The ORS Int. is the official adjudicator of ocean rowing records for Guinness World Records



Kenneth Frank Crutchlow
the Founder and the President
of the The Ocean Rowing Society Int. 1983-2016


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March 18, 1944 -  January 17, 2016

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Karlis Bardelis

Now at Sea          Maxim and Stefan Ivanov (Bulgaria)


Tez Steinberg

Milan Svetlik


  Returned / Rescued / Suspended / Lost at sea :    Angela Madsen 

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Calendar of ocean rows in   ●  2020




    Angela Madsen (USA)







Was rowing The Pacific E-W solo from Marina Del Rey, Los Angeles County, CA. USA to Honolulu HI on board Rowoflife to become the oldest woman to row an ocean solo, the first paraplegic to row an ocean solo, the only person to row on 3 oceans + to circumnavigate The Great Britain.

"With extreme sadness I must announce that Angela Madsen will not complete her solo row to Hawaii. I received her last text Saturday night. Sunday she was not responding to my text messages. When I checked the main message inbox she had not returned any messages. When I looked at the tracking it did not appear that she was rowing the boat, but rather that is was drifting. Knowing she was planning to enter the water to fix her hardware to deploy the para-anchor from the bow, I was concerned she did not text when she got back on the boat. She was about as far from any land as she could get and the communication can be a challenge, I was hopeful but still had a feeling of heaviness in my chest. Soraya contacted the US Coast Guard and explained our concern. They diverted a Cargo Ship to render aid. German registered ship, Polynesia, answered to call. They were in route to Tahiti from Oakland. They were 11-12 hours from RowofLife. In the meantime, the US Coast Guard, sent a C17 for a fly over about 8-9pm. The plane saw Angela in the water, apparently deceased, tethered to RowofLife but was unable to relay that information due to poor satellite coverage. When the Polynesia arrived about 11PM Monday night they found and recovered Angela’s body. RowofLife is adrift and we are working on its recovery. Angela is now in route to Tahiti without me, which was not our agreement.
Angela was living her dream. She loved being on the water as you could see from the photos she sent. Please be patient with me as I am not a phone person and I’m pretty overwhelmed with tasks at the moment. I am sad but ok. I never planned a life without her so be patient with me while I figure all of this out. Thank you for all your support. Angela was truly touched by your support. Thank you to the US Coast Guard and the Captain and Crew of the Polynesia."

Debra Bogan Madsen

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Left Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica at 7:50UTC on April 24, 2020

Lost at sea on June 23, 2020





   Karlis Bardelis (Latvia)




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is rowing solo across  the South Pacific E-W from South America to Asia as a rowing leg of his human powered Around the World expedition.

Started from Playa Pescadores, Lima, Peru on July 12, 2018 at 15:00UTC
After 493 days and over 11 thousand Nautical Miles  arrived to Manggar, Indonesia on May 26, 2020 at 17:45 UTC



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   Oliver Dawe-Lane, Charles Bromhead, Arthur Chatto, Harry Lidgley (all UK)






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Team Exe Endurow is going to attempt continuous and unsupported circumnavigation of Mainland Great Britain as part of Row Around Great Britain race. The departure is planned for the beginning of July, 2020



Set off down the Thames from Tower Bridge, London at 01:30UTC on July 5, 2020

Stopped for repairs on July 10, 2020




    Tez Steinberg (USA)






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is rowing the Pacific East to West solo from Monterey, California to Waikiki, Hawaii aboard Moderation.


Left Monterey at 01:00 UTC on July 3, 2020



    Maxim and Stefan Ivanov (Bulgaria)






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Are going to row the Atlantic East to West from Portumao, Portugal to Brazil on board Neverest.


Left Portumao, Portugal at 6:40 UTC on June 14, 2020
Stopped for repairs at 8:35 UTC on June 26, 2020
Resumed from Lanzerote, Canary Islands at 8:35UTC on July 5, 2020




    Milan Svetlik (USA / Czech Republic)






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is rowing the Atlantic West to East solo from New York, USA to St Mary's, Scilly Isles, UK on board Czechmate.

Left Marina NYC at 15:50UTC on May 26, 2020
returned for repairs
Left Marina NYC at UTC on June 7, 2020



Calendar of ocean rows in 2020



Peter Rhodes (UK)


is going to row solo the Atlantic West to East from Canada - from St Johns, Newfoundland to Oban, Scotland.
The departure is planned for: Postponed
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Matt Mason, Joel Mcglynn, Ian Clinton, Dom Rogers (all UK)


are going to row the Atlantic West to East from New York, USA to London, England.
The departure is planned for: Postponed
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Lia Ditton (UK)



is preparing to row The Mid-Pacific East to West, from San Francisco to Hawaii.

The departure is planned for August 5, 2020
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Stu Morton (UK)

  Olly Hicks (UK)

a former Royal Marines Commando will resume his  attempt to row the Atlantic E-W solo from Lagos, Portugal to Miami, USA on board Soma to become the first person to row from Mainland Europe to Mainland North America non-stop.
The departure is planned for December 2020

  is preparing to circumnavigate the Southern Hemisphere W - E solo. The Global Row voyage encompasses all of the world's major Oceans, covering over 18,000 nautical miles, and will take approximately 18-22 months
The departure
is planned for December 2020








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