Husband, father, and a Guinness World Record holder; Charlie Martell 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 specialises in clearing explosive hazards.
With the support of Team Hesco, Charlie will leave Japan in his boat BLOSSOM and head to USA, with enough food on board to last 180 days and a goal of completing the voyage within six months while raising funds for charities; Give Them a Sporting Chance, Veterans in Action and the Allied Forces Foundation.
Charlie first attempted this Pacific challenge in 2012 before encountering the destructive forces of Typhoon Mawar and having to cut the 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.” Martell said.
“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.”
We have been a proud supporter of Charlie’s adventures and fund raising over the years, CEO, Michael Hughes, is excited to help a veteran and ambassador to fulfil his mission.
Martell will begin training later this summer, with his sights set on sailing April 2019.