Hi, I’m Mark!

Nice to meet you. People call me the Gentle Giant, because of my height and my kind personality. But make no mistake: when I’m on one of my adventures, being a participant in a race or when challenged in a game, I’m determined, focused, disciplined, dedicated and highly competitive. I make the impossible possible. I dream big and think in possibilities. My glass is always full. Still working as a contractor, my aim is to become a full-time adventurer in the coming years.  


My love for water and in particular the ocean, is endless. I feel better when I’m on the water. Whether I’m sailing, rowing or swimming. That’s probably why most of my best adventures take place there. 


I like to inspire and motivate people to be the best version of themselves. Getting them out of their comfort zone. My motto therefore is ‘be stronger than your excuse’. Stop dreaming about it, just do it! And learn and improve while doing it.

My mission statement

“I, Mark Slats, am an adventurer in my heart and soul. I strive to make the impossible possible. I want to live life to the fullest, do things that have not been done before. I always think 3 steps ahead. I go the extra mile. Giving up is not an option. I inspire people by doing this and telling about it. I try to inspire people by sharing my stories by taking them with me on all my adventures, motivating them to take on their own challenges, no matter how small or large, and to step out of their comfort zone. Stop thinking and dreaming about it. Just do it.”

My core values









2002  Winner of the Australian Tough Men Competition 

2002 - 2003  Sailed from Australia to the Netherlands with my dog Sam (boat Cornelia), becoming a self-taught sailor

2004 - 2005  Oceans2Cross, solo non-stop circumnavigation (boat Cornelia)

2010 - 2014  Sailed from the Netherlands to New Zealand 

2017   World record solo rowing Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge (boat Peanuts) Smashing previous record by 19 days!

2018  2nd in the Golden Globe Race, solo non-stop circumnavigation (boat Maverick)

Henk Bezemer award solo sailor of the Year (North Sea Club)

2019  Published my first book ‘Held op Zee’, written by Micha Jacobs

1st in the The Azores and Back Yacht Race (boat Maverick)

1st in the ‘Kustzeilers 24h’ sailing race

Awarded for the 2nd time with the Cape Horn award

Nominee for the Conny van Rietschoten Trofee

On going    Giving inspirational talks (at boat shows like HISWA, Yacht Clubs, but also at corporations like Shell, KLM, law firms, etc.)