Oceans Project



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


  • Episode 44: Mental Toughness

    17/08/2015 Duración: 31min

    In this episode, we talk to Kim Ingleby of Energised Performance about the mental strength training Sarah is undergoing for her row. #oceansproject #oceanrowing #ocean #rowing #kimingleby #energisedperformance #mentalhealth #mentalstrength #mentaltoughness #preparation #endurance #achievinggoals

  • Episode 43: The Lady Who Lived Under the Sea

    24/05/2015 Duración: 32min

    We're joined in this episdoe by Grace Young (http://www.graceunderthesea.com), who describes herself as an "ocean engineer and explorer." Grace has a boundless love of the oceans and has even lived under the waves for 15 days. As a scientist, she is working to help humankind understand the world's seas—an environment we know less about and have spent less time in than space.

  • Episode 42: We Can't Shut the Cats Up

    04/05/2015 Duración: 46min

    In this episode, we speak with Mira Moore of Kaya Responsible Travel (www.kayavolunteer.com), an organisation that arranges volunteer opportunities overseas. We talk about her time in the Philippines and the satisfaction she finds in helping people help people. We also get an update on Sarah's cats. In fact, we can't shut them up. You'll also hear of Sarah's swimming training.

  • Episode 41: What I'm Interested in Is Borage

    22/04/2015 Duración: 34min

    We're back and there is plenty to catch up on. Sarah's row is off for 2015, but it isn't the end of the road. Instead, it's time for a pivot. In this episode, you'll hear about Sarah's plans and also how she has coped with the disappointment of the row not going ahead this year. We also hear from Edward Talbot Adams, one of the most interesting people you will ever hear talk. Farmer, timberhouse builder, soldier, chemist—he has crammed more into his life than most of us could even imagine, let alone actually do. He is the man behind Kush Travel Soap, an environmentally sound product of immense practicality. Sarah is an ardent fan.

  • Episode 40: The End and the Start...

    13/03/2015 Duración: 16min

    Sarah wasn't able to raise the funds she needed to complete the boat in time for her planned departure at the end of May this year. BUT that doesn't mean the dream is dead. It lives on. Sarah is more determined than ever to raise funds for Oceans Project by rowing solo around Britain. The podcast will continue too...

  • Episode 39: SOS! We Need Your Help

    06/03/2015 Duración: 28min

    This is it. Crunch time. As the clock runs down on Sarah's Kickstarter campaign, her row around Britain is in the balance. Her dreams of bringing education to children who need it around the world hangs by a thread. We need your help. A tiny donation, a tweet, a mention—anything to keep her ambition alive. Listen in, or go straight to https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1815085928/oceans-project-bringing-the-ocean-alive-for-kids-w/posts

  • Episode 38: First Filling Ever and Kickstarter Update

    02/03/2015 Duración: 31min

    Sarah endures her first ever filling and brings us up to date on the Kickstarter campaign. Will she raise the money she needs to set out in May? She also talks about how her planned weight gain is posing her challenges. Meanwhile, ITV put out a piece about her. Get the behind the scenes story of how the row almost literally came to a crashing halt that day. You can view the ITV news segment here: http://www.itv.com/news/border/update/2015-02-25/watch-row-around-britain/

  • Episode 37: Crunch Time and the Weight of Responsibility

    14/02/2015 Duración: 29min

    Sarah has launched her Kickstarter campaign in a bid to get herself to the startline of her round-Britain row at the end of May. She speaks candidly about tackling doubt and the concerns of maybe not making it. She talks about what is at stake and why the row matters so much to her and the children she wants to help.

  • Episode 36: Kickstarter Launches

    06/02/2015 Duración: 30min

    Sarah has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help raise the final funds that she needs to complete her boat for the row. You can help by either making a pledge (they start from as little as £1) or by promoting her Kickstarter campaign. You'll also hear how Sarah recently injured herself, making her increasingly cautious about her preparation for her unique undertaking.

  • Episode 35: Eating Fish Eyes and Drinking Your Crewmates' Blood

    19/12/2014 Duración: 32min

    In this episode, mortuary archeologist Katy Meyers Emery. Katy talks about female Vikings as well as discussing her research into Anglo-saxon burial practices. We discuss bones, skulls, maritime superstitions and a whole range of fascinating topics. Katy writes a great blog at www.bonesdontlie.com. #katymeyersemery #vikings #mortuaryacheology #archeology #greatbritishvikingquest #sarahweldon #burial #bonesdontlie

  • Episode 34: #FabTees

    21/11/2014 Duración: 23min

    Every charity needs to raise money. Next week you'll be able to buy a new Oceans Project T-shirt with a brand new design. In this episode of the podcast, we announce the winning design and talk to Kate and Ben of Fabrily, a company that combines fashion with crowdfunding. We also hear Sarah's plans to row the Atlantic Ocean as part of her training for her row around Britain. #oceansproject #fabrily #fabtees #laptheworld #samgreatrex

  • Episode 33: An Incredible Story that Nobody Will ever Hear

    24/10/2014 Duración: 33min

    In this episode, Sarah is joined by her headline sponsor: Alexandra Watson (www.alexandrawatson.com. Alex is a success mentor for women. She talks about what holds us back and gives some insights into how we can deal with adversity.

  • Episode 32: The Mystery Benefactor Revealed

    23/10/2014 Duración: 32min

    Did Sarah make it to Technopop with the boat? What role did a five-year-old boy play in the drama? And who was the person whose financial backing has made the whole Viking Quest possible? These questions and more are answered in this episode of the podcast. There's also a reminder of how you can win a Stanley mug.

  • Episode 31: How Will the Boat Get to Technopop?

    22/10/2014 Duración: 31min

    In this episode, Sarah is faced with a problem. How will she get the boat she will row around Britain to Technopop? She can't exactly take it on the train. We're joined by homeopath Christine Wilson (www.lovemyhealth.co.uk), who will be making sure Sarah's body is at it's best for the row. There is also a chance to win a Stanley mug. #ocean #row #sarahweldon #oceansproject #homeopathy #christinewilson

  • Episode 30: The Flying Spaghetti Monster

    28/09/2014 Duración: 37min

    Recorded on International Speak Like a Pirate Day, Sarah is joined by Kim Whitaker, a company and commercial lawyer and fellow podcaster. She hosts the Not for Profit Podcast (www.notforprofitpodcast.com). We talk about the legal aspects protecting your charity's intellectual property. We also find out the origins of International Talk Like a Pirate Day – and why all Hollywood pirates sound like they're from the West Country of England. Except Captain Jack Sparrow, who was from South London.

  • Episode 29: The Vikings Invented Sarcasm, but not the Shewee

    12/09/2014 Duración: 29min

    Sarah has had a busy week. She performed standup in Birmingham as part of Science Week. As part of her preparation, she found out the Vikings may be the reason the British are so sarcastic. She also talks about her Google Glass, more Skype in the classroom and the Shewee. It helps ladies pee like men. Don't ask. Just listen.

  • Episode 28: Google Glass

    05/09/2014 Duración: 24min

    Sarah has big news. She is one of the first Google Glass explorers in the UK. But there is more. She has strengthened her bonds with Microsoft *and* NASA. Can she fit anymore high profile organisations into this episode? Listen to find out. (There are some celebrities).

  • Episode 26: A Dog with Clogs

    15/08/2014 Duración: 29min

    In this episode, we meet Sarah's Italian greyhound and get an update on the boat build, which is underway. The big decision now: what colour should the boat be. We talk about training regimes and Sarah's 4-hour roundtrip commute to her training site. Sarah will be appearing at the British Science Festival on 6th September, where she'll be delivery a stand-up comedy routine. There's this and much more in this episode. #italiangreyhound #vikings #hurricane #bertha #VOR #interiordesign #headlinesponsor #STEM #standupcomedy #birmingham #womenonwater #womenofdiscovery #bbcinsidescience Special shout outs to @UoNCVA @vikingminds @RannochNews @TechnopopLondon @ScienceShowoff @BritishScienceAssociat @eddieizzard @dryrobe #oartech #sparkleasaspeaker @YorkshireTea @SchoolSpeakers @DrAliceRoberts @Cumbria_Lakes @BritishRowing and @NikiSchafer

  • Episode 25: What's a Sunstone?

    01/08/2014 Duración: 27min

    This week, Sarah brings us up to date on her rowing training and talks about her quest to find trustees for the Oceans Project Foundation. We learn that she has been taken on by School Speakers, an agency that provides schools, colleges and universities with talks and workshops. We run a test on the Stanley one-hand vacuum mug (the official podcast mug) and lift the veil on how you can get one of three mugs that will be up for grabs soon. Finally, but very importantly, we talk about Artur Zarafyan – a young photographer with a difference. #rowing #oceanrowing #sarahweldon #stanley #stanleyness #schoolspeakers #arturzarafyan

  • Episode 24: I Thought You Were the Podcast Mug

    27/07/2014 Duración: 29min

    In this episode, Sarah joins us from behind her Hawaiian pizza at a restaurant in Putney. She talks about the design and construction of the boat she'll be rowing around Britain next year. She also touches upon the hard physical and mental aspect of the row. #oceanrowing #rowing #ocean #greatbritishvikingrow #boat #boatbuilding

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