It is always great to learn from our very talented speakers what they have achieved, and what they plan to challenge next. Here is a note form our adventure speaker, Mick Dawson:
Together with my friend and fellow former Royal Marine Steve Grenham (who’s suffering with the symptoms of PTSD, the issue we’re trying to raise awareness on) we came second in our class (Double Folding Kayaks) completing the 125 mile course complete with 77 portages non stop, in a time of 32 hours 54 minutes. Not too shabby for a crew with a combined age of just over a century….
Our next milestone on the ‘Cockleshell’ project is the Caledonian Canal in May (A double crossing starting and finishing at the Commando monument in Fort William) followed by the Yukon Great River Quest in Canada at the end of June. Another marathon kayak event, this time over a distance of 441 miles to be completed inside four days. Should keep us out of mischief as we build to the circumnavigation of the Falkland Islands in 2016.
In 2009 Mick Dawson skippered the first and only rowing boat too successfully cross the North Pacific Ocean; from Choshi in Japan to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. A truly unique and epic voyage of almost 7,000 miles which took him and his rowing partner Chris Martin 189 days 10 hours and 55 minutes to complete. Rowing a gruelling schedule of two hours on two hours off around the clock for six and a half months unsupported, the two men fought their way through everything the greatest ocean on the planet could throw at them.
Mick a former Royal Marine Commando and veteran of the Falklands war spent ten years trying to achieve his goal of completing one of the worlds, ‘Last great firsts’ during which time he also rowed the Atlantic ocean twice and attempted two solo crossing of the North Pacific.
Mick’s presentations are thrilling, compelling and utterly unique covering all aspects of his incredible adventures on both the Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans. He tailors each presentation to the specific requirements of his client and their audience.
The story of the 2009 crossing of the North Pacific was broadcast on Discovery Channel in the program; ‘Rowing the Pacific.’