Double Guinness World record holder Charlie Martell will be undertaking his sea trial training ahead of his Pacific 2012 challenge at the Teignmouth, Devon, on Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th September, 2011. Martell, who will be rowing 6,000 miles from Japan to the USA in spring 2012, is being assisted by the Teignmouth Lifeboat crew and local divers to overturn his ocean-rowing boat which will prepare him in the event of a real- life capsize whilst rowing in the North Pacific Ocean next year.

Martell, who will be securely strapped into the boat wearing his immersion suit will need to perform an emergency escape whilst under these realistic conditions. The solo ocean-rowing boat has been specifically designed by Global Boat Works to endure the extreme conditions of the Pacific Ocean. It’s 7 metres in length with full self-righting capabilities and increased storage capacity for long periods at sea. It has the addition of a floodable ballast tank whilst also incorporating a new flush mounted rowing system.

Martell will be rowing unsupported for 133 days raising funds for two charities and aims to set a new Guinness World Record for the first and fastest solo Briton, the current solo record is 134 days and is currently held by the Frenchman, Gerard D’Aboville.

Charlie first launched the idea for Pacific 2012 after an inspiring meeting with the charity Give Them a Sporting Chance which enables those with disabilities – of all ages – to complete their sporting ambitions. Martell is also a core crew member of another charity, Toe in the Water – who offers competitive sailing for military personnel who have often suffered traumatic injuries whilst being on tour in Afghanistan. Bringing these two charities together has been Martell’s mission in the last year and he has been the powerhouse behind the Pacific 2012 challenge which aims to raise much needed funds for both organisations. Charlie will be met at the RNLI Teignmouth by an old school friend, Rob Larkman, a teacher and crewman of the Teignmouth Lifeboat and a member of the Give Them a Sporting Chance management team.


Notes to Editors

  • Charlie Martell is a Mine Action Specialist who started his career serving with the British Army in Iraq and also in Northern Ireland and Bosnia. He has since gone on to work for the United Nations and The HALO Trust specialising in Mine Action and post-conflict recovery in war-torn countries.
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