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  • Writer's pictureJim McNeill

Great things take time.

As some of you may know, I'm known more for polar than ocean exploration, although, whilst leading a filming expedition for the BBC, I have crossed the Drake Passage in a small yacht. This is the infamous body of water between South America's Cape Horn, Chile and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica. It connects the south-western part of the Atlantic Ocean with the south-eastern part of the Pacific Ocean and extends into the Southern Ocean – renowned as being one of the most disturbed, mountainous, and dangerous stretches of water in the world. And it was!

Nature being one of my greatest passions, I do have a huge love of the oceans and a natural yearning to be on the seas and sailing. The only trouble is, I get extremely seasick. So much so that, when I was young, my father maintained I was seasick on the Woolwich ferry from one side of the river Thames to the other – a rumour I have always refuted.

When I created Ice Warrior, back in 2001, it was always the model to take into the other extremes, the rationale being that the extremes are the barometer for global change or the early warning system for the rest of the planet and if we are not benchmarking , monitoring and reporting on these areas how do we know that anything we are doing to mitigate our presence on Earth is actually working?

It's taken 22 years of Ice Warrior to finally launch the Ocean Warrior Project but it’s here and I'm absolutely chuffed to bits. Real climate action, carried out by ordinary, everyday people.

Same principles. A huge opportunity for anyone from any nation, any walk of life and echelon of society to train to be competent professional crew and do something wholly worthwhile for humanity.

Like Ice Warrior it is all about Developing you, to Discover change and Deliver your story to Engage others to help tackle the biggest problem humankind has ever faced.

What’s more, with Ocean Warrior, we have a place on each of the eight legs which we will fund. So apply now for the Global Warrior Bursary.

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