starts today, Crazy. Any chance of a cheeky fiver to add to their sponsorship? πŸ˜›

  10. lilalia Posted

    Good story and a lightness to it that you probably didn’t experience much during the trip, but bubbled up towards the end. Like seeing what you did when you were not rowing, for it showed the crampness of it all and brought home the conditions of being on the vast ocean with little space to move in.

  11. Andrew Gronow Posted

    Fantastic Alastair. Both for the achievement and the video.

  12. 3 months into 4 minutes, rather have seen more of the challenge.

    • Alastair Posted

      Hi Marius,
      There are quite a lot of videos and books that are detailed about rowing if you’d like to learn more.
      All I tried to do here was capture some of the spirit of the trip.



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