Say hello to Natracare, our new Silver Sponsor!

I’m really excited and proud to be able to welcome Natracare on board as a Silver Sponsor. Their ethical and environmental values make me really happy, and I was bowled over by how lovely the whole team are when I met them.

natracare logo

Natracare makes organic, natural, biodegradable feminine hygiene and baby products. All their products are chemical and additive-free, and are certified free from animal testing. Their philosophy is summed up as: “Mutual respect for the material and functional needs of people in balance with the responsibility to produce products in a measurably sustainable, ethical manner. To support conservation of the earth’s natural resources by using only certified organic and natural, plant-derived, renewable materials which can demonstrate the lowest measured carbon footprint and highest environmental credentials.”

As well as jumping on board as a Silver Sponsors, Natracare have provided me with enough organic, biodegradable wipes to see me through the whole adventure.

These should keep me clean across the Pacific!
These should keep me clean across the Pacific!

One of the areas that I am highlighting through this row is the issue of plastic pollution in our oceans. Natracare is well ahead of most in this, having already banned all crude oil plastics from their products.

Finally, Natracare are celebrating their 25th birthday this year – why not help them celebrate by trying out some of their products?

The lovely Natracare team!
The lovely Natracare team

Goodbye AMT

This week we also said goodbye to our trusty towing vehicle, kindly supplied by AMT Vehicle Rental. It has been our companion for the last couple of months, towing the boat to schools and events, on training trips, and finally down to Southampton for the final time. AMT have been so supportive – even branding up the vehicle with my logo and website! They specialise in Prestige and Executive Vehicle rental (we were a rather different sort of customer from usual), so check them out if you’re thinking of treating yourself.

Have a look at the gallery for more pictures of AMT Hammond in action.

Little Boat in Big Boat

Last Tuesday we drove my little orange boat onto a huge green ship, called Oberon, and waved goodbye as we left her there. Oberon sailed that evening, headed for LA via the Panama Canal. The next time I see my little boat will be when we meet her at the other end, ready to drive her up the coast to Monterey.  I can’t wait!

Big and Little!
Big and Little
On a boat!

Shipping can be an expensive business, but I’m hugely lucky to be sending the boat courtesy of shipping company Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics. They are a great company to be working with, particularly as their vessels are eco-friendly and fuel efficient, and they are able to deliver quicker than all the other options we had looked into. Their remit is to “deliver innovative and sustainable global shipping and logistics solutions for manufacturers of cars, trucks, heavy equipment and specialized cargo.” Wallenius Wilhelmsen has been absolutely brilliant to me, and I look forward to seeing my boat safely delivered at the other end.

Safely stowed across the sea
Safely stowed across the sea

New Supporter: Shewee



A lot of people have asked about the ‘en suite’ arrangements for the boat, and while it will still be a ‘bucket and chuck it’ system for the most part, I’m really excited to be able to welcome Shewee on board as well.

Shewee is a urination device for women that is going to be really useful on the boat, especially when combined with the Peebol during long hours or days in the cabin during storms.

I’ve already tested the new products, and can add my glowing review all of those that I have read – it really does work.

If you’re interested in finding out more, check them out at!

New supporter: Mactra Marine Equipment

mactraSome more great news: Mactra Marine Equipment are supporting Elsa with supply of electric and handheld watermakers – a critical part of surviving for three months alone in the ocean.

Jim and his team have been really helpful taking us through the ins and outs of a wide range of products, and have a huge amount of experience in general marine supplies, and in particular with ocean rowers – the first five boats in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge had Mactra-supplied watermakers, obviously there’s something about them!

Jim will be working more with Elsa to make sure that she’s prepared to maintain her watermakers should the need arise, and will be on hand for advice throughout the race. Thank you so much!


New supporter: Foremost Signs

foremostWe’re so pleased to welcome a new supporter to the team: Foremost Signs are helping us produce logos and branding for Elsa’s boat (build pics coming soon, watch this space!) and for our new mini PR model boat!

Mark and his team offer a wide range of sign services, from vinyl to banners and illuminated cut-out lettering. They’re a really friendly and professional bunch, and will be helping us make sure that Elsa’s boat looks awesome!

Thanks very much! Go and check out their work at!


New sponsor! Excalibur joins the team.

It is brilliant to be able to welcome Excalibur Communications to the Pacific Solo Row team. excalibur

Excalibur provide communications and IT solutions for businesses across the UK. They’re forward thinking and I really like their broad view on the influence of technology across society – check out their posts on tech trends for 2014, and wearable tech!

Their sponsorship takes me one step closer to the Row in June – continuing the boat construction (watch this space for build pics soon!) and working on the logistics of getting everything to California in time for race prep. Excalibur say:

“Excalibur are proud to join the Bristol community in supporting this inspiring attempt. Elsa, we wish the best of luck for a safe and successful journey”

Thank you so much to James and his team – your support is invaluable to me and I very much look forward to working with Excalibur in the coming months. Check out Excalibur’s site for more information about their work.


Elsa is still looking for more support. Do spread the word  – who knows…your next-door neighbour or long-lost cousin might want their logo/name on a boat!