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Tom McClean

First Man in History to Row the Atlantic Single-Handed

Tom McClean, became the first man in history to row the Atlantic single-handed while serving with the SAS. Using his personal survival instincts and with no previous knowledge of sea conditions, he completed his perilous journey in a 20ft-long open Dory in 70 days. In 1982, Tom achieved the world record for sailing the world's smallest yacht across the Atlantic and repeated the feat the following year in 1983 in an even shorter vessel.

"Tom McClean is a pioneer adventurer"

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In detail

Tom McClean's wackiest adventure was to design and help build a 37ft long Bottle shaped boat Typhoo Atlantic Challenger which he sailed from New York to Falmouth, followed a year later by a 3,000 mile voyage around Europe in the same craft. In 1994 he began his largest and most ambitious project to date - the construction of Moby - Prince of Whales! The world's only 65 ft long, 25 foot high giant whale shaped boat was launched in 1996 into the Moray Firth. Sea trials took place among the dolphins and Tom recently completed a circumnavigation of Britain. His next intention is to embark on an exciting adventure in the Moby - Prince of Whales crossing the Atlantic from London to New York and back again.

What he offers you

Tom McClean is a warm and enthusiastic speaker who is capable of motivating and inspiring an audience to greater things. He talks about his life and the motivation which is needed to meet the challenge and succeed in both business and adventure. Tom McClean has a remarkable record when it comes to achievement and adventure. His career reflects an extraordinary capacity for succeeding against all odds; never daunted.

How he presents

Tom McClean's presentations are memorable and unique opportunities to gain insights into a pioneer's adventures.

Languages

He presents in English.

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Topics

  • A Life of Adventure
  • Meeting the Challenge
  • Single-mindedness and Determination
  • I Had to Dare, Rowing the Atlantic Alone
  • Motivation

Publications

  • 1989
    Survival at Sea
  • 1983
    Rough Passage: A Life of Adventure

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