Mick launches his Olympic row plan

Mick Dawson
Mick Dawson

HERE he rows again! Record-breaking rower Mick Dawson is getting ready to head back to the water... for yet another epic adventure.

On May 14, next year, he will join pal Andrew Morris as they attempt to row the Atlantic ocean in 60 days.

Their plan is to return home via the Thames, arriving in London in time to mark the start of the 2012 Olympic Games.

The gruelling regime will see the pair rowing non-stop, 24 hours a day.

They will take it in turns to do two-hour stints as they battle the sea and the clock for what they have dubbed OAR – the Olympic Atlantic Row.

They will leave the east coast of America and travel a distance of 2,587 miles.

“I just can’t wait to get back in the water,” said Mick, who is no stranger to a life at sea.

Back in 2009 Boston’s Mick and pal Chris Martin became the first people to row the Pacific Ocean unaided.

They crossed from Choshi, Japan, to San Francisco, USA in 189 days.

Again, the Atlantic expedition will be unaided, with no support vessels following them.

Ex-Royal Marine Mick has covered more than 20,000 miles at sea with more than 400 days spent on the water.

He and Andrew will row Bojangles, the boat that made the historic Pacific crossing.

The pair know each other well after completing the Atlantic Rowing Race – from the Canary Islands to the West Indies – together in 2005.

Mick also competed in the event with his brother Steve in 2001.

This will be the first time Mick has attempted this distance in the Atlantic.

However, brother Steve was part of the Vivaldi Atlantic 4 team which broke the Atlantic crossing record in 2005, rowing from Newfoundland, Canada, to Falmouth, Cornwall, in 55 days.

The idea behind OAR is to show youngsters that, with the correct preparation and willpower, anything can be achieved.

This message will be presented during a tour of the United States prior to the row.