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Tom McClean


About Tom McClean

Tom has a resilience bred into him from a childhood in a tough orphanage and nine years serving with both the Parachute and the S.A.S Regiments. Never deterred by challenges, he was the first man ever to row the North Atlantic Ocean single-handed. Using his experience as a survivor and with no previous knowledge of sea conditions, he completed this record-breaking ordeal in just 70 hard days. He established the Ardintigh Adventure Centre in a rugged and wilderness location of the West Highlands on the shores of Loch Nevis where hundreds of visitors have experienced their first taste of adventure.

In 1982, Tom set out to achieve a new distance recrd achieved by the world's smallest yacht. His vessel, Giltspur was a mere 9ft 9in long and in her, he battled his way across the Atlantic through ferocious conditions for 54 gruelling days. He took the world record but it was snatched away from him after just three weeks, when an American sailor arrived in a boat 9ft 1in, 8 inches shorter than Giltspur. So he cut 2ft off her with a chainsaw and crossed again in 1983. Despite losing his mast and steerage in the Bay of Biscay during an electric thunderstorm, he landed in Oporto, Portugal, to re-capture the World Record. As if that wasn't enough for anyone, Tom lived on Rockall for 40 days in 1985, in a survival unit 5ft x 4ft x 3ft and re-affirmed Britain's mineral and oil rights to the rock. Two years later, he re-captured the Transatlantic rowing record for Britain after 54 hard days at sea, he still holds this world record today.

All of that was too conventional, so in 1990 he sailed from New York to Falmouth in The Typhoo Atlantic Challenger, a 37ft long boat shaped like a bottle and equipped with a four poster bed. And in 1996 he launched 'Moby' Prince of Whales, comparable to a sperm whale in weight and size, 65ft long, 25ft high and weighing 60 tonnes. In Moby, Tom completed a 2000 mile voyage sailing around Britain.

Website: http://www.motivationspeaker.co.uk/