It’s Day 14 of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and Greg Maud (a.k.a. Sea Rover) is still going strong. His daily ‘distance rowed’ is increasing steadily and his blogs are upbeat and humorous.
Greg has had some amazing adventures in his life, proving that if you have a dream and the determination to see if through you can do anything! Here’s a short (only 5 questions) quiz to see if you have what it takes to be an adventurer.
1. So, there you are. On your own in a small boat in the not-quite-middle of the Atlantic Ocean. You’ve been at sea now for 14 days, celebrating both Christmas and New Year with none but a pod of dolphins to keep you company. The journey is predicted to take 90 days and you’ve already had to deal with broken equipment and adverse winds. You’ve managed to claw your way from last to middle of the pack – who you haven’t seen for days – but the lead boat is 360nm ahead of you and is being crewed by 4 men. And while you are still coming first among all the solo rowers, the chances of catching the lead boat are remote.
a) Turn back,
b) Take time out to swim with the dolphins,
c) Sleep less and row harder,
d) Carry on as normal.
2. It’s the middle of the night. The sea is calm and a gentle mid-Atlantic breeze is ruffling your hair and above you the Milky Way is dazzling. And while everything is perfect the mere thought of the Milky Way gives you the munchies. While rations are of necessity the dehydrated variety you’ve also packed some high protein snacks and some highly essential chocolate.
a) Eat one square of chocolate very slowly,
b) Eat one entire bar of chocolate but make it last all night,
c) Eat as many bars of chocolate as you can reach,
d) Real adventurers don’t need chocolate.
3. The last human you saw in the flesh was 14 days ago. Since then it’s been nothing but vast, wide ocean, seagulls and dolphins and the sea gulls left yesterday.
a) Concerned that you’ve started talking to yourself,
b) Glad that you brought ‘Wilson’ along – you watched ‘Castaway’ for mental health tips while alone on the ocean,
c) You hadn’t actually noticed you were alone,
d) Calling the folks back home every two hours on your SAT phone.
4. You’ve already capsized once. Thankfully you didn’t lose anything too important, and no one saw you so your dignity is still intact. But there are 80 days to go. Who knows how many more times you might be tossed out!
a) Laugh about it and carry on regardless,
b) Call the race organisers and say you want to go home,
c) You didn’t lose any chocolate so everything’s fine,
d) You have doubles of everything so you’re good, and you won’t leave anything lying loose on deck again.
5. You don’t really need a quiz to tell you if you’re an adventurer because:
a) You think climbing Everest, running across the Kalahari and rowing the Atlantic pretty much says it all,
b) Going to the mall the Saturday after payday is as much adventure as you can handle,
c) You’ve read every adventure book you could lay your hands on and while you’ve never actually seen snow you are quite confident you could run the Iditarod with a sled and team of huskies.
d) Leave the couch? Are you mad? And what’s the Iditarod anyway?
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Pic credits: Greg Maud