Double world record holder and bomb disposal expert Charlie Martell is visiting Beaudesert Park School in Minchinhampton on Saturday to tell pupils and parents about his next awe-inspiring charity challenge, and to show off the boat he plans to row solo across the North Pacific for his challenge Pacific 2012.
Gloucestershire born and bred, Charlie will set off from Japan in May to row solo and unsupported across the North Pacific to the USA – a journey of some 6,000 miles which he’s hoping to complete in just four months.   The Pacific 2012 trip will raise money for two charities, and once completed on time, will also set a new Guinness World Record for the first and fastest solo British rower to cross the Pacific. Charlie is the son of Charles Martell – local cheesemaker of Stinking Bishop cheese fame, based in Dymock, and the challenge is being masterminded from Chedworth.
James Womersley, Headmaster of Beaudesert Park School, commented;  “Charlie is a real life adventurer, and we’re delighted to be helping him raise money, through the “Friends of Beaudesert” for two very worthy charities whilst striving for a new world record.”  £1000 has been raised and used to sponsor Pacific 2012.
The two UK charities set to gain much needed funds from the Pacific 2012 Challenge are Give Them A Sporting Chance, and Toe in the Water.  Give Them A Sporting Chance enables people of all ages who have disabilities, to complete their sporting ambitions.  Toe in the Water offers competitive sailing for servicemen and women who have often suffered traumatic injuries.  Both charities are very close to Charlie’s heart; he’s one of GTASC’s ‘ambassadors’ and is a frequent crew member with Toe, both in training and racing.
For more information about media enquiries relating to this event at Beaudesert Park School, please contact Sarah McCurrich on 01453 832 072 or 07932 737 498, or email
For more information about the Pacific 2012 challenge please contact Adrian Bell on 07976 866808 or email
  • Fred SHELLEY:

    As an OC in 1943 I wish you luck in your venture. I remember playing Beaudesert park school when I was in prep school at Newnhem on Severn.
    If you get blown off course and end up in Western Australia (Fremantle) knock on our door.
    Best of good fortune. Dee Shelley.

  • Clark Lockerd:

    Have a great trip. You know we are proud to know someone who can take on this kind of challenge.

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