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Tom McClean

Geoff Allum, Kenneth F.Crutchlow and Tom McClean at the start of ORS Atlantic Rowing Regatta. La Gomera, January 20 2004

Biography

(excerpt from Tom McClean's website)

Tom McClean has a remarkable record when it comes to achievement and adventure. Raised in a tough orphanage from the tender age of 5 years old until he was 15, Tom soon realised the art of survival of the fittest; this attitude has seen him through many hair-raising experiences.

Tom is happily married to Jill, and they have two sons, James and Ryan. However, he still finds it hard to resist the call of the oceans, so his family have become part of the crew, providing the logistical and moral support that is so critical to his safety and success.
 

1969 FIRST MAN IN HISTORY TO ROW ACROSS THE ATLANTIC FROM WEST TO EAST – ALONE
Never deterred by challenges, which would cause others to pale, Tom was the first man to row the North Atlantic Ocean from West to East 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.



1970 BUILT UP ADVENTURE CENTRE
In a rugged and wilderness location of the West Highlands on the shores of Loch Nevis lies Tom's Adventure Centre. Over the years the centre has served as a place where hundreds of visitors have experienced their first taste of adventure.


1982 3,000 MILE VOYAGE IN WORLD'S SMALLEST YACHT
Giltspur a mere 9ft 9in long, Tom was battling his way across the Atlantic through ferocious conditions for 54 gruelling days. He took the world record which was snatched away from him after just three weeks when an American sailor arrived in a boat 9ft 1in, only 8inches shorter


1983 RECLAIM WORLD RECORD FOR BRITAIN
Cut 2ft off world's smallest yacht with a chainsaw, was the response from Tom, making his boat Giltspur just 7ft 9in long and he crossed the Atlantic all over again, 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 once more!


1985 SURVIVED ON ROCKALL
He lived on Rockall for 40 days in order to re-affirm Britain 's mineral and oil rights to the rock. He spent the time on a ledge in a survival unit 5ft x 4ft x 3ft for 40 days against all that the wild Atlantic could throw at him.



1987 THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE AGE 44
Rowing the Atlantic alone to re-capture the rowing record from France in his 20ft dory Skol 1080. Tom heaved his way from Canada to the Bishop's Rock Lighthouse and survived his rowing boat turning upside down in the middle of the night in 50ft waves emptying essential equipment into the ocean. He re-captured the Transatlantic rowing record for Britain after 54 hard days at sea and still holds this world record today.



1990 SAILED THE ATLANTIC …IN A BOTTLE
Tom's wackiest adventure was to design a 37ft long Bottle shaped boat, the Typhoo Atlantic Challenger that he sailed from New York to Falmouth England . With his usual panache, he equipped it with a four poster bed, sophisticated navigational equipment to ensure a secure passage for one of the strangest vessels ever to ply the open seas.

1996 ‘MOBY' PRINCE OF WHALES LAUNCHED

1969 First man to row the Atlantic alone

Adventure Centre sunrise

Tom and Giltspur
Rockall
row, row, row
The bottle boat at New York
 

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