Dawn Wood's

solo atlantic challenge 2019

Barbados Marine Unit

Back to the Future

I am writing the next few blogs from the future! I am actually home now sitting on the sofa beginning the massive task of catching up with all the admin, emails and social media. So here goes with my last few days blogs.

28th February 2019
Today I was invited to the Barbados Rotary lunch as the guest speaker. I was so honoured to have been invited and it was a privilege to be able to speak to everyone.

It does seem a bit surreal that little old me would have anything inspiring to say, I am just an ordinary person. I suppose that is what makes it so special, showing that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. I am no athlete, I am not a natural academic, I am just someone who set a goal born from a dream and worked extremely hard to achieve it. Of course I don’t expect everyone to go out and row the Atlantic, but to find their own dream and strive to make it come true. 

The Rotary club have been incredible since my dad contacted them a coupe of months ago. They formed a huge part of my arrival party, making me feel so very welcome and ensuring that we are being looked after during our stay in Barbados. The least I could do was to speak at their lunch. 

I have also been interviewed for the Barbados newspapers this morning, I will have to try and get clippings and recordings of all the media I have had out here. It’s crazy, everyone knows me and even if they don’t recognise me they have heard my story. I am just can’t believe the coverage I am getting.

After lunch it’s off to the next official engagement, meeting the deputy chief of police on the island. The police marine patrol boat had been part of the escort into port, it was an extremely comforting sight to see the blue lights following as part of the fleet.

Whilst speaking with the command team they were overwhelmed by what I had done and were disappointed I was not a member of the Barbados police. They would have used me as part of their recruitment campaign to attract and inspire women to the job. 

I had visions of getting off the boat, nobody knowing who I was and spending the week on the beach. Instead I have been non stop, it’s been an absolute whirlwind. I would not change it for the world though, it’s so great to be able to give something back to everyone who have made me feel so welcome. It’s also a good excuse to come back and visit again (by plane next time) to enjoy the beautiful beaches and visit even more of the island.

Another busy but wonderful day, I have made so many friends that will be with me forever. 

  1. Liz Morgan on March 5, 2019 at 7:36 am

    I have loved reading every word Dawn xxx

  2. Jon Haslip on March 5, 2019 at 7:48 am

    Going to miss these blogs. Well done Dawn ❤️.. What an amazing individual you are.. Incredibly proud to know you

    • Elliot Zagger on March 5, 2019 at 8:15 am

      Dawn you are such an inspiration and your achievement is truly remarkable.
      Like John I too will miss your blogs and am looking forward to seeing you soon xx

  3. Donna Hindle on March 5, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Have followed you all the way.
    Such an achievement, well done xx

  4. Keith Simpson on March 5, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Great Dawn. Looking forward to seeing you soon. You could always be a honourable member of the Barbados police………….

  5. Janet Nason on March 6, 2019 at 1:51 am

    Janet from Australia loved your blogs you are unique we are all so proud of you stay safe

  6. Allan Blackburn on March 8, 2019 at 9:21 pm

    Will you think about putting your adventure into book form, as you write very well and entertaining into the bargain. Take care.

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