John Martin III had originally been planning to sail to China aboard his 8′ Walker Bay dinghy, but he ended up in Russia two weeks after his departure. He’s now been deported about six months after his arrival, and has written blog entries about his time there.

Many people sharing this story or reading the background have found that Martin’s past is both complicated and dramatic. From a small-boat standpoint, he’s very lucky to have had a safe arrival and a safe deportation from Russia, but it also demonstrates how boats are taking care of us probably just as much as we’re taking care of them.

Walker Bay dinghy and gear laid out on a tarp in RussiaJohn Martin

The 8′ Walker Bay dinghy and gear John Martin had with him.


  • charles matteson says:

    This guy needs to have his head examined!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • charles matteson says:

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    I do not do blogs (do not know how) but I would like to read more about this trip. I do not think I would cross my pond in a boat like that. LOL
    Canoe Jim

  • Rob Webber from downunder says:

    I hope there is, or will be, a John Martin the 4th to carry on the great seafaring tradition!

  • jhond golder says:

    Read Famous Voyages in Small Boats by John Merrett. It is selections from other books of amazing voyages, intentional and otherwise, all over the globe and across time!
    Hard to put down and leads you to many fascinating characters and unbelievable marine accomplishments!