1000 times (1000 Knots)
red nautical rope, 2010.
A continuous 3 hour and 41 minute performance tying 1000 bowline knots.
I pull up the line that had tied me to my friend, my hope for food and water and clothing. The rope is in one piece. Perhaps the loop I had tied in the mainsheet broke during the last shock. Or the knot; perhaps it was the knot. The vibration and surging might have shaken it loose. Or I may have made a mistake in tying it. I have tied thousands of bowlines; it is a process as familiar as turning a key. Still… No matter now. No regrets.
Steven Callahan, Adrift: Seventy-Six Days Lost at Sea