This final mile is dedicated to the outstanding achievements of two very remarkable men. They have humbled us all with their courage, determination and fortitude. The spirit which they have displayed is in the highest traditions of many great explorers who have gone before them, and will be an inspiration to those that will follow long after them.
It is an honour and a privilege to know Mick and call him my friend, and by association Chris whom one day I also hope to have the privilege of meeting. The rest of their families and friends should allow their hearts to be bursting with pride.
The rest of us mere mortals should do two things:
Firstly, wherever we may be in the world, we should charge our glasses, be upstanding, raise our hats to these men, and salute their incredible achievement.
Secondly, we should also take this moment to remember Mick’s father Derek and raise a glass to absent friends.
Ladies and gentlemen - I give you Mick Dawson, Chris Martin, and their Golden Gate Endeavour.
13 November 2009