The Oceans have been my life since I was a teenager. I love the awesome beauty, the serenity, the frenetic chaos and the overwhelming power. To think that we as humans have taken advantage of and abused our oceans to the point of serious damage is horrifying. Which is why I was honoured when Jim and Sam asked me to be Patron of their critically important project.
Over the next 11 years, Ocean Warrior will train ordinary people from all walks of life and many nations to benchmark, measure and monitor – ‘ground-truth’ – exactly what is happening for our partner scientific organisations.
What’s more, they will do this by the power of the wind, teaching the participants to sail in the process. This by anyone’s standards is an extraordinary endeavour and I’m delighted to help them in any way I can.Ocean Warrior Patron: Tracy Edwards MBE
During my first conversation with Jim, I was impressed by his quiet confidence and solid enthusiasm. Since then I have come to learn the determination, dexterity, skills and knowledge of Jim and the crew behind the project, and am delighted to be associated with them. Global Warrior has all the potential of a truly great British first. Slightly mad and eccentric in conception, thorough and precise in planning and likely to prove ingenious and resolved in execution.Sir Ranulph Fiennes
The terrain is exceptionally hostile and dangerous; but I am confident that Jim and his team will be successful… in conducting an environmentally vital transect of the Arctic Ocean. For as Ernest Shackleton said: “difficulties are just things to overcome”.Alexandra Shackleton
Learning to travel the hard way is not only the best way, but it’s also the most memorable. I greatly admire all of you for having a go: believe me you won’t forget the experience.Michael Palin
Ocean Warrior Project Fact Sheet
We all think that the world has been ‘discovered’ and there are few areas that mankind has not reached. This is not so, and projects like this serve to explore these extremes and push back the boundaries of our knowledge, as well as the limits of those who take part.Sir Chris Bonington