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



                              The Ocean Rowing Society Int. - its team and its founder  >>>


It is with deep regret and sadness that we have to inform you that 
Kenneth Frank Crutchlow,
the Founder and the President of the The Ocean Rowing Society Int. since 1983 (Bio),
passed away on January 17, 2016.

The service will take place at 12:15pm on Thursday, February 4, 2016
at the City of London Cemetery and Crematorium Chapel
Aldersbrook Road
London, E12 5DQ



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Our website will  resume its normal operation by the beginning of the next week

Ocean rower, adventurer Dom Mee
finally tells the full story of his ordeal fighting the most powerful force on earth and living to tell the tale.
His book
KITING THE HURRICANE is now available online (click here for details >>> )

Recent additions to the website:

Correction to the stats "The youngest Team of 4 to row any ocean"

List of new records submitted to GWR


  Offers / Invitations

 "List of rowers who rowed an ocean / oceans twice or more" (with age at the start) has been added to the stats.

   Your additions / corrections are welcome


  ORS Int. technical team offers their service in restoring/repairing/refreshing second-hand ocean rowboats

●  Partner wanted for ocean row ! See details >>>


 Added to Sale page:

- SS4 

- Worst Case Scenario


- SFR (solo) 
- Limited Intelligence
- Black Oyster 

New price:

 - Innovation - for urgent sale


(click on the name)

Now at Sea :      Emma Mitchell,  Laura Penhaul,
Natalia Cohen and 
Meg Dyos
Levente Kovácsik &  Norbert Ádám Szabó 
James Whittle & Tom Caulfield 

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2015 

Returned / Rescued / Suspended : Martin Cruickshank & Fenella McAlister 
On Standby :            Davey du Plessis & Robyn Spence Wolff                                           
Ocean rowers/ ocean rowboats in other adventures
Calendar of ocean rows in  2015 2016 2017



   Martin Cruickshank (Croatia) & Fenella McAlister (UK)


Tracking page


Photos / About
Photos from departure

are rowing the Atlantic E-W from Sagres (extreme south-west tip of Portugal) to Barbados in their boat Fifty-Fifty.
When successful they will become the first team of brother & sister,  and Martin - the first Croatian to row an ocean.


Left Sagres, Portugal on November 23, 2015 at 13:45GMT  
On January 19, 2016 took a tow to Lanzarote. After resupply and repairs intend to restart the row across the Atlantic.



Emma Mitchell,  Laura Penhaul , Natalia Cohen and  Meg Dyos (GB)    



after having completed the second leg of their row across the Pacific E-W (1.California-Hawaii, 2.Hawaii-Samoa)  are rowing on to Australia on board Doris,  to become the first all-female crew to row across the Pacific.
For the second leg (Hawaii - Samoa)
Lizanne Van Vuuren replaced  Isabel Burnham
For the final third leg Lizanne
Van Vuuren has been replaced by Meg Dyos

Left San Francisco on April 20, 2015. Arrived to Hawaii  on July 20, 2015  after 68 days 1h 30 min at sea.

Left Hawaii on July 29 2015 . Arrived in Apia, Samoa  on Sunday, November 1, 2015 after 95 days 20hrs 39 min at sea
Left Apia, Samoa on November 9, 2015 at 21:30GMT

   James Whittle & Tom Caulfield (UK)


Tracking page


FB Team page
FB James Whittle
FB Tom Caulfield

Team The Tempest Two are rowing the Atlantic E-W from Gran Canaria to Barbados on board Deus

Left Puerto Mogan, Gran Canaria on December 18, 2015 at 15:00GMT (t.b.c.) 

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2015 Run by Atlantic Campaigns
from San Sebastian de La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain

Solo, Pairs, Fours.  (the list of entrants >>>)
Tracking page >>>

Started from San Sebastian de La Gomera on Sunday 20, 2015 at 09:00GMT



 Levente Kovácsik &  Norbert Ádám Szabó (Hungary)


Tracking page


FB Team page
FB Levente
FB Norbert

are paddling the Atlantic E-W on board ocean kayak Kele, from Spain to English Harbour, Antigua with a stop over in Gran Canaria, to become the first team of Two to complete such a voyage.

Departed from Mazagon, Spain (Gulf of Cadiz) on October 21, 2015 at 19:05GMT
  Arrived in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria on November 11, 2015 at 05:00GMT
Left Pasito Blanco, Gran Canaria on November 27, 2015 at 13:50GMT 




  Davey du Plessis & Robyn Spence Wolff (SA)     




Tracking page
FB page - Davey

are going to pedal the Atlantic Ocean E-W from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro on board custom built pedal boat Vaquita and dedicate the voyage to addressing mass extinction caused by humans. When successful, they will become the first team of Mother and Son to pedal across any ocean and the first Team of Two to cross the South Atlantic under human power
The departure is scheduled for
the beginning of December 2015 (weather permitting)

On Standby in Cape Town


For details  >>>

Elin Haf Davies (GB) - completed Stephen Harpin (GB) - completed
Mick Dawson and Steve Grenham (GB) Angelo Wilkie-Page (South Africa)
Alex Bellini (Italy)  


Calendar of ocean rows in  2015


Graham Walters (UK) 





iis getting ready to sett off to sea again. Graham has already rowed the Atlantic E-W four times (2 - in Pair and 2 - Solo), the last time - in a historic boat of David Johnstone & John Hoare - Puffin.
This time he will row a restored and re-equipped historic boat of Sidney Genders - Khaggavisana
When successful, Graham will become the oldest solo ocean rower
The departure from Gran Canaria is planned for
December 2015





Calendar of ocean rows in  2016

Stein Hoff (Norway)


James Ketchell & Anthony Thomas (UK)

is going to row  the Atlantic W-E solo on board Fox II to commemorate and honour the first ever row across an ocean by Norwegian-Americans Georg Harbo and Gabriel "Frank" Samuelsen 120 years earlier, as well as hoping to be the first Norwegian to row the Atlantic from West to East. The row will start in Battery Park, Manhattan, New York and will end in St. Mary, Scilly Isles, England.
When successful, Stein will become the oldest (71) person to row an ocean.
The departure is scheduled for Sunday, 15th May 2016 

Press article >>> 21.10.2015
Project >>>
FB page -  Stein Hoff - Atlantic Row 2016


 are going to cross the Atlantic E-W from Canary Islands to Antigua on board a pedal/rowing boat.
The departure is scheduled for
the end of January 2016
Webpage >>>



James Caple & Cindy Way (USA)


Stian Aker & Rune Malterud (Norway)


are going to row the Atlantic W-E from Massachusetts USA to Brest, France to become the first American pair and the first mixed crew (and for Cindy - the first American female) to row the Atlantic W-E.
The departure is planned for
May 22, 2016


Norwegian adventurers (winners of the First Race to South Pole 2008/099) plan to row the Atlantic W-E from New York, USA to England, retracing the route of Harbo&Samuelsen,  on board a purpose-built boat in less than 55 days.
The departure is scheduled for June 6,  2016


Mary Rose (Australia) 


Andras Bakos (Hungary) &
 Erik Harrewijn (NZ)

will undertake her second attempt to row solo along the route Mid-Pacific East to West, this time from San Diego to Honolulu on board Dipper. The row will begin from San Diegos Mission Bay Harbour
Press article
Press article
  intend to row the Atlantic W-E from New York to Paris non-stop on board a trimaran style ocean rowboat Samson. The departure is planned for Summer 2016

Run by New Ocean Wave
Pairs and Fours
from Monterey, California
to Diamond Head, Oahu, Hawaii
Start is scheduled for June 2016


Jacob Adoram (USA) 


Scott Butler (UK) 

intends to row the Pacific E-W solo in a purpose built ocean rowboat (currently under construction) from Washington State to Northeast Australia.
The departure is planned for Summer 2016


s going to complete his journey from UK to the summit of Elbrus, which consists of 1800 mile cycle ride through Europe to the Western coast of the Black Sea (Burgas, Bulgaria), a solo row of 750 miles across the Black Sea to the far reaches of the Eastern coast (Batumi, Georgia), a bicycle ride of couple of hundred miles to the base of Mount Elbrus and finally - climbing the highest mountain in Europe.
He had finished his cycling leg in Bulgaria but had to postpone the start of the sea journey until the next year.
The departure is planned for
June 2016


Joseph Gagnon,
Jean Gagnon,  

Monika Gagnon (CAN)


Olly Hicks (GB)

Joseph in team with his father Jean and aunt Monika intend to set on three expeditions:
rowing 800 miles down the St. Lawrence River - team of Three, Summer 2016;
rowing across the North Atlantic W-E from Canada to France.- team of Three, Summer 2017;
rowing across the North Atlantic W-E from Canada to France solo - Joseph, Summer 2018


is preparing to row around the globe W - E solo and unsupported. 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 from Tasmania is planned for October 2016


Peter Van Kets & Braam Malherbe  (SA)


Grant Axe Rawlinson (New Zealand)
Alan Silva (Australia)

 will be rowing across the South Atlantic Ocean on board Spirit of Madiba from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro during the next Cape to Rio yacht race, starting at the end of December 2016
When successful, they will become the first Pair to row the South Atlantic and the first Pair to row from mainland Africa to mainland South America

Peter Van Kets >>>

FB Braam Maherba >>>


are planning a Human Powered expedition "Rowing Home", which will include rowing from Singapore to Darwin (2600 miles), cycling from Darwin to Sydney and rowing across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand (1300 miles).
The departure is scheduled for
December 2016
FB page >>>


Calendar of ocean rows in  2017

Charlie Martell  (GB)



is going to undertake another attempt to row across the Pacific W-E solo, from Choshi, Japan to San Francisco on board Blossom
The departure is planned for Summer 2017
News article
>>>  9.04.2015










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