Row Pacific 2019

Photo courtesy of @richardsudbury

Photo courtesy of @richardsudbury


5,082 miles or 8,179km

approxImately 150 days, rowing 16 hours a day

estimated 1,944,000 oar strokes from land to land

Around St. George’s Day (April 23rd), in 2019 Charlie Martell will begin a Guinness World Record feat – to be the first person in history, to row solo and unsupported across the North Pacific Ocean, from Japan to the USA.

Former Royal Engineer Charlie Martell is to take on the largest water mass on the planet and become the first person to row land-to-land across the Pacific.

Charlie is no stranger to a challenge, having rowed the Atlantic and trekked to the North Pole and whose active service in Iraq, Bosnia and Northern Ireland led to a post-Army career in the humanitarian sector where he specialised in clearing explosive hazards.

With the support of Leadership Challenges and Team Hesco, Charlie will leave Japan in his boat Blossom and head to the USA, with enough food on board to last 180 days and a goal of completing the voyage within six months whilst raising funds for charities; Give Them a Sporting Chance, Veterans in Action and the Allied Forces Foundation.

He’s hoping to arrive sometime in September and heading for just north of San Francisco, but both the length of the journey and where he will reach land, is very dependent on the weather and currents. Once his journey starts, you’ll be able to track his progress day by day, here on our website.

The Charitable Adventurer

Charlie first attempted this Pacific challenge in 2012 before encountering the destructive forces of Typhoon Mawar and having to cut his journey short.

“It’s testament to the design and rigorous build of Blossom that she survived the storm in 2012. The bulkhead was damaged after a pitch-pole capsize and we’ve had to strengthen the aft cabin where I sleep and seek refuge.” 

“The Pacific is not an easy ocean and 2019 will not be an easy trip, but now we’re ready to try again. I’m looking forward to really testing myself and to raise awareness for three incredibly important charities.”

Leadership Challenges is supporting Charlie’s incredible challenge and we’ll be posting news of his progress on this blog.

For more information visit his website on this link.