"Mick Dawson is the type of adventurer who built the California West, the dreamer of impossible dreams who earns in most daring fashion the right to pass through the mighty Golden Gate into San Francisco. He takes us with him on a voyage that is equal parts conquest of nature, marvel of the sea's cruel beauty, exploration of our own dreams and our strength to realize them... with a grateful measure of good humor."
Paul Oliva: On-the-waterfront columnist, San Francisco Chronicle
"Your presentation at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park was outstanding. For anyone with an appetite for adventure, your voyage across the Pacific, powered only by your own strength and determination at the oars, represents the pinnacle of what it means to reach for a dream. Your account of this epic journey reminds us just how beautiful and fragile are the oceans that connect us all."
Howard Levitt, Acting Superintendent
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
Mick is an engaging speaker with just the right mix of humor, insight, and narrative. To vicariously experience his epic journey is truly inspiring. If you ever had a dream, Mick will first show you how a dream can become an ambition, and then inspire you to believe that what you thought was out of your reach is attainable through perseverance, determination, and faith. Through the telling of his story, subtle yet powerful messages emerge on the themes of partnership, creative problem-solving, goal-setting, nurturing strengths, and managing challenges. Mick's story is a testament to what the human spirit can achieve and is an apt metaphor for any area of personal or organizational growth. Our students and faculty were entranced and enthused by Mick's informative and entertaining talk.
Percy L. Abram PhD , Head of School
Gateway Elementary, Santa Cruz, California
"Mick Dawson's 189 Days presentation provides audiences of all ages and walks a compelling adventure for the armchair traveller. Intertwining his whimsical 'Brit' humour with glimpses of sober reality as he tells the tale of a near 7000 mile voyage across the mighty North Pacific.
The tale embeds all aspects of an instant adventure classic with edge of seat provoking near misses, gut wrenching moments of sadness and gloom mixed with copious amounts of wonderment. The presentation transports the audience to a place so few have spent as much time in, isolated, two against nature in all her majestic fury, to her gentler kinder side, leaving crowds not only entertained, but stimulated and educated and wanting to know more."
Erik Simonsen, Marine Photographer, H2oShots.com
Mick spoke for an hour to an audience of 1200 people which included boys and girls aged from 11-18 and approximately 100 staff. His delivery was clear, the pace was good and he used images to illustrate and highlight the issues he was raising. The audience were enthralled from start to finish.
Mick's experiences are awe inspiring, so much so that many people, staff and students alike commented that his assembly was one of the best they had seen. He was truly inspirational.
I have been fortunate in my career to have listened to many first class public speakers in the world of sport including Olympic and Paralympic athletes and professional sportsmen but the presentation given by Mick Dawson was the most impressive and motivational I have heard. We hope that he will accept an invitation to return in the future.
R. W. Orkney; Director of Sport, Devonport High School for Boys, Plymouth, England
Mick Dawson gave an inspirational and humorous talk that had 420 students and staff spell bound as he recounted his dramatic voyage during an hour long assembly. The adventure and Mick's ability to grasp the audience and hold them with dramatic and breathtaking details of all his voyages was exceptional. The theme of overcoming adversity and determination supported by preparation was perfect for the audience and the message was fully received with open jaws and deep admiration for Mick. He also spent time answering questions about his voyages; this was done with plenty of humour and excellent pitch given the ages of some students, again showing Mick's ability to read the requirements of his audience. Mick Dawson had an extraordinary impact, he will continue to be discussed and referred to many times over the coming months and we hope to rebook Mick for future presentations. I would recommend Mick Dawson without reservation.
Mr S G Talbert, Teacher of History and Assistant Year Team Leader
Ivybridge Community College, Hartford Road, Plympton, Devon