Maud completes Atlantic Row

Greg Maud, photo was taken inside his cabin on-board his boat, trying to call home
Greg Maud, photo was taken inside his cabin on-board his boat, trying to call home

LEPHALALE — Greg Maud, son of Waterberg Nature Conservancy’s Chairperson Ken Maud, spoke to Mogol Post about his experiences of the Atlantic Row, during a recent visit to his father’s farm between Vaalwater and Lephalale.
It was previously reported in the Mogol Post of 14 August 2015 that Greg Maud would attempt to conquer the icy Atlantic Ocean in December 2015.
“I set out to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the world’s toughest row. This is a journey of some 3 000 nautical miles (around 5 000 km),” Maud (42) said.
Maud is married to Sarah and they have two children, Spencer (11) and Neve (8). He does business development work in the mining industry. Outside of family and work his real passion is for adventure and challenging himself. He has been fortunate enough to be able to take part in many incredible adventures including the Atlantic row and summiting Mount Everest in 2007.
“I started the row from San Sebastien, La Gomera on 20 December 2015. This is the same town that Christopher Columbus set sail from in 1492 on his voyage to America. I finished on 11 February 2016, in English Harbour, Antigua. The crossing took me a little over 53 days to complete,” Maud explained his journey.
“I did a lot of preparation to try and minimise the number of ‘surprises’, but had a few none-the-less. I capsized on two different occasions – during one of which I broke one of the carbon fibre oars on my leg. I also had my autopilot system, which was meant to help keep me on course, burn out with about 3 500 km to go – so had to steer manually from then on, just to mention a few unexpected occurrences that happened along the way.”
“While the row was physically tough, the mental challenge was far greater. The scale of the row and the distance and time involved makes it really daunting. Doing it solo really compounds the challenge as you have only yourself to rely on and nobody else to share your thoughts, experiences and feelings with,” Maud answered when asked what the hardest part of the row was.
“From a personal perspective, the row was an adventure. It is something that I have dreamt of for many years and has to be one of the great classic adventures like climbing in the Himalayas or skiing to the Poles. It was also a wonderful opportunity to raise awareness and funds for a cause that I believe in strongly which is education,” Maud said.
Maud was able to assist in raising funds for Streetlight Schools to start a new school in Jeppestown, Johannesburg.
He is already planning some future adventures.
“I have many future projects that I will be working on. Next year I will be taking part in RAAM (The Race Across America) a 3 000 mile bicycle race across the US. I’m also hoping to try a run across the Greenland icecap and (a few years out) attempt to ski to the South Pole.”
When asked what his advice would be to someone that would like to do a similar row he said, “It is an incredibly tough but also incredibly rewarding experience. Being alone on a tiny boat in the middle of the ocean is humbling. The first step is deciding to turn a dream into reality. After that comes a lot of hard work, planning and preparation and that is just to get to the start. Once you are on the water it takes a real stubbornness to keep going when all you want to do is give up – but it can be done. It all starts with the dream.”
Maud is a good example to any reader with a dream. If you really want to do it, you can. Believe in yourself and start to turn your own dream into a reality.

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