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20052004 2003 •  2002 •  2001 2000 1999-97


Arrivals in 2017:
(click on the name)

 Romuald Kopersky
 József Orha
 Martin Cruickshank & Fenella McAlister
 Graham Walters

 Mike Burton
 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

 Grant 'Axe' Rawlinson (NZ) & Charlie   Smith
Ralph Tiujn , Niall Bates , Clement Mas & Colin Blears

Ted Welman & Jack Faulkner

Malcolm Skelton

Braam  Malherbe & Wayne Robertson

 Callum McDonald

Joseph Gagnon & Brian Conville

Leo & Dan Foster, Oli Buck, Luke Taster

Angus Collins,  Laura Try , Lesley Foden

Team Polar Row

Duncan Tebb , Rhys Deane, Jeremy Webb &  Nigel Le Cassick


 Duncan Tebb (Australia), Rhys Deane, Jeremy Webb &  Nigel Le Cassick  (all UK) 



Days : hours : minutes : seconds
38 : 03 : 03 : 00
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-Team of Four Island Voyagers have completed the Row Around the UK from Southampton to Southampton on board All Relative

Departed from Southampton on July 8, 2017 at 13:00GMT
Arrived to Southampton on August 15, 2017 at 16:03GMT (17:03BST)
Statistics of Rows Around Britain



   S÷ren Kjellkvist & Glenn Mattsing (Sweden)




Days : hours : minutes : seconds
18 : 23 : 13 : 00
FB page Glenn
FB page - S÷ren

have completed their row from Norway to archipelago Svalbard, from Troms°, Norway to Longyearbyen,  on board ocean rowboat Albedo,                                                                       

Left Tromso, Norway  at 19:52GMT on July 19, 2017

Arrived to Barentsburg, Svalbard at 19:05GMT, August 7, 2017

August 9, 2017: "The sea ice in the north is closing the passage by Nordostlandet. We are not able to row around Svalbard this year so we have decided to pause the expedition in Longyearbyen and come back next year."

Congratulations on becoming
the First (recorded) Pair to Row the Arctic Ocean Open Waters from South to North,
and on reaching the Northernmost Latitude a Pair ever have rowed to
Rows Above the Arctic Circle


 Fiann Paul (IS),  Tathagata Roy (IN),  Jeff Willis (UK),
Carlo Facchino (USA), Tor Wigum (NOR)


    Days : hours : minutes : seconds
07 : 06 : 49 : 00

512 miles (445 nm)(824 km)
Average speed - 2.557 Knots


  Toatal from Tromso to Longyearbyen
: hours : minutes : seconds
09 : 23 : 26 : 00
600 miles (521 nm)(965 km)
Average speed 2.18 knots



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Team of Five have completed their row from Tromso, mainland Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard 

Departed from Tromso, Norway at 7:30GMT on July 20, 2017
Reached Hornsund, Svalbard and stopped over on July 27, 2017 at 14:19GMT
Resumed their row northbound on July 28, 2017 at 18:40GMT and
landed in
Longyearbyen on July 30, 2017 at 6:56GMT

Congratulations to the crew on the following records:

On July 30, 2017 Polar Row Team reached 78░ 15'20''N -
the Northernmost (recorded) latitude reached by a rowing vessel
They broke the record of Eugene Smurgis, that stood for 27 years
( Chelyuskin Cape,  26.08.90 - 77░ 44'N )

The First Recorded Row Across The Barents Sea S-N - The Arctic Ocean Open Waters from South to North;
The First Recorded Team of Five to row the Arctic Ocean Open Waters;
The Biggest Recorded Number of People on the Team to Row the Arctic Ocean Open Waters;
The Fastest Recorded Row above the Arctic Circle.

Congratulations to Fiann Paul  on becoming
The First Person to Row on Four Oceans
and the only person to hold current speed records on all four oceans



NOMAN Row to End HPV

Barcelona to Ibiza and Ibiza to Barcelona
July 2017
Run by New Ocean Wave



  Angus Collins (skipper), Laura Try , Lesley Foden (all UK)
  + other rowers
joining   for 1 ľ 3 legs each


Homepage of Laura Try

Homepage of Lesley Foden
team of 5 (on each leg) are rowing around the coast of Great Britain from Burnham-on-Crouch on board Lionheart. Rowing in a clockwise direction, the team will complete the journey in 8 legs.        

Departed from Burnham-on-Crouch at 13:00UTC (14:00BST) on June 3,  2017

Completed their row iin Scarborough at 8:00GMT, July 26, 2017




  Leo & Dan Foster, Oli Buck, Luke Taster (all UK)


Days : hours : minutes : seconds
59 : 12 : 02 : 50
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Team of Four The Common Oars have rowed  Around GB clockwise from The Tower Bridge to Tower Bridge on board Sic Parvis Magna 

Started the row from The Tower Bridge, London on Saturday,  May 27,  2017 at 14:00GMT

Arrived to The Tower Bridge, London on July 26, 2017 at 02:02GMT
Statistics of Rows Around Britain



  Joseph Gagnon(CAN) & Brian Conville (Ireland)



 Days : hours : minutes : seconds
38 : 00 : 00 : 00
FB page
News article  21.07

made an attempt to row the North Atlantic W-E from Newfoundland, Canada to Ireland on board ╔velyne. When successful, they would become the first Pair to row the Atlantic W-E from Canada and the First Modern Days Pair  to row the Atlantic W-E to Ireland (The First Historic Pair to row to Ireland were  John Ridgway & Chay Blyth. 1966). They as well would become the Youngest Pair , and Joseph - the youngest male to row the Atlantic in this direction

A year later Joseph will be rowing across the North Atlantic W-E from Canada to France solo, Summer 2018

Left St.John's, Newfoundland on 13 June 2017 at 12:00UTC

At approx. 10:30am on July 21, 2017 IRCG received a distress signal from the boat of the rowers, whose boat had capsized.
Early afternoon both rowers  were  airlifted and brought to a hospital 
For details >>>



  Callum McDonald   (UK)



 Days : hours : minutes : seconds
04 : 00 : 00 : 00
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undertook an attempt to row solo Around GB clockwise non-stop to become the first person to row  this route solo.
 Departed from Whitehaven Harbour at 14:00MT (15:00BST) on May 26,  2017

Returned to land on May 30,  2017


  Braam  Malherbe & Wayne Robertson  (SA)



 Days : hours : minutes : seconds
79 : 14 : 00 : 00

 Days : hours : minutes : seconds
89 : 00 : 00 : 00
FB Braam Malherbe >>>

have completed their row across the South Atlantic Ocean on board Mhondoro from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro .

Left Cape Town on February 7, 2017 at 8:00GMT (10:00SAST)
Officially completed the crossing of the Atlantic  near Ubu, Espirito Santo, Brazil on April 27, 2017 at 22:00GMT (t.b.c.)
Left Ubu on May 3, 2017
Finished the row at
ArmašŃo dos B˙zios, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 7, 2017 (time t.b.c.)
Ocean Rows from / to/ in Southern Hemisphere


 Ted Welman & Jack Faulkner (UK)



 Days : hours : minutes : seconds
56 : 23 : 45 : 00 
FB page

- two doctors have rowed the Indian Ocean E-W from Geraldton, WA. to Mauritius as a team Doctors Adrift in a bid to break the current speed record for Pairs on this route of 85 days 2 hrs 05 min.

Set off from Geraldton Marina, WA. on March 16, 2017 at 6:30GMT (14:30 AWST - local time)  
Arrived to Grande Riviere Noir, Mauritius on May 12, 2017 at 6:15GMT

Congratulations on the new Speed Record -
The Fastest Pair to row the Indian Ocean!

Indian Ocean Rows

 Ralph Tiujn (Skipper. NL), Niall Bates (Ireland), Clement Mas (France) & Colin Blears (Australia)



 Days : hours : minutes : seconds
48 : 04 : 53 : 00

Pics of departure

Four nation team have rowed the Atlantic E-W from Europe to South America, from Portugal to French Guiana, Cayenne on board Rose, in a bid to break the current speed record for this route, which is 50 days 10 hrs 36min

Left Portimao, Portugal on March 6, 2017 at 9:50GMT 
Landed at Boat Ramp on Mahury River, French Guina on April 23, 2017 at 14:43GMT
Atlantic E-W Rows from Europe Atlantic E-W Rows to Americas


  Malcolm  Skelton (Australia)



Days : hours : minutes : seconds
10 : 00 : 00 : 00
FB page

undertook an attempt to row  the Tasman Sea from Coffs Harbour, Australia to New Plymouth, New Zealand. on board Sara J

Set off from Coffs Harbour, NSW on April 11, 2017
Row finished on April 22, 2017 due to unfavorable weather conditions, 300 km out, East of Kiama, NSW
Rower was rescued, but the boat had to be abandoned
Ocean Rows to/from Australia and New Zealand


   Grant 'Axe' Rawlinson (NZ) & Charlie Smith (GB)



Days : hours : minutes : seconds
77 : 00 : 00 : 00
Photo album
FB page

Grant is undertaking a Human Powered expedition "Rowing Home" -  from his current home in Singapore to his birthplace in Taranaki New Zealand, which  includes rowing from Singapore to Darwin (2600 miles), cycling from Darwin to Sydney and rowing across the Tasman Sea to New Zealand (1300 miles). on board his ocean rowboat Simpson's Donkey

UK-born Singapore-based Charlie Smith have joined Grant in rowing from Singapore to Darwin, Australia.

Set off from Singapore on 3 January 2017
Reached the safety of the crocodile-infested Darwin harbour on 21 March 2017 at 12:00
Ocean Rows to/from Australia and New Zealand



   Mike Burton (UK) 



Days : hours : minutes : seconds
60 : 04 : 40 : 00

Rowed the Atlantic E-W in pairs with Tom Salt (2013/14),  has completed the Atlantic E-W solo  row from Gran Canaria to Antigua on board Storm Petrel built by Global Boat works.

 Set off from Puerto Rico Marina, Gran Canaria on January 10, 2017 at 9:00GMT
Arrived to Antigua at 13:40GMT on March 11, 2017
Stats of Atlantic E-W Solo Rows


   Graham Walters (UK)



Days : hours : minutes : seconds
02 : 00 : 00 : 00

made an attempt to row the Atlantic E-W for the fifth time (the third time solo) on board a historic boat of Sidney Genders Khaggavisana (the first and only row from mainland Britain to Miami, USA.1969) to become the oldest person (69) to row any ocean solo and the only one to row the Atlantic E-W solo three times.

Left Puerto Mogan, Gran Canaria  on February 18, 2017 at 10:00GMT
Rescued, air-lifted on February 20, 2017

For details >>>


   Martin Cruickshank (Croatia) & Fenella McAlister (UK)


ORS tracking page

Days : hours : minutes : seconds
72 : 05 : 30 : 00
YB tracking  (If you don't see the whole route, click on the Fifty-Fifty button at the left top corner and choose All Time option)
Photos / About

In 2015 undertook an attempt to row the Atlantic E-W from Sagres, Portugal to Barbados on board Fifty-Fifty. Due to adverse weather made a stop on the Canaries. In 2016 resumed their row across the Atlantic E-W from Gran Canaria 
When successful they would become the first team of brother & sister,  and Martin - the first Croatian to row an ocean.

Departed from  Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria at 10:00GMT on November 29, 2016 
 On February 9, 2017 were picked up by a cargo ship Glyfada. Destination - Gibraltar. ETA - 18th February  

   József  Orha (Hungary)



Days : hours : minutes : seconds
50 : 09 : 17 : 00

has rowed a leg of the Atlantic E-W solo from Lagos, Portugal to Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, on his way to Antigua  on board a custom-built 6.9 m long boat Spartan. The boat was built by Hungarian ocean rower and creator of Fire Ant - Gábor Rakonczay

Left  Lagos, Portugal on December 11, 2016 at 11:00GMT
Stopped over in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria on January 24 2017 at 20:17GMT

Intends to resume his row in Autumn 2017


12 crews started their row at/after 9:30GMT on December 14, 2016

  Race entrants 

  Race tracker

La Gomera, Canary Islands - Antigua, Antigua & Barbuda


LATITUDE 35 Jason Caldwell &
Matthew Brown (USA),
 Angus Collins &
Alex Simpson (UK)
19 Jan 2017 01:03 GMT 35 days 14 hrs 3 min
Average speed
2.986 knots
The fastest Four to row the Atlantic E-W
ROW FOR JAMES Rory Buchanan,
Harry Wentworth-Stanley,
Toby Fenwicke-Clennell &
Sam Greenly (UK)
22 Jan 2017 16:15 GMT 39 days, 4 hrs 14 min
Average speed
2.71 knots
SOULO GAV Gavan Hennigan Concept
01 Feb 2017 23:52 GMT 49 days, 11 hrs 37 min  
AMERICAN OARSMEN Mike Matson,David Alviar,
Brian Krauskopf
02 Feb 2017 01:59 GMT 49 days, 14 hrs 4 min 1. The First Trio to row the Atlantic;
2. The Fastest Trio to row the Atlantic E-W
FACING IT Stuart Connacher,Charl Gale,
Wayne Johnson
Classic Trio 03 Feb 2017 12:43 GMT 51 days, 1hr 8min t.b.c.. The fastest Trio in classic category to row the Atlantic E-W
Azud Irshad
Classic Pair 03 Feb 2017 23:36 GMT 51 days, 11 hrs t.b.c.  
A-ADVENTURES Andy Styles, Andrew Cameron, Andy Sacker Classic Trio 05 Feb 2017 14:08 GMT 53 days, 3 hrs t.b.c.  
ATLANTIC ENDEAVOUR Sarah Hornby, Kate Hallam, Becky Charlton,
Charlie Best
Concept Four 08 Feb 2017 01:04 GMT 55 days, 13 hrs 34min  
HOPLEY Elaine Hopley Concept Solo 12 Feb 2017 07:23 GMT 59 days 19hrs 14 min The first female to row the Atlantic E-W in an open-class Solo
32 NORTH John & Kurt Schwartz Concept Pair 3 March 2017 20:43GMT 79 days 11hrs t.b.c.  
ROWERS ARK Daryl Farmer Classic Solo 21 March 2017 01:20GMT 96 days 13 hrs  


  Romuald Koperski (Poland)



Days : hours : minutes : seconds
77 : 04 : 20 : 00
FB page / blog

has completed his row across the Atlantic E-W solo from the Canaries to the Caribbean Islands on board Pianist. This row was planned to be followed by a future row across the Pacific Ocean W-E, from Japan to the North American coast.

Departed from Las Gallatas, Tenerife on October 31, 2016 at 14:50GMT
Arrived to Scarborough, Tobago (Trinidad and Tobago)  on January 16, 2017 at 19:10UTC 

Congratulations on becoming the First Polish to row any ocean !










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