In the arena of ocean-going feats there are few records left to conquer. Circumnavigating the globe, solo and unsupported in a rowing boat, is one of them, and it is one due to be undertaken by Olly Hicks in 2012. In 2005 Olly completed a lifelong ambition to row across the Atlantic, becoming not only the first person to do so from the USA to the UK, but also the youngest to row any ocean solo.It was during this voyage that Olly decided that the ultimate challenge lay in rowing around the world, unsupported. In January 2009 Olly departed Tasmania on the Virgin Global Row. After 96 days he landed in New Zealand, writing history again to become the first to row the Tasman Sea, but due to a fundamental design flaw with the boat the full voyage had to here be suspended. Since then Olly has been working with two internationally acclaimed naval architects to re-design, test and prove the new boat for a fresh attempt in 2012. Olly is now ready to complete his mission and to write history again to become the first person to row the globe.
The 18-22 month voyage will be unsupported. The Global Row is one of the last true world firsts remaining - with his considerable ocean rowing experience Olly is in an excellent position to complete this challenge. With the necessary funding and the right boat, this incredible feat of bravery and strength is attainable - having already crossed the Atlantic, the Tasman and endured three hurricanes at sea, Olly knows that the expedition is well within his grasp. The Global Row voyage encompasses all of the world's major Oceans, covering over 18,000 nautical miles. The expedition will take approximately 18-22 months, passing through the the Southern parts of the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans and on the periphery of the Southern Ocean. Olly will, at stages of his voyage, be the most remote human on the face of Planet Earth, but will be in touch with his global following daily using the state of the art communications equipment on his boat. He will be able to stream live footage, photography and voice updates automatically across all media platforms. The expedition has just secured the support of the The Transglobe Expedition Trust - Sir Ranulph Fiennes' original organisation of which HRH Prince Charles is a Patron. The Trust only supports a few projects each year, lending significant kudos and offering wide ranging possibilities with events and adventure experts. On his return (in 2014!) Olly will speak along side Sir Ranulph Fiennes at The Transglobe Trust annual event at the Royal Geographical Society in London.
The expedition is currently seeking sponsorship and more information can be found at www.globalrow.com