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Starting June 2018, former Royal Marine Commandos Mick Dawson and Steve Sparkes will row 2,400 miles from California to Hawaii in ‘The Great Pacific Race. It will take them and a fleet of up to twenty competitors, between fifty and sixty days to finish their epic voyage. On completion Steve Sparkes will become the first visually impaired person to row the Pacific Ocean.

MICK DAWSON is a professional sailor and one of the most experienced ocean rowers in the world, having successfully rowed the Atlantic Ocean twice and skippered the first and only rowing boat to cross The North Pacific Ocean from Japan to San Francisco; a Guinness World Record. 

Mick created ‘The Cockleshell Endeavour Project’ three years ago to help another friend and former Marine, Steve Grenham, who was suffering with the issues of PTSD and struggling to find help. That culminated in March 2017 with the successful nine-day circumnavigation of East Falkland in a two-man kayak; 35 years after the pair took part in the islands liberation.

STEVE SPARKES also a Falklands veteran, lost his sight due to a diving accident on exercise during his service in the Corps. Despite this career ending and life changing set back Steve has built a new and successful life for himself, whilst also becoming an inspirational figure within Blind Veterans UKand the blind veteran community in general. Steve has helped numerous individual veterans come to terms with their condition throughout his long association with Blind Veterans UK. Now with this project he intends to help thousands more, by demonstrating exactly what is possible.

The ‘Cockleshell Pacific Endeavour’ is proudly sponsored by Blind Veterans UK and The Royal Marines Charity.

AIM: Mick and Steve intend to raise £100,000’s for these two superb charities in recognition of their fantastic support and to assist them with the incredible work they both do within the service community.

To Make This Project a Success Requires Sponsorship and Support.

With a project budget that will have to cover; race entry fee, boat and equipment purchase, stores, shipping, flights, communications and running costs, support and sponsorship is a key element in our planning. We are already linking with proactive sponsors and partners and are keen to extend our connections with other forward-thinking partnerships to maximise the potential impact and value of this remarkable project.

How to Sponsor and Support the Project:

Sponsorship opportunities are available over a wide range of packages tailored for each individual sponsor with a variety of benefits. Including personal presentations before and after the row, exclusive access to the rowers on route, daily updates and global corporate exposure in the build up to the race and throughout the execution of this epic row.

Sponsorship packages range from £5000’s for ‘corporate branding’ on the hull of the rowing boat for the duration of the voyage; to Title Sponsorship of a Global Project which will create an inspirational world first; the first rowed crossing of the Pacific Ocean by a visually impaired person.

Mick and Steve are happy to discuss what they can offer potential sponsors at every level and keen to link with partners to maximise the incredible potential for this unique undertaking.



Mick Dawson

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