When I was rowing the Atlantic I spoke to schools around the world via satellite phone. One school decided to replicate life on the boat by building a rowing boat in the classroom and installing a rowing machine.
Another school, Millfield Primary near Lincoln, invited me into their school when I got home. It was a fun but exhausting day as I was bombarded with thousands of questions about life on the ocean.
I was extremely impressed with the standard of the questions and especially with the young journalists there who interviewed me for this film. They are at least twenty years ahead of me with their IT and interviewing skills!
A few days after the visit I received loads of letters from pupils. Here is an example:
Hi I’m called Isobel. I loved it when you came in to our school and shared your adventures with everyone from Millfield Primary.
Your adventures inspired me to do something like you when I grow up! My dream adventure would be to climb a huge, rocky mountain and boost up my confidence to another level.
You must have been very brave to take on the adventures of a lifetime, you also must have been really determined to achieve your goal. Everyone has learned something from your amazing, adventurous trip to Millfield. I have learned that I should just go for my goal as a mountain climber and let nothing hold me back!
Thank you for having the time to read my letter (I really enjoyed your trip!) I can’t believe all the adventures you have done!
Adventures and expeditions are all good fun. But getting into schools and telling young people about the world out there, sowing a seed of curiosity and ambition and making them realise there are so many options and opportunities makes the expeditions far more meaningful and worthwhile to me.