Re­mark­able Row­ers

Expat Living (Singapore) - - Life & Family -

We’ve fol­lowed the var­i­ous adventures and ex­pe­di­tions of Grant “Axe” Rawl­in­son for some time in our pub­li­ca­tions, in­clud­ing his event­ful Ever­est cam­paigns. But his cur­rent project takes the cake for scope and au­dac­ity. He’s trav­el­ling 12,000 kilo­me­tres from Sin­ga­pore to his home coun­try of New Zealand, in a row­boat. As we speak, Grant is some­where in the Ti­mor Sea be­tween Bali and Dar­win, with his crew­mate Char­lie Smith, ap­proach­ing the half­way mark of their mas­sive jour­ney. The two Sin­ga­pore­based ex­pats are in a 6.8-me­tre, cus­tom-built ocean rowing boat, Simp­son’s Don­key, named af­ter the leg­end of an AN­ZAC sol­dier in World War I. They’ve had their ups and downs on the trip so far, from won­der­ful wel­comes by the lo­cal in­hab­i­tants of iso­lated trop­i­cal is­lands, to bat­tling fe­ro­cious storms in the Java Sea. To fol­low Rowing From Home to Home, in­clud­ing a live map of Grant and Char­lie’s cur­rent lo­ca­tion, visit ax­eon­ever­est.com or face­book. com/grantax­er­awl­in­son.

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