Thursday, October 29, 2009

Heading Back to Sea

As I'm writing this I'm on an airplane on the way to Rhode Island. My sister, Abby, has bought her boat - a Class 40 fast, racy thing and we are going to be sailing it the 1000nm down the coast to Florida so it can be shipped to Cali. It's gonna be freezing out there so I've got the full foul weather gear packed. David Morris, the trusted meteorologist that routed me safely around the world, said that we're gonna get slammed on Saturday by a fast moving front but it will be good for Abby to see some weather in this boat so were planing on pushing through it.

In other news, Abby and I opened up the newly remodeled Westfield Mall in Culver City last week and I also received the Champion Award from the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research at their LA Cancer Challenge 5k and 10k run. Thanks to everyone who supported me with that. We raised almost $1000 for the cause. Before the run my dad offered 100 dollars for whoever could beat him in the race so race I did - just beating my dad in the last 100yards making a fast hundy and realising how out of shape was as far as running goes! I altered my workouts to focus more on cardio. Well the plane is about to land and I'm gonna be out at sea for the next 6 to 10 days so Happy Halloween everyone.



Saturday, October 24, 2009

Life on Land

Sorry about the lack of blogging lately. Not a whole lot going on that compares to sailing alone around the world. Here is what has been going on for the last couple weeks....

I went to New York two weeks ago to speak at the Adventures in Travel Expo. It was a great time meeting and listening to other adventurers. It looks like I will be speaking at another of their Expos in Chicago on January 9-10th. More updates when it gets closer.

While I was in NYC I met with the guy who has been helping me write my book, Rob Buchanan. He is a great guy and we have been going over the trip and putting together what will be a great look at the trip from my perspective with a little from the family as well.

The night before I left to come back home I went to a New York party with my literary agent, David Kuhn, and met and hung out with Madonna and her crew for a while. Pretty amazing!

Back in Cali, I'm getting back in shape doing some intense training to get ready for whatever the next adventure might be. A personal goal of mine is to go for Everest but I am also looking into something new that hasn't been done yet. I have been invited to come to the Los Angeles Adventurers Club so am hoping to meet some of the amazing people there.

I've been meetimg with a lot of production teams out here looking into any television possibilities. I have had some criticism for earning money from adventuring. I don't see the problem earning money doing what I love if it is at all possible. As I have always said, I am not opposed to going to college for a purpose - not for the sake of going. Lot of people take a gap year and that is my plan. I have been hitting the books here finishing up my last few requirements for high school graduation.

Today, my sister, Abby, and I appeared at a mall in Culver City at their grand reopening. Tomorrow, my family and I will be at the LA Cancer Challenge on the VA Grounds in West LA doing a fundraiser for the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research. My grandfather, who was a fit and active guy, died 3 years ago totally unexpectedly from Pancreatic Cancer. There is no known cure for it at this point. Feel free to come on out and support the cause if you are in the LA area.

Regarding the documentary DVD...we will be sending out an update to everyone who pre-purchased the DVD informing you all of what has been going on and our different options at this point. If you don't receive an email by Wednesday of next week, please contact us at

Sorry once again for the lack of blogging. I'll be updating this once a week from now on for sure so be sure to check back.


Saturday, October 10, 2009

Adventures in Travel Expo - New York

I arrived in NYC late Thursday night and have gotten settled here for a busy weekend. Early Friday were some PR interviews for the Expo with another young adventurer, Trip Jennings. I had a free day in the city before hooking up with the guy who is helping me write my book. We had a great (long) meeting and it was off to bed early as my early morning interviews came extra early here on the East Coast.

Today, I am off to the Expo (at the Javits Convention Center) to listen to other speakers and meet some of the amazing people there. I'll be meeting with Rob again tomorrow before speaking at 1:30 and then heading over to JFK for a long flight home.

If you are in the area, come by tomorrow at 1:30. I'll be talking about my trip with a slide show of photos. Should be good times.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

More News

Hello Again!
I was reminded that I forgot to mention a few things in my last blog.

Check out this link to a recent ESPN TV piece:

Check out Abby's new website:


We appreciate your patience and frustration regarding the DVD. We have been dealing with some unforeseen setbacks that have been very disappointing to us as well. We are doing everything we can to resolve things and hope to have a definitive statement to make by next week. We will honor all presales. Thank you again for your patience.

Finally, I just want to clarify that I am not an adventurer for fame or money as some may think. I am first and foremost an adventurer. If I can make a living doing what I love, I don't see a problem with that.

Thanks for reading the blog! More updates soon!