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!