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Adventurer and Motivational speaker Tom McClean was made famous for being the first person to row single-handed across the treacherous North Atlantic Ocean and for many other extraordinary Adventures. “Failure is not an Option”.
Ex Paratrooper and SAS soldier Tom is an accomplished, inspirational and entertaining story teller; he speaks about his incredible “Life of Adventure” whilst conveying a strong Motivational message: “If you think you can – you will”.
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.
Areas of Expertise
Some highlights of his career include;
1969 FIRST MAN IN HISTORY TO ROW ACROSS THE ATLANTIC - ALONE
Never deterred by challenges, which would cause others to pale, Tom 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.
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.
Tom McClean's Presentation Titles include:
• Meeting The Challenge
• A Life of Adventure
• If you think you can, you will
• I Had to Dare - Rowing the Atlantic Alone
The frame of mind needed both in Adventure and Business to succeed forms the theme of Tom's Presentations which are:- Motivation, Overcoming Challenges,
Reaching Goals Teamwork, Its Always Possible To Do More!
Tom offers a superbly illustrated Power Point presentation ranging from 45 minutes to 60 minutes. This can include dramatic film footage of his hazardous landing and scaling of Rockall whilst re-affirming it for Britain. He is also happy to include a question and answer session.
“Tom delivered such a motivating presentation, providing us all with inspiration & living proof of someone who will not say that something ‘cannot be done'. Our managers all commented that they not only found the presentation stimulating, but entirely relevant both in our business as Flight Centre and in their personal lives and future development”.
Rachael Duffy Assistant Manager, Flight Centre ( UK ) Ltd
“We have worked with Tom McClean on many occasions over a number of years and have always found him to be flexible and reliable. His presentations are humorous, imaginative and extremely motivational for the appropriate audience. We are happy to recommend Tom as an after dinner speaker/conference speaker”.
James Martin Managing Director, Conference Dynamics Ltd
“Thank you Tom for making the presentation entertaining, informative and motivational. Everyone loved your stories and the balance of your presentation, style and humour. It was a pleasure meeting you and I wish you good luck and continued success in your adventures”.
Gina Honeysett MBNA Bank, Marketing Division
“I would like to thank you for your inspiring speech. It was both motivational and interesting. Your determination throughout your challenges proved that achievement is possible in both adventure and business”.
Jon Sandham Liverpool Victoria, National Field Sales Manager