About Dom Mee
Ex-Royal Marine, arctic explorer, maritime security expert. Quite a collection of labels for one man. So who is Dom Mee?
Dom was obsessed with travel from a very early age in part thanks to his mother who ran off to sea with the merchant service at 25. Dom followed suit leaving home at 17 to join the Royal Marines; at 18 he was heading across the Atlantic on a warship bound for the Caribbean. This was the start of a love affair with the ocean that would take him on some extraordinary adventures.
While serving in the Royal Marines he leant to sail and was later selected for the Royal Navy offshore sailing team. He completed many offshore races including the Fastnet and the Sydney to Hobart races considered to be the toughest in the world. Dom was awarded the Royal Navy coveted Errol Bruce trophy twice during his time with the team. He joined fellow Royal Marine Tim Welford in 2001 in a bid to row across the North Pacific they rowed for 138 days before being run down by a fishing trawler ending their record breaking voyage. The voyage was made into a documentary for the BBC Extreme Lives series. Dom left the Royal Marines in 2002 after 15 years’ service, becoming a professional yachtsman and adventurer. He describes this period in his life as the wilderness years.
The first venture in the wilderness was a solo kayak trip to the high Arctic following in the footprints of Victorian explorer Sir John Ross. The trip took 60 days but Dom was forced back due to the heavy ice conditions and the onset of winter. He returned the following year with a larger team, managing to make a number of historical discoveries and finding the remains of Sir John Ross’s ship ‘The Victory’. The arctic expeditions were made into a documentary for National Geographic Channel. During his time in the arctic he wanted to see if kites would work in the sea ice and he set out on a test voyage from Canada to England on the first boat propelled by kites to do so. He endured five hurricanes in the north Atlantic before being overcome by Hurricane Rita and was rescued. Dom has written his first book on this voyage ‘Kiting the Hurricane’.
Dom also rowed the Atlantic, setting one of the fastest times in ocean rowing history. The team rowed from La Palma to Barbados.
He utilised all of his experience of taking risks and team work, applying them to business—founding a maritime security company PVI in response to the threat to world shipping from Somali pirates. On a start-up funding of 200, 000 USD, with his unique passion and drive he achieved a turnover of 70 million in just four years. The company was the fastest growing company in Europe and Dom was voted number thirty of the most influential men in world shipping by Lloyds. He had established the largest private navy since the East India Company.
Dom retired in 2012 to start a new life and raise a family after marrying Anna; they now have three beautiful boys. Dom started a family business in the tourist sector in Sri Lanka and is an adviser on maritime and regional security. He also found a new passion in writing upon finishing his first book; he is now writing two further books on his adventures.