This week saw Gloucestershire’s very own ‘Action Man’ and double Guinness World record holder, Charlie Martell undertake his sea trials ahead of his next world record bid across the North Pacific Ocean. Martell, who will be rowing 6,000 miles from Japan to the USA, is raising money for two charities in Spring 2012 and was assisted by the Teignmouth Lifeboat crew and local divers who helped to overturn his ocean-rowing boat preparing him in the event of a real- life capsize in the North Pacific Ocean next year.

Martell, who was securely strapped into the boat wearing his life- saving immersion suit performed a text book emergency escape whilst being overseen by the highly trained RNLI crew who were on emergency standby. The RNLI are funded entirely by public donations that enables the 4,500 trained volunteers to perform 24/7 sea rescues whatever the weather. Teignmouth RNLI voluntary crew member Rob Larkman, who organised the training session for the former Cheltenham College Junior School pupil, is also an active member of the charity ‘Give Them a Sporting Chance’ which is a benefactor of Martell’s Pacific 2012 row.

Martell will be rowing unsupported in his 7 metre boat for 133 days 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. The route across the “Everest of The Oceans” could take him more than six months to complete, but to take the world record he will have to do it in just four months whilst battling through the typhoon season, the Pacific Ring of Fire and migrating whales. Martell’s solo ocean-rowing boat has been specifically designed to endure the extreme conditions of the Pacific Ocean with full self-righting capabilities and the capacity for long periods at sea.

Notes to Editors

  • If you would like more press information, high resolution images or would like to interview Charlie Martell – Please contact: Adrian Bell at or call 07976 866808
  • Picture Editors: Captions: Rob Larkman and skipper on standby in the RNLI dinghy – Charlie Martell prepares to capsize in his Ocean-Rowing boat – Please credit Alex Fine Photography.
  • Charlie Martell (40) is a Mine Action Specialist who started his career serving with the British Army in Iraq and also in Northern Ireland and Bosnia as a Commando trained bomb disposal expert. 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.
  • To read more about Charlie’s story and to follow his progress please visit:
  • You can also follow Charlie on Twitter – Pacific_2012
  • You can join Charlie on his Facebook Page – Pacific 2012.
  • Visit the Pacific 2012 Photo stream on Flickr – Pacific2012 (high resolution images can be downloaded instantly).
  • The two charities Charlie is raising awareness and funds for are: and

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