Back on the 29th of December 2012, I wrote a blog about my friend Tim Spiteri, it was titled Tim’s Voyage – Madness on the Sea. At the time Tim was about to embark on a journey rowing with 7 others across the Atlantic Ocean. They were hoping to break the world record for the quickest crossing and although they did make it safely they didn’t break the record. I think “Who cares, they made it safe and sound!” Tim was doing this to raise money for MS Australia as his mom lives with MS. I was extremely proud of him and his accomplishment and I thought ‘wow nothing can top that!’ How wrong was I!
For the last year Tim has been planning his next challenge, one that is much scarier I must say! He is still rowing but this time he has decided, again with 7 others, to row across the Indian Ocean from Geraldton Western Australia to South Africa. Now this has never been done and they believe that it will take them 50-70 days. He has also talked another friend into doing it with him, Shane Usher.
They are using the same boat that they rowed across the Atlantic and they learned on that row that things don’t always go according to plan. However in this row there are so many things that could happen from damage to the boat from waves, weather, mammals and shipping debris to illness and pirates! Yes believe it or not Pirates!
He is still trying to raise money for MS Australia so if you are inclined to do so please donate at his website Tims Voyage.
I am very proud of him but it certainly has made me think about the “Courage” of someone who attempts these amazing feats. Wikipedia defines courage as the ability and willingness to confront fear, pain, danger, uncertainty, or intimidation. It also describes Physical courage as courage in the face of physical pain, hardship, death or threat of death. I think that this attempt certainly falls into all of those categories!
But as the caption above says “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” Bethany Hamilton
So while both Tim and Shane have shown no fear I can’t imagine what must be running through their heads as well as the 6 other men doing this with them. But they definitely won’t let fear stop them from accomplishing this World Record attempt. We all have to choose courage each and every day in order to do the things we want, but this helps us to gain vulnerability and humility and through these we build up our courage.
The boat has arrived in Geraldton and they have it on the water now doing some small trial runs. I am assuming it will be just a matter of days before they head off and I for one will be watching with my heart in my throat each morning when I wake up and follow their progress on the Ocean Rowing tracker or on Tim’s website itself.
Best of luck to the entire crew, my thoughts and prayers go with you for a safe and successful row and I hope that people dig deep and donate to MS Australia as we would all like to find a cure!