Ocean rowing’s absolute firsts:
First ocean row:
Frank Samuelsen — (both NOR, see left) 1896: A, W>E
A OCEAN ROWING
The Ocean Rowing Society (UK) was established in 1983 by Kenneth F Crutchlow and Peter Bird, later joined by Tom Lynch (USA), Tatiana Rezvaya-Crutchlow and Chris Martin (both UK). It keeps a record of all attempts to row the oceans and major bodies of water such as the Tasman and Caribbean seas, as well as rows around Great Britain. The society also classifies, verifies and adjudicates oceanrowing achievements.
V-shaped hull; more cover for crew; blown less by wind; relatively stable. “Classic Pair” and “Classic Four” denote the number of rowers in this class of boat.
Usually, a row between California and Hawaii or from South America to a mid-ocean island
On 6 Jun 1896, Norwegians George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen left New York City, USA, in an 18-ft-long (5.48-m) boat and rowed to the Isles of Scilly, UK. They arrived 55 days later, on 1 Aug, having rowed 2,841 nautical mi* (5,262 km).
Victoria “Tori” Murden (USA) arrived on the island of Guadeloupe on 3 Dec 1999, having crossed the Atlantic from Tenerife in the Canary Islands in her 7-m (23-ft) boat. During a straightline 2,575-nautical mi (4,770-km) journey lasting 81 days 7 hr 31 min, Murden faced 80-mph (129-km/h) gusts of wind and 20-ft (6.1-m) waves.
Anne Quemere (FRA) travelled from La Gomera to Guadeloupe in 56 days 10 hr 9 min from 26 Dec 2002 to 21 Feb 2003. Quemere covered a straightline distance of 2,560 nautical mi (4,741 km), beating the record time set by Tori Murden in 1999.
The fastest solo row (female, east to west, open class) was achieved by Elaine Hopley (UK) between 14 Dec 2016 and 12 Feb 2017. Raising money for charity, Hopley rowed from La Gomera to Antigua in 59 days 19 hr 14 min.
Between 23:00 GMT on 12 Jun 2015 and 23:00 GMT on 13 Jun, Tom Hudson (UK) and Pete Fletcher (AUS) rowed 116.76 nautical mi (216.24 km) on board Macpac Challenger. The record was set during a transatlantic row from New York City, USA, to Falmouth, UK.
Team Row Like a Girl – Lauren Morton, Bella Collins, Georgina Purdy and Olivia Bolesworth (all UK) – rowed from La Gomera to Antigua in 40 days 8 hr 26 min, from 20 Dec 2015 to
29 Jan 2016. They averaged a speed of 2.63 knots (4.87 km/h; 3.02 mph) on board Mrs Nelson.
Hungarian duo Levente Kovacsik and Norbert Adam Szabo paddled the Atlantic Ocean from Huelva in Spain, via Gran Canaria, to Antigua in the West Indies in their kayak Kele between 21 Oct 2015 and 30 Jan 2016.
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Peter Smith (ATG, b. 17 May 1941) was 74 years 217 days old when he began rowing the Atlantic east to west from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in a team of four on board Wa’Omoni. The row lasted 52 days 9 hr 9 min, from 20 Dec 2015 to 10 Feb 2016.
Between 5 Jun and 14 Jul 2016, Uniting Nations – Fiann Paul (ISL, b. POL see opposite), Thiago Silva (BRA), Cyril Derreumaux and Carlo Facchino (both USA) – crossed the Mid-Pacific in 39 days 12 hr 20 min. Their average speed was 2.21 knots (4.09 km/h; 2.54 mph) on Danielle.
Greg Vlasek (USA, b. 30 Dec 1955) was 60 years 158 days old at the start of his east-to-west row from Monterey in California, USA, to Diamond Head in O’ahu, Hawaii, USA. He rowed as part of a team of four on board Isabel from 5 Jun to 23 Jul 2016.
Louis Bird (UK) and Erden Erug (USA/TUR) rowed from Monterey to Hawaii, USA, in 54 days 3 hr
45 min. Their journey on board Yves lasted from 5 Jun to 29 Jul 2016, and had an average speed of 1.61 knots (2.98 km/h; 1.85 mph).
Rowing team Fight the Kraken – Vicki Otmani and Megan Biging (both USA) – covered 2,090 nautical mi (3,870 km) in 57 days 16 hr 9 min between 5 Jun and 31 Jul 2016 on board Sedna. They travelled from Monterey, California, USA, to O’ahu, Hawaii, at an average speed of 1.51 knots (2.79 km/h; 1.73 mph).
Riaan Manser and Vasti Geldenhuys (both ZAF) rowed from Monterey to O’ahu in 39 days 4 hr
46 min. They averaged a speed of 2.22 knots (4.11 km/h; 2.55 mph) between 15 Jun and 23 Aug 2016 on Honeymoon.
*1 nautical mi = 1.15 mi (1.85 km)
First person to row an ocean solo:
John Fairfax (UK) 1969: A, E>W
First person to row two oceans:
John Fairfax (UK) 1969: A, E>W 1971-72: P, E>W
First woman to row an ocean:
Sylvia Cook (UK) 1971-72: P, E>W
First person to row the Pacific solo: _
Peter Bird (UK) 1982-83: P, E>W
First person to row two oceans solo:
Gerard d’Aboville (FRA) -1980: A, W>E 1991: P, W>E
First woman to row two oceans:
Kathleen Saville (USA) 1981: A, E>W 1984-85: P, E>W
First woman to row an ocean solo:
Tori Murden (USA) 1999: A, E>W
First person to row three oceans:
Erden Erug (USA/TUR)
2006: A, E>W –
2007-10: P, E>W 2010: I, E>W
First woman to row three oceans:
Roz Savage (UK) _ 2006: A, E>W 2008-10: P, E>W 2011: I, E>W
< FIRST TEAM TO ROW THE ATLANTIC EAST TO WEST FROM EUROPE TO SOUTH AMERICA, MAINLAND TO MAINLAND
* Between 7 Feb and 28 Mar 2016, the five-man crew of Ellida -comprising Matt Bennett, Oliver Bailey, Aldo Kane, Jason Fox and Ross Johnson (all UK) – rowed 3,335 nautical mi (6,176 km) from Lagos in Portugal to Carupano in Venezuela in 50 days 10 hr 36 min. The self-styled “rogues of ocean rowing” met while serving in the UK armed forces. They set out on their epic voyage in the hope of raising £250,000 ($353,450) for a children’s charity.
First person to row two oceans in one year: —
Livar Nysted (FRO)
2013: A, E>W; I, E>W
A = Atlantic I = Indian P = Pacific E = East W = West
A OLDEST TEAM OF TWO TO ROW ANY OCEAN (COMBINED AGE)
Pat Hines (USA, b. 28 Jun 1954) and Liz Dycus (USA, b. 29 Aug 1957) rowed across the Mid-Pacific east to west at a combined age of 120 years 258 days. They crossed from Monterey in California, USA, to O’ahu, Hawaii, USA, on board Roosevelt from 5 Jun to 21 Jul 2016.
A YOUNGEST PERSON TO ROW THE ATLANTIC TWICE
Shaun Pedley (UK, b. 17 Feb 1992, above left) was aged 23 years 306 days when, on 20 Dec 2015, he started his second Atlantic row from La Gomera, Spain, to Antigua.
The youngest person to make three ocean crossings
is Angus Collins (UK, b. 21 Sep 1989, above right). He set out on his third crossing on 14 Dec 2016, aged 27 years 84 days.
► FIRST MIXED TEAM TO ROW THE ATLANTIC EAST TO WEST FROM EUROPE TO SOUTH AMERICA, MAINLAND TO MAINLAND Luke Richmond, Susannah 1
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► FIRST ALL-FEMALE CREW TO ROW THE ATLANTIC WEST TO EAST
Guin Batten, Molly Brown, Alex Holt, Mary Sutherland and Gilly Mara (all UK) rowed 2,865 nautical mi (5,306 km) from Liberty Landing Marina in New Jersey, USA, to Falmouth in Cornwall, UK, in 48 days 13 hr 49 min from 7 Jun to 26 Jul 2016 on board Liberty. The crew was selected during a “hell weekend” featuring power testing, an endurance task and an overnight trek.
A FASTEST TIME TO ROW THE ATLANTIC EAST TO WEST BY A TEAM OF FOUR
Team Latitude 35 – Jason Caldwell, Matthew Brown (both USA), Angus Collins and Alex Simpson (both UK) – rowed 2,550 nautical mi (4,722.6 km) from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to the Caribbean island of Antigua in 35 days 14 hr 3 min between 14 Dec 2016 and 19 Jan 2017. They maintained an average speed of 2.986 knots (5.53 km/h; 3.44 mph).
A OLDEST ALL-MALE PAIR TO ROW THE MID-PACIFIC
Rick Leach (USA, b. 14 Sep 1962) and Todd Bliss (USA, b. 15 Feb 1964) had a combined age of 106 years 10 days at the start of their east-to-west row from Monterey to Diamond Head in O’ahu, Hawaii, USA, on 5 Jun 2016. They completed their crossing on 29 Jul 2016, on board Row Aloha. The two men met while studying at the California State University Maritime Academy in Vallejo, USA.
< MOST OCEAN-ROWING SPEED RECORDS HELD SIMULTANEOUSLY ON DIFFERENT OCEANS
Fiann Paul (ISL, b. POL) made the fastest row across the Atlantic east to west in the
Sara G crew in 2011, and was part of the Avalon crew who made the fastest row across the Indian Ocean east to west in 2014. He set his third ocean-rowing speed record on Danielle in 2016 (see left).
On 4 May-23 Sep 2016, the Latvian duo of Karlis Bardelis and Gints Barkovskis rowed 3,112 nautical mi (5,763 km) from Luderitz in Namibia to Rio das Ostras in Brazil in 141 days 19 hr 35 min on board Linda. They are one of only two crews to have crossed the Atlantic with both start and finish points in the Southern Hemisphere. Amyr Khan Klink (BRA) became the first person to row the South Atlantic Ocean when he crossed from Namibia to Brazil on 9 Jun-18 Sep 1984.
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