Oceans Project

Synopsis

Hi there! I'm Sarah Weldon. I'm a scientist from Great Britain with a passion for teaching, rowing and our oceans. On 28th May, 2015, I'll set out to become the first person to row solo around Britain, following Viking trade routes. You can find out more at www.oceansproject.com

Episodes

  • Episode 23: The Iron Lady

    Episode 23: The Iron Lady

    19/07/2014 Duration: 35min

    This week, Sarah is joined by Emma Wight-Boycott (@EmmaNutrition), a nutritionist and spokesperson for Spatone, the company providing Sarah with iron supplements. We talk about the role of iron in the body, as well as nutrition in general. Sarah learns that there are better things to be eating than Mars bars in her bid to put on fat reserves for the row. We were surprised at podcast HQ by a generous gift by @StanleyBrand of a clutch of Classic One Hand Vacuum Mugs. Three of these will be up for grabs for listeners in the weeks ahead. Emma mentioned a link in the conversation for you to find out more about iron deficiency: http://emmanutrition.com/free-stuff/ You can also find out more about Spatone at http://www.spatone.co.uk. #sarahweldon #oceansproject #iron #spatone #emmawightboycott #emmanutrition #greatbritishvikingrow #coconutmilk #food #nutrition #sport #rowing #oceanrowing

  • Episode 22: The Vikings Got a Bad Rap

    Episode 22: The Vikings Got a Bad Rap

    04/07/2014 Duration: 32min

    In this episode Sarah talks about her research into the Vikings and how she is learning that they were more than mere pillagers. Cleveland gets a mention. Will Sarah be welcome there when she arrives? Sarah also talks about what she hopes to achieve with Oceans Project. #vikings #oceansproject #cleveland #rowing #children #education

  • Episode 21: There Are Risks

    Episode 21: There Are Risks

    23/06/2014 Duration: 31min

    No guest this week, just Sarah discussing the risks inherent in ocean rowing. She talks about the mental toughness needed to overcome big setbacks. Getting to the start line is a huge achievement of itself. Time, energy and resources have been put into getting to the point at which the row can begin. A team has been built that believes in you and has made their own sacrifices for you. That brings its own pressures to succeed. So how do you deal with gear and human failure once you set off on a ultra-long row?

  • Episode 20: Getting Scientific on Sarah

    Episode 20: Getting Scientific on Sarah

    14/06/2014 Duration: 28min

    In this episode we are joined by Tony Tracey, the managing director of Sports Science Innovations (www.sportsscienceinnovations.com), a company that provides physical and mental monitoring and performance enhancing technology solutions to athletes and the military. Tony talks about how SSI will be helping Sarah monitor her body condition as well as helping her improve her cognitive abilities during what is going to be a mentally punishing row. SSI's technology will help Sarah with her PhD research as well.

  • Episode 19: An Epidemic of Hammocking

    Episode 19: An Epidemic of Hammocking

    23/05/2014 Duration: 25min

    In this episode, we are joined by Natalie DeRatt of Eagles Nest Outfitters (@enohammocks), who make hammocks. We talk about the origins of hammocks, the epidemic that is sweeping the USA and how footballer @jjkoval is one a number of football players tweeting from their hammocks. And if you ever wanted to find out about the hammock made of bacon, this is the podcast for you.

  • Episode 18: She Makes It Easy, Just Like Stanley Does

    Episode 18: She Makes It Easy, Just Like Stanley Does

    09/05/2014 Duration: 29min

    Want a master class in content marketing? You're in the right place. In this episode, we're joined by Nancy Staltman from US thermos flask maker Stanley-PMI. The conversation touches upon the importance of storytelling for brands, as well as how vital it is to be able to connect products with human beings and their lives. Sarah also talks about her recent trip to Alderney – a place full of history, tragedy and beauty.

  • Episode 17: Overboard On Board

    Episode 17: Overboard On Board

    25/04/2014 Duration: 23min

    In this episode we speak with Joel Meadows of protective gear manufacturer Overboard, who have provided Sarah with waterproof covers for her iPad and iPhone. This will allow Sarah to use her gear in the tech-hostile conditions at sea, so she can stay connected and tell the story of her voyage. We also have some lovely feedback from Boston school children.

  • Episode 16: Comparative Environmental Photography

    Episode 16: Comparative Environmental Photography

    18/04/2014 Duration: 26min

    In this episode Sarah is joined by environmental photographer David Arnold. David (www.doublexposure.net) takes photographs of glaciers and coral reefs that show how they have changed over the decades. The news is rarely good. We hear about his work and the impact it has. #coral #reef #glacier #decline #degradation #oceans #pollution #solutions #regeneration

  • Episode15: Micro-plastic Pollution Revisited

    Episode15: Micro-plastic Pollution Revisited

    11/04/2014 Duration: 28min

    This week, we’re joined by Jordan Holsinger from Adventurers and Scientists for Conversation (http://www.adventureandscience.org). We talk about the microplastic sampling that Sarah will be doing during her row next year.

  • Episode 13: Smelly Pens and Engineering

    Episode 13: Smelly Pens and Engineering

    28/03/2014 Duration: 25min

    In this episode, Sarah is joined by Dr Helen Meese, who is head of Engineering in Society at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK. She talks about science education and how she overcame her own problems learning about science. There is discussion about how great stories help people connect with technology. Sarah also touches upon the smelly pens you can buy to help support the row. #sarahweldon #greatvikingquest #row #rowing #endurance #science #helenMeese #IMechE #engineer #engineering

  • Episode 12: Dealing With Celebrity

    Episode 12: Dealing With Celebrity

    21/03/2014 Duration: 29min

    We're back after a short break. In this episode, Sarah talks about the increasing media and speaking demands being made of her. Not a natural publicity seeker, she has taken on a publicist to help her promote the Great British Viking Quest and raise her profile. She speaks honestly about the issues of self-image relating to increased celebrity and the pressures it is putting on her.

  • Episode 11: Space and Bio Harnasses

    Episode 11: Space and Bio Harnasses

    21/02/2014 Duration: 29min

    The research that Sarah will be doing during her row has brought her in contact with NASA. There is news about her charitable status. Most significantly, the change in date of this year's Technopop has had a big impact on her plans and the row itself.

  • Episode 10: The We-Cant-Reveal-That-Yet-Episode

    Episode 10: The "We-Can't-Reveal-That-Yet-Episode"

    07/02/2014 Duration: 30min

    This week Sarah is joined by Clare Jefferies of She Marketing. We discuss how Clare is helping Sarah promote her cause and the benefits and drawbacks of being a female rower when dealing with the press. We also have HUGE news...

  • Episode 9: Getting Poo Through Customs

    Episode 9: Getting Poo Through Customs

    01/02/2014 Duration: 31min

    Sarah has been accepted on to a PhD programme and will be studying the cognitive effects of calorific stress on rowers. She will be her own first test subject during the Great British Viking Row. She talks us through the research and the delicate issue of faeces – one of the study's key data sources. For instance, just how do you explain a box of it on your way through airport customs?

  • Episode 8: Its Illegal to Swim with the Fishes

    Episode 8: It's Illegal to Swim with the Fishes

    24/01/2014 Duration: 26min

    This week, Sarah is joined by Jo Tall – her legal counsel. We find out just how much legal advice an ocean rower needs. Turns out, it's quite a bit. For instance, it's illegal to swim with the fishes sometimes. This is also crunch time for Sarah as she races to raise the first instalment for her boat.

  • Episode 7: Gammy Knees, Seasickness and Viking Ancestors

    Episode 7: Gammy Knees, Seasickness and Viking Ancestors

    17/01/2014 Duration: 27min

    This week, Sarah joins us from the British Museum in London and talks about Vikings. We compare their boats and nautical lifestyle with hers. We talk food, technology and seasickness. She also reveals that her body has endured a lot already in life, including paralysis.

  • Episode 6: The New Route

    Episode 6: The New Route

    10/01/2014 Duration: 29min

    Sarah has decided to take on an even more daunting row – one that hasn't been done before: around Britain. Listen to find out more and find out about Pink Martini, who have donated the podcast music.

  • Episode 5: The End of The Road or A New Beginning?

    Episode 5: The End of The Road or A New Beginning?

    03/01/2014 Duration: 28min

    The Oceans Project Pacific Ocean row has been hit by a bit snag. In this episode, Sarah explains what has happened. We're also joined by Peter May of the Bisham Abbey Sailing and Navigation School in the UK, where Sarah has been undergoing sea survival training.

  • Episode 4: The Terrifying Microplastic Pollution Problem

    Episode 4: The Terrifying Microplastic Pollution Problem

    15/12/2013 Duration: 20min

    While they row across the Pacific Ocean, Sarah and Susannah will be collecting water samples to help with research into #microplastic #pollution. In this episode, Susannah explains exactly what the problem is. There are special mentions for the #henleylivingadvent #FidelityGroupLtd @adventurscience #adventurersandscientistsforconservation and @audioboo

  • Episode 3: The New Face of Yorkshire Tea Gold?

    Episode 3: The New Face of Yorkshire Tea Gold?

    15/12/2013 Duration: 22min

    In this episode, Oceans Project skipper Sarah Weldon talks about her recent audition to become the face of @YorkshireTea Gold. We do a quick calculation of the number of cups of tea that will be consumed on the voyage. Sarah talks about the pressures that come with undertaking such a role and her thoughts on how she will feel once she's completed the journey. Special mentions for @EmmaCalin @insfriends #HannahLawton #LaurenMorton @DebbieFlood6 #TaliskerWhiskyAtlanticChallenge

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