Dom is a British ocean rower and yachtsman. In 1988 he joined the Royal Marine Commandos, and between operations he represented Great Britain, New Zealand and South Africa among others whilst ocean sailing. He has raced in the Maxi One circuit (hailed as the Formula One of the Sea) and has been on expeditions to the Arctic Circle and South American rainforests. He planned the first unsupported ocean row of the North Pacific with fellow rower Tim Welford. Their attempt saw them brave three typhoons and row their 24ft boat within 900 miles of America over 137 days. The attempt ended when a deep sea trawler struck their boat, breaking it in two, with Dom and Tim narrowly avoiding death.