About James Ketchell

On 1st February 2014, James became the first and only person to have rowed across
the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles
around the world.

James Ketchell is a record-breaking aviator, adventurer and motivational speaker!

My name is James Ketchell, from a very young age I have had a passion for adventure and the outdoors. Through my teenage years I was very shy and had no confidence or belief in myself, the thought of standing up and talking to large audiences would have terrified me. Little did I know my life was going to turn out quite different!

On 1st February 2014, I became the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world, in what the media dubbed, “The Ultimate Triathlon”.

In 2019 I set the first Fédération Aéronautique Internationale ratified flight around the world in an open cockpit gyroplane. Flying over 24,000 nautical miles and circumnavigating in 175 days in my Italian built Magni M16 aircraft.

It was an inauspicious start; in 2008 I was recovering from a serious motorcycle accident that left me with broken legs as well as a severely broken and dislocated ankle. The prognosis was that I was likely to suffer a permanent walking impairment.

In 2015 I was rescued in the Indian Ocean along with my rowing partner as we attempted to row from Western Australia to Mauritius, resulting in a full scale rescue that was global news. I found myself clinging to a rope ladder on the side of a 100-000 ton crude oil tanker in storm force winds. An experience that will stay with me forever.

I learnt that the famous saying… “Every dark cloud, has a silver lining” is very much true, although one may not see it at the time. I now find myself traveling the world giving lectures on a number of topics but ultimately very lucky to be sharing my experiences with audiences around the globe.

I truly believe that every young person has the ability to be whoever they want to be and the capability to succeed lies within everyone. I feel it is now my duty to give back to young people and along with my responsibilities as a Scouting Ambassador this will always be at the core of everything I do!

I was once asked… “Who is James Ketchell & what is he about” The answer is… “James Ketchell is a Motivational Speaker with a passion for adventure & inspiring young people”

I hope you enjoy looking through my website and I’m looking forward to sharing many more adventures and stories with you!


THE ROW / THE CLIMB / THE CYCLEUltimate Triathlon

James decided to respond to this challenge in the only way he knew how, and with dogged determination,
set about physical tasks that most of us can only imagine experiencing.

The Row

In 2010, James rowed single-handed across the Atlantic Ocean.

The crossing took a total of 110 days, 4 hours and 4 minutes. He battled freak storms that lasted weeks and run out of food 230 miles from the Caribbean. James did the one thing he knew how to do, he kept going and despite a near miss with an Oil Tanker and an encounter with a flying fish, he made it to Antigua.

The Climb

In 2011, James reached the summit of Mount Everest.

Standing at 8,848m in height, Everest is the one challenge that almost got the better of him. It was on his descent that he realised something was seriously wrong when he could hardly breathe and stand on his own two feet. Thanks to his Sherpa Dorje James returned to Base Camp. Eventually diagnosed with a severe lung infection.

The Cycle

In 2013, James cycled solo and unsupported 18,000 miles around the world.

James cycled through 20 different countries and spoke in a school in every country he visited. He averaged just over 100 miles per day and made it back to Greenwich Park on 1st February 2014. James was more proud of the fact that he had motivated 10,000 young people to pursue their own goals and dreams than the achievement of cycling the world itself.

The key message that James reveals from completing this “ultimate triathlon” is that we can all potentially set ourselves
difficult goals and achieve them: the capability to succeed is within everyone.
James Ketchell is a serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador. James became the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world in what the media dubbed “The Ultimate Triathlon”.


Email: james@jamesketchell.net
Email: james@jamesketchell.net