Captain's Blog

🌊 WEEK 10 RECAP 🌊

Today marks 1 year since completing my 10th week at sea. Week 10 was fast and wildly hot. My thermometers both read 120 degrees F on my rowing seat (and maybe they could have gone higher; 120 is...

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🌊 Week 9 Recap 🌊

Today marked 1 year since completing my 9th week at sea. Just as in every week before, Week 9 was full of my ups and downs. For example, one day I wrote in my journal, "Body breaking down. Legs...

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🌊 WEEK 7 RECAP 🌊

Today marks 1 year since completing my 7th week at sea. Week 7 was so special. A true turning point. I had turning points before, but this one was the biggest: I discovered inner belief and...

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🌊 WEEK 6 RECAP 🌊

Today marks one week since completing my sixth week at sea. That's 42 days on the open ocean alone. Now, if you told me on Day 36, the first day of Week 6, that 50% of my time on the ocean before...

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🌊 WEEK 5 RECAP 🌊

Today marks 1 year since completing my fifth week at sea. Week 5 was a week of turning points. First a literal turn, I was finally heading west! After weeks and weeks of wind and waves pushing me...

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🌊 WEEK 4 RECAP 🌊

Last Friday made one year since completing my fourth week at sea. Week 4 was a period of paradoxes and wide swings in emotion. One one hand, rhythm and routine returned after I crossed the Cali...

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🌊 WEEK 3 RECAP 🌊 

Today makes 1 year since completing my third week at sea. Week 3 was really fucking hard. Like, constant battle, WTF-is-happening-hard. Whereas Week 2 was a stretch of small wins and building...

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🌊 WEEK 2 RECAP 🌊

Today makes one year since I finished my second week of rowing solo to Hawaii. Week 2 was special, because it was when I first began creating momentum and routine. I started remembering why I chose...

read more

🌊 WEEK 1 RECAP 🌊

My first week at sea was the hardest week of my life. Each day the ocean challenged me to drive forward and surrender. It's a contradictory balance that's hard to achieve... holding tight to your...

read more

Beginning One Year Recap

Tonight at midnight makes 1 year since I climbed into my boat and rowed out to sea. With all but 3 days of training, I was bound for adventure. Those who know me, know that I'm not the same person I...

read more
Tez Gives Thanks

Tez Gives Thanks

Day 70 | September 10 | mile 2601 21° 28.3 minutes north 156° 11.5 minutes west Crew mates, Land HO! After ten weeks at sea, seeing nothing but water above and water below, I finally see terra...

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Get Your Pirate Booty!

Introducing a new way to support the United World Challenge: Pirate Booty! When you purchase products through our Pirate Booty program, you show love to the companies donating products to the...

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Our Pacific Pivot

To my amazing community of crewmates and friends, I received unexpected news last Saturday: My boat will be ready in time to row the Atlantic in January, but not in time to train first. Wait,...

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We just received $25,000!

We just received $25,000!

Friends, I have REALLY BIG NEWS! The Kazan McClain Partners’ Foundation just donated $25,000 to the United World Challenge campaign to inspire a more courageous world. I can hardly tell you how...

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Alumni in the Spotlight: Elliot Leung

Alumni in the Spotlight: Elliot Leung

Elliot Leung graduated from UWC Adriatic in 2004. He comes from Hong Kong, where he now lives and works building digital platforms. He started his own company, Gaifong, an innovative 'share economy'...

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Peep this: Donation port-hole!

Peep this: Donation port-hole!

The UWC Challenge donation port-hole is live! And we are so grateful for the initial outpouring of support. Thank you to UWC-USA who came on board as a fiscal sponsor and the 30 generous crew mates...

read more
Losing sight of shore

Losing sight of shore

Today marks the start of the 2018 Talisker Atlantic Challenge, the World’s Toughest Row from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean. All 28 teams have been in the harbor for...

read more

TED-style talk now live!

Ever wondered what goes through the mind of an endurance athlete? How you keep going in the face of suffering? Turns out there are certain techniques that endurance athletes use - and mastering...

read more

Thankful for storms

It’s Thanksgiving! A time for thanks - and hard truths. Gratitude is not just being thankful for what's good or easy; for me, gratitude is even more powerful when we can cultivate it for things that...

read more
Opening Entry for UWC Day

Opening Entry for UWC Day

Ahoy, and welcome to the Opening Entry in the Captain’s Log. Why start today? Because it's UWC Day, the International Day of Peace – a day to inspire action. That’s why I organized a trash cleanup...

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🌊 WEEK 10 RECAP 🌊

Today marks 1 year since completing my 10th week at sea. Week 10 was fast and wildly hot. My thermometers both read 120 degrees F on my rowing seat (and maybe they could have gone higher; 120 is...

read more

🌊 Week 9 Recap 🌊

Today marked 1 year since completing my 9th week at sea. Just as in every week before, Week 9 was full of my ups and downs. For example, one day I wrote in my journal, "Body breaking down. Legs...

read more

🌊 WEEK 7 RECAP 🌊

Today marks 1 year since completing my 7th week at sea. Week 7 was so special. A true turning point. I had turning points before, but this one was the biggest: I discovered inner belief and...

read more

🌊 WEEK 6 RECAP 🌊

Today marks one week since completing my sixth week at sea. That's 42 days on the open ocean alone. Now, if you told me on Day 36, the first day of Week 6, that 50% of my time on the ocean before...

read more

🌊 WEEK 5 RECAP 🌊

Today marks 1 year since completing my fifth week at sea. Week 5 was a week of turning points. First a literal turn, I was finally heading west! After weeks and weeks of wind and waves pushing me...

read more

🌊 WEEK 4 RECAP 🌊

Last Friday made one year since completing my fourth week at sea. Week 4 was a period of paradoxes and wide swings in emotion. One one hand, rhythm and routine returned after I crossed the Cali...

read more

🌊 WEEK 3 RECAP 🌊 

Today makes 1 year since completing my third week at sea. Week 3 was really fucking hard. Like, constant battle, WTF-is-happening-hard. Whereas Week 2 was a stretch of small wins and building...

read more

🌊 WEEK 2 RECAP 🌊

Today makes one year since I finished my second week of rowing solo to Hawaii. Week 2 was special, because it was when I first began creating momentum and routine. I started remembering why I chose...

read more

🌊 WEEK 1 RECAP 🌊

My first week at sea was the hardest week of my life. Each day the ocean challenged me to drive forward and surrender. It's a contradictory balance that's hard to achieve... holding tight to your...

read more

Beginning One Year Recap

Tonight at midnight makes 1 year since I climbed into my boat and rowed out to sea. With all but 3 days of training, I was bound for adventure. Those who know me, know that I'm not the same person I...

read more
Tez Gives Thanks

Tez Gives Thanks

Day 70 | September 10 | mile 2601 21° 28.3 minutes north 156° 11.5 minutes west Crew mates, Land HO! After ten weeks at sea, seeing nothing but water above and water below, I finally see terra...

read more

Get Your Pirate Booty!

Introducing a new way to support the United World Challenge: Pirate Booty! When you purchase products through our Pirate Booty program, you show love to the companies donating products to the...

read more

Our Pacific Pivot

To my amazing community of crewmates and friends, I received unexpected news last Saturday: My boat will be ready in time to row the Atlantic in January, but not in time to train first. Wait,...

read more
We just received $25,000!

We just received $25,000!

Friends, I have REALLY BIG NEWS! The Kazan McClain Partners’ Foundation just donated $25,000 to the United World Challenge campaign to inspire a more courageous world. I can hardly tell you how...

read more
Alumni in the Spotlight: Elliot Leung

Alumni in the Spotlight: Elliot Leung

Elliot Leung graduated from UWC Adriatic in 2004. He comes from Hong Kong, where he now lives and works building digital platforms. He started his own company, Gaifong, an innovative 'share economy'...

read more
Peep this: Donation port-hole!

Peep this: Donation port-hole!

The UWC Challenge donation port-hole is live! And we are so grateful for the initial outpouring of support. Thank you to UWC-USA who came on board as a fiscal sponsor and the 30 generous crew mates...

read more
Losing sight of shore

Losing sight of shore

Today marks the start of the 2018 Talisker Atlantic Challenge, the World’s Toughest Row from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean. All 28 teams have been in the harbor for...

read more

TED-style talk now live!

Ever wondered what goes through the mind of an endurance athlete? How you keep going in the face of suffering? Turns out there are certain techniques that endurance athletes use - and mastering...

read more

Thankful for storms

It’s Thanksgiving! A time for thanks - and hard truths. Gratitude is not just being thankful for what's good or easy; for me, gratitude is even more powerful when we can cultivate it for things that...

read more
Opening Entry for UWC Day

Opening Entry for UWC Day

Ahoy, and welcome to the Opening Entry in the Captain’s Log. Why start today? Because it's UWC Day, the International Day of Peace – a day to inspire action. That’s why I organized a trash cleanup...

read more