Nick Hancock is planning to land on the extremely remote and dangerous Isle of Rockall in early June 2012. Aiming to land and stay on Rockall for at least 24 hours during the Queen’s Jubilee weekend, from a brand new vessel Orca 3, owned and operated by Atlantic Marine Services, in what is planned as a reconnaissance expedition for what will be one of the most ambitious island occupations the world has ever seen.
Rockall is the most isolated speck of rock surrounded by water on the surface of the Earth. A very small islet lying approximately 366 km (227 miles) west of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, and 430km (267 miles) from the nearest point on the Irish mainland. The outcrop measures just 25m (82ft) on its north-south axis and 22m (72ft) on its east-west axis; the summit is only 19.2m (63ft) ASL. It is situated on the Rockall Bank, an Atlantic ridge separated from the European continental shelf by the Rockall Trough. The occupiable area of Rockall, named in 1955 as Hall’s Ledge after the first recorded person to land there, is just 3.5 metres by 1.3 metres (11 foot by 4 foot), and 4 metres (13 foot) below the summit.
Nick has future plans stay on Rockall for 60 days, setting two new occupation records and raising money for the charity Help for Heroes. The solo record stands at 40 days, set in 1985 by former SAS soldier Tom Mclean. This expedition is an ideal opportunity for Nick to “recce the rock” prior to his attempt at a long-haul stay. Find out more about the expedition by visiting www.rockallsolo.com .