The Big Sea


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This afternoon I scanned a batch of colour negatives from July 2003, produced after the long journey from Henley. First, Sam displayed his boat, Pacific Pete, at Crick Boat Show in Northamptonshire. As a publicising exercise, my son sat on board and answered questions about what this was all about. One gentleman went to great lengths to obtain a good view; another seemed more interested in his lunch; was a third offering Sam a pint?

Back home in Newark, during the Dragon Boat Festival,

Louisa took a turn at fielding the questions. The gentleman seemed more engrossed than did his partner.

Sam’s friend Lewis Cove carried a bucket collecting donations for the enterprise. This was, of course, the Atlantic Row, undertaken the following year. Inspired by

Hokusai’s Great Wave, I designed the logo Lewis totes. The idea was a play on The Big Sea and The Big C, in aid of which Sam was rowing.

This evening we dined on Hordle Chinese Take Away’s excellent fare with which I drank Azinhaga de Ouro Tinto 2015


49 responses to “The Big Sea”

    • He got quite a few, one of which was the Newark Advertiser, appearing behind Lewis. I approached Samsonite – they declined. Since he won the race they missed out. Many thanks, Pauline

  1. What a story! Very poignant, especially in light of those who died far too young from this dreadful disease.

  2. A young friend of ours rowed the Atlantic for charity, with one mate, about then. Following them (by email I think) was one of the scariest experiences I can remember โ€“ and we were safe on shore.

    • When was that, Hilary? In 2004 Sam was the first solo rower home and only one of the pairs arrived before him. The Ocean Rowing Society tracked them on their website which we could check every day. Sam phoned me once a week on his satellite phone. Thanks very much.

  3. It still tears my eyes to imagine losing a Mum to cancer so young for your children. The combination of the Big Sea and Big C is a brilliant and gorgeous designed logo, Derrick.
    The photos are all so entertaining and colorful!

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