Mick Dawson

Mick Dawson, former Royal Marine Commando, film maker, sailor and adventurer.  Having seen active service in the Falklands aged just 17 and then again in the Middle East, Mick then followed his passion for the ocean, becoming a professional sailor.

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In 2009 Mick Dawson skippered the first and only rowing boat to 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, the two men fought their way through everything the greatest ocean on the planet could throw at them.

He is, in his own words, "an ordinary man who did an extraordinary thing". And his story-telling, bravery and modesty provide a highly motivational experience. With a great sense of humour and understatement, Mick describes the determination, teamwork and adaptability required for his adventure. And either in a keynote or after dinner speech, he explains how those traits can be applied to all walks of life.

The story of the 2009 crossing of the North Pacific was broadcast on Discovery Channel in the program; 'Rowing the Pacific.'

Mick and Chris's efforts were recognised by the Guinness Book of Records in 2010.

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