At Tom’s Highland Outdoor Centre, deep in the heart of Scotland, sits a whale. A 65ft boat, weighing 60 tonnes, which he intends to sail across the Atlantic Ocean, from London to New York. Tom is currently 80 years old and has the full intention and ability to make this dream come true.
This is the perfect analogy of Tom McClean.
A few years after leaving the SAS in 1969 to become the first man to row across the Atlantic Ocean solo, decided he wanted to be the first man to live on Rockall, following the UK claiming sovereignty of the rock in 1955. With a few sponsors and backing from his peers in the Special Forces, Tom attempted the challenge in 1985 and against all odds, succeeded, becoming the first man to live on Rockall, for a duration of 40 days and 40 nights.
Since 1985, Tom hasn’t returned to Rockall.
Nick’s story begins after completing the world-famous Marathon De Sables in 2010. Having completed two of the seven Summits (Kilimanjaro and Elbrus), he was always looking for the next expedition. This is when he came across Rockall and the story of Tom’s renowned and treacherous adventure, he decided to break this record.
Due to the rock being 300 miles away from the coastline, the weather can be very unpredictable. On his first attempt to land, the conditions were too dangerous to leave the vessel so the landing was scrapped and he had to cancel the expedition.
With the blessing and financial support of his sponsors, Nick managed to charter the boat once more for the 16-hour trip back to Rockall. This time, he managed to land and in 2014, he set the world record for residence on Rockall, at a time of 45 days.
Since 2014, Nick hasn’t returned to Rockall.
CAM CAMERON AND CHRIS GRIECO
Cam Cameron and Chris Grieco are two adventurers who have never actually been to Rockall. In June of 2022, they are attempting to occupy Rockall for 7 days in an attempt to raise £1,000,000 for several charities, supporting children's healthcare and Navy and Marine charities.
For the six months leading up to their expedition, we are following their progress in arranging and preparing themselves for the trip. We also intend to travel with them to the rock over the two-week weather window, capturing their entire experience as they face the ferocity of the sea.
For more information on their project, please visit their website: https://www.Rockall2022.org/