Charlie Martell: Pacific 2012 challenger
At 2051BST on 4th May 2012, double Guinness World Record holder Charlie Martell departed Choshi, Japan, to row solo and unsupported for 4,500 miles across the North Pacific to San Francisco, USA. He set out to raise funds for three charities, and hoped to set new world records:
- fastest crossing of the North Pacific Ocean
- first unsupported row across the Pacific Ocean
- first solo Briton to make the crossing
Charlie was at sea for 36 days, 1 hour and 33 minutes, before being rescued by MV Last Tycoon after Tropical Storm Mawar compromised the integrity of his boat, Blossom. Mawar was ‘uncharted territory’ for an ocean rowing boat and it is testament to the quality of Global Boatworks’ skills that Blossom remained intact, protecting Charlie.
Total distance rowed: 629.4nm
For the full statistics on the voyage, go to the Pacific 2012 stats page
LATEST BLOG 26th June 2012
It’s been over two weeks since you were last updated and that was with the news that I was safely aboard MV Last Tycoon. Even though the weather conditions were still not good, Captain Kornilov and his crew managed to recover Blossom, my boat, from the Ocean. My praises go to the Captain and his crew.
Twelve days on board the Last Tycoon, a relatively sterile environment, gave me some time to reflect on my voyage from Choshi, up to and including my rescue from the Pacific Ocean. The questions I asked myself are similar to those the media have asked me since I have returned to the UK – the main question being, “Will you try again?”
My answer remains, “It’s too early to say.” Blossom is currently on her way back to the UK; when she arrives, we’ll wait to learn if she is fully repairable. I will also need to discuss my options with my sponsors.
I arrived back in the UK on Friday 22nd June and then spent a very enjoyable weekend with my sister and brother-in-law and also spent some time with my god-daughter, Eliza Blossom. It is great to be back and I do look forward to catching up with more friends in due course.
I am truly grateful for all your support; it’s amazing to have read through the sheer volume of messages. Fear not, I will keep you all updated!
This weekend, I will be joining Toe in The Water, for the annual Round The Island Race – wish us luck! www.roundtheisland.org.uk
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