The Cordon Rouge Club now counts 33 members, with the new additions Emily and Oliver having proudly accepted their membership invitations earlier this month.
Passionate ocean advocates and marine explorers, Emily and Oliver have between them crossed every ocean on the planet, covering thousands of miles in the process. They have inspired many with tales that span across land and water breaking records in the process and lending two much deserved seats in the Cordon Rouge Club. Their impressive achievements are testaments of their courageous and ambitious spirits and they both fully embody the Cordon Rouge Club’s motto to Dare, Win, Celebrate!
Emily Penn is a Cambridge University graduate with a degree in Architecture. She sketches and paints the world around her, drawing from an appreciation of the environment which extends to protecting the world’s oceans, as shown in her work running organization Pangea Expeditions.
Emily is also the youngest and only female to ever have received both the Seamaster of the Year award, awarded by HRH Princess Royal, and the Yacht Master Award. She also claimed the Fitzroy Award at the 2016 Ocean Awards, which is handed to the adventurer who achieved the most to further ocean conservation in the previous 12 months.
In addition to these incredible achievements, Emily is tremendously dedicated to helping the environment. Her work running Pangea Expeditions has brought together the efforts of scientists, film makers and the general public to cast a clear eye on the threats brought to our seas. Her work brought to the limelight previously unseen oceanic gyres, discovering masses of plastic pollution accumulations. Emily is also known for conducting the largest ever community-led waste cleanup, restoring a small Tongan Island.
Other achievements include rounding the world on the biofuelled boat Earthrace, and trawling for micro plastics on the Arctic Northwest Passage. Emily’s motivational speaking can be seen at global events and Universities.
Oliver spent much of his young years gazing out to sea; his dream of rowing across the Atlantic materialized, battling against harsh winds and rain. After 124 days at sea, he was the youngest person to complete this expedition solo.
This sparked a line of exciting adventures; Oliver went on to be the first to row across the Tasman Sea from Tasmania to New Zealand, braving 96 days on troubled southern seas. He also covered 200 miles from the Shetland Islands to Norway in memory of the World War Two Shetland Bus Operation. Oliver is also no stranger to Antartica and Tierra del Fuego, having spent many seasons sailing these regions in support of expeditions on the Pelagic Australis yacht. His most recent conquest took him from the shores of Greenland to Scotland on a Kayak, which he completed last September.
Oliver is currently preparing for a groundbreaking adventure, to row the world solo. The expedition, which will begin in December 2018 – will see Oliver row over 18,000 miles, taking him beneath the 3 Great Capes of South Africa, South America, and Australia, in what is being described as one of the ‘Last Great Firsts’.
Welcome to the Cordon Rouge Club, Oliver and Emily. We eagerly await to hear of your adventurous tales over a glass of MUMM!