It’s the Golden Gate Endeavour Supporters’ Club!
Updated Thursday 26th November, sorry for the delay. Rich
Want to join the club? If you’ve followed the blog, sent a text, cheered on the crew as they arrived, or supported in any other way please email in a photo (or a link to a photo if it’s already online) of yourself to email@example.com.
- As a guideline try to give us a photo of 300×300 or larger, but if you don’t know what this means then just send a photo anyway!
- Please include your name, and any other interesting details (e.g. if you know one of the crew, how you heard about them, how long you’ve been following them, etc.)
|Adam Lawton||Here’s my phot. I was best man at Mick & Gracie’s wedding in April. It’s clear from the look on his face who he really loves.|
|Aldo Diana and Jason||We know Mick, we served in the Royal Marines together. we will be there on Friday to see the boys in.|
|Anne and Maurice Stevens||Go to the top of the class Mr Dawson, you’ve come and been a long way since we met at film school in 2003. All that running uphill over Brighton’s Sussex Downs, bullied into action by a sadistic veteran film director - images immortalized in your modest little starter set video. No gain without pain. Fitness that finally paid off! Ann and I have enjoyed your friendship and generous hospitality over a long period and admired your talent and relentless ‘endeavour’ so we wore our T shirts with pride and cheered like hooligans when you crossed the finishing line with your stalwart rowing mate Chris (he, well trained also as one of the renowned Hampton School ‘boaties’) who we were privileged to have met at the fabulous farewell party at the boathouse beside the Thames in Molesey, hosted in style by Chris and his proud parents. (We still have our neat mini paper boats as valued souvenirs of that memorable gig). We now toast you both for a fabulous achievement. Mick, one heck of a Marine and Chris, a worthy mate and Mariner. We hereby nominate you both as the new world champion oarsmen, conquerers of the mighty Pacific! Respect, gentlemen. From two old land lubbers from Billingshurst, Ann and Maurice.PS Well done to the wonderful reception committee, the marvellous helicopter camera work and the genius creators of the website. But where oh where were our own British newshounds to record your amazing ‘Everest’ moment?|
|Aunt Hil Smith||Anthill (Chris’s aunt, Mum Martin’s sister) and Grandma and Grandpa (Horsforth) celebrate Bojangles’ arrival under the Golden Gate Bridge. Also including a photo of Chris with his first boat, with brother Michael….. caption competition????|
|Biff and Jon Higgs||Biff (on the left) won’t thank me for sending this one in…
This is me (Higgsy) and Biff having destroyed all opposition in a summer regatta a couple of years ago. Even though the docks at Bristol aren’t quite on the same scale, I can empathise with how Mick might have felt having to drag Chris all that way across the Pacific!
Having know Chris for several years through MBC aka ‘The Black Death’ and followed his solo Atlantic crossing, I was never going to miss out on this latest endeavour.
|Christine Clarke||I followed the blog and added some comments. I don’t know the boys personally but I travelled to Peru with Isabel and Keith Martin who proudly told me about their son’s challenge when we met up again in January 2009.
|Cynthia Nicholas||Cynthia Nicholas, girlfriend to John Hanafin , and Micks biggest fan.|
|Elly Besley||Elly, from Essex, currently living in Dubai. I found out about this adventure, via Richard, just a couple of weeks before Chris and Mick crossed the finish line. A totally addictive and inspirational blog…I have been following the website regularly since then, and hope to meet the guys one day to say a MASSIVE well done!! Also, to say a massive thankyou; witnessing their incredible achievement, and imagining the determination, strength and courage it must have taken to get there has made me realise I’m being a total whimp in my marathon training and need to step it up. Thanks!|
|Emma Gregory and Ed Boyns||Emma Gregory and Ed Boyns, fellow rowers and friends of Chris (and in the case of Ed, cannoer and nutter). Here pictured with Chris and Sandra. Just before Chris went away to row the pacific, he and Ed canoed the Devises to Westminster race. Chris fell asleep half way through..|
|Erinn From Toronto||My name is Erinn Rupay, and I have been following the blog since about 2 weeks before they hit the international date line! I have been commenting semi-frequently, and refer to myself as ‘Erinn from Toronto.’I found about the boys accidentally, through the Ocean Rowing Society website, and I found their quest amazing. I used to look forward to getting up in their morning, reading their updates and tracking their progress. I find Chris and Mick’s sense of travel inspirational and has led me to see travel in a whole new way.Once again, congratulations on such a wonderful trip! I hope that they are enjoying dry land!|
|George Simpson and Tanya Cavanagh||So you’ve got George Simpson (aka Laser.Beam) and Tanya Cavanagh (aka Monkey) in this photo.We’ve been following them since they left and have been unlucky enough to know Chris and Mick from the 2005 Atlantic race. I have a lump on my chin called “Little Mick” from when he got me rat-arsed in Simon Chalk’s night club; I passed out in the toilet and fell down the stairs trying to escape from the locked-up / pitch black nightclub. Interestingly, I later learnt that Mick had “done a Dawson” and slipped off home at about 9 o’clock.
Claim to GGE fame: I had some stainless steel reinforcing made for the lads in the workshop to toughen up their riggers.
|Georgie and Jonny Dockett||In this photo are Georgie and Jonny Dockett. Georgie was Chris’ flatmate between his ocean rows and met Jonny when Chris was in the early stages of planning for the GGE. They have been following Chris and Mick’s progress throughout and have worn their T-shirts with pride!|
|Graeme De Wit||This is one time I wish I wasn’t on the other side of the planet! Would like to buy the boys a drink and shake there hand personally.
Well doneI have followed the row from departure. Its been an addiction with multiple log on’s every day, hoping for something new. Its been a privilege to follow Mick and Chris. I cant wait for the book!
|Great Aunt Chris Woolcott||Great Aunt Chris from Powell River BC Canada with Great Nephew Chris after his epic row across the North Pacific.|
|Great Aunts Anne, Barbara, Christine||The Great Aunts
L to R Anne, Barbara and Christine
We are Chris’s Grandma’s sisters
|Helen Pulham||Helen and class 11P from Hamilton lodge School.|
|Ian Tuller||I am Ian Tuller from San Francisco. I learned about the Golden Gate Endeavour from my good friend Roz Savage. I followed the blog and tracker from the beginning, although I did not become obsessed until the final 3 weeks of drama. I was thrilled to participate in the ecstatic flotilla of mariners cheering Mick, Chris, and Bo from Point Diablo, under the Golden Gate Bridge, and to the Golden Gate Yacht Club.|
|Jenny B and Sarah Paynter||Hi pictures enclosed of Jenny B on Hawaii Ironman day an Sarah Paynter we have been following boys since day 1 we know Chris,s brother Mike really well from the lake that we swim in during the summer.|
|John Hanafin||John Hanafin and Mick Dawson, in a bar somewhere.|
|Katharine Weber||I’ve followed you guys every single day. I learned about you from Roz Savage. Each morning I would start my day by reading your blog and by checking your progress. I work in a Middle School so I made sure all my students knew about you, what you were doing and why you were doing it. Such an inspiration!!
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
|Rachel Smith||I know Mick from when I did my Yachtmaster at Pridhamsleigh - he came in to tell the story of his rescue and the ‘lucky piece of wood’ - hence the mention in the Captains Blog! I first met Chris in La Gomera before our race - then crossed paths over the AOR.I’ve been following the team since the beginning and I have bought the t-shirt!!|
|Scott Evans||Life as a Physical Therapist is all about inspiration and motivation. When I found the website for this journey I was enchanted the same way I was when I first read books of travel and adventure. I was always told, as a child, that you could live vicariously through others exploits but needed to take it into your heart and make it your own. I crewed for an ultramarathon bicycle racer in the Race Across America in 2001 and thought that pedaling 300+ miles/day was “superhuman”. I crewed, paddling a kayak, alongside a swimmer, swimming 100 miles on the Missouri River. He looked up every half hour and asked if I was doing all right and needed anything. I paddled 125 miles across Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada to the US border last summer and kept thinking about all the “heroes” I had known previously who reached out to be something greater than themselves. It all has been a wonderful journey for me, this 60 years of life on earth, and I am so glad that I have added another inspiration for the remainder ahead. I hope I get to see my “Golden Gate” sometime. As the writer said at the close of your trip, “you are both oarsome!”|
|Sue and Malc Mowle||Runnymede Runners. Malc and I are friends of Chris’s brother Mike Martin. We tracked the guys progress from day one and seeing that we met up with Mike 4 times a week we were able to get additional info from his conversations on the satellite phone.
All in all for us a humbling but inspirational journey and a great privilege to be in some way a part of such an incredible journey.
There will be a huge void in our lives without being able to read the blogs, once again welldone to Chris and Mike.
|Sue Form Cornwall||This is a picture of me (Sue from Cornwall) with my dear friend Bob Pike (who used to row at the Molesey Rowing Club some years ago). I’ve been a keen follower of Chris’s rowing adventures since I followed him when he rowed solo across the Atlantic. So I was keen to follow him and Mick as they rowed all the way across the North Pacific - and what an incredible and brave journey that was! Like others, I became addicted to reading the blogs, sometimes several times a day, so am now suffering withdrawal symptoms! I have huge admiration for Chris and Mick - they’ve made history and I do hope they will publish a book about their adventures.|
|The Essex Mafia||Welcome home guy’s, it’s been great keeping up with the blog since you started & great to get a fast reply to our texts.What are we all going to do now?Korky has lived in Boston, Lincolnshire for 23 years & has known Mick & his family for sometime in his family owned pub “The Cowbridge”Korky’s sons from Essex (Lee & Jon) have shared many beers with Mick & his family over the years.
It was a pleasure to donate a mile for two great charities.
Well as requested sending a photo of the Essex Mafia (Korky, Jon, Lee & the rest of the Gang).
Cheers Boys & Well Done were all proud of your fantastic achievement.
|Tom Hood||Here’s a photo of me on board “Nana”. I was the engineer on board and worked with Mick in Poole and Nigeria until he departed for Japan. (I left Lagos a few months ago, and am now on another yacht in the Caribbean) Of course I know regular bloggers John Hanafin (also crew on the boat), Grace, Typical Lightweight Matelot and various other Lagos hangers-onI’ve been a lurker on the blog every day, but haven’t made many comments. Sent a few emails and texts to the boat, though. Unfortunately, I was at sea during the crucial days of resupply and arrival, so I missed some of the drama.|