Atlantic Row

Atlantic Row

Rowing The Atlantic

I was heralded “…Britain’s latest sporting heroine” (The Times) when the media worldwide went crazy for the story of the 5ft4″ petite novice rower (me!) who rowed solo across the Atlantic after my then husband, a 6ft5″ top-level club oarsman, was rescued from our boat after developing an uncontrollable fear of the ocean. With no safety boat, the risks were enormous but I focussed on the words ‘Choose Your Attitude’ to keep me going.

The Challenges

I loved life at sea in my ’ickle 23 foot plywood boat.  I knew I could make it, even though no-one else truly believed it was possible. The 3300 mile journey was initially supposed to take us 6 weeks, but alone it took me 3 ½ months. The dangers were my one constant –  30 foot waves, force 8 squalls and sharks, while having to dodge tankers that came too close for comfort!


Tenerife to Barbados


3300 NM


October 2001 – January 2002


111 days at sea

Books By Debra

‘The CHOOSE YOUR ATTITUDE Journal’ and  ‘The Journey’. Learn more here.

Try the Journaling Method That Got Debra Across The Atlantic


Debra Searle MVO, MBE shot to fame after rowing the Atlantic solo. As a sought after motivational speaker and author, she has spoken at 1,000 events in 40+ countries.  She has founded five companies and presented over 40 programmes for the BBC.

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