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Rows in 2007:

Rames Guyane 
Charles Hedrich

Viktor Gavrishev
Atlantic Quest
Stu Turnbull & Ed Baylis
Wendel Rontgen & Gijs Koning

Olivier Bertonnier and Bruno Froideval
Gábor Rakonczai & Andrea Pálos
Andreu Mateu
Graham Walters

Erden Eruc
Bhavik Gandhi incomplete 2007
Bhavik Gandhi  completed 2007
Andy Clark & Weston Miller
Charlie Girard 1 2

Glenn Edwards & John Williams
Sergey & Alexander Sinelnik
Roz Savage

Ralph Tuijn
La Mondiale
ORCA

Oyster Shack
Peter Raab & Tim Wilks
Frederic Blond
Atlantic Rowing Race 2007

Click here to go to "Bulletin board 2007" page >>>

 


Woodvale Challenge Atlantic Rowing Race 2007 La Gomera - Antigua

  Started at 12:00GMT December 2 2007  >>>
Finished at 19:37GMT February 17 2008
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Photos of the arrivals   >>> 29.01.08

 

 Frederic Blond (France)

     

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has rowed the Atlantic solo E-W from Gran Canaria to Guadeloupe on board "Lune de Mer". This crossing was to support the association   " L' њuvre des Pupilles des sapeurs-pompiers ", which in everyday life helps children from the  families, where one of the parents died during a mission of help.
 

Left Pacito Blanco, Gran Canaria on December 11 2007 at 8:30GMT
Arrived in Pointe-a-Pitre at Guadeloupe on February 16th 2008 at 23:00GMT (t.b.c.)

 

  Peter Raab (Germany) & Tim Wilks (GB)

     

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 rowed the Atlantic E-W  from Puerto Colon, Tenerife to Antigua in the boat Martha Dos.  Peter has become the first German to row any ocean.

   Left Puerto Colon, Tenerife at 11:00GMT, December 8th 2007
Arrived at  English Harbour on February 5 2008 at 14:30GMT (10:30 local time)
(quoting Peter's wife Claudine, a witness of the arrival) - ''very happy, healthy and walking like drunk''

 

Positions of the team in comparison to the entrants in the Atlantic Rowing Race that started 6 days prior to Martha Dos' departure >>>   04.02.08 

 

THE MAJOR OCEAN ROWING RECORD ATTEMPT  IN THE LAST 16 YEARS -
RACE FOR THE OCEAN ROWING BLUE RIBAND TROPHY
OF THE FASTEST ROW ACROSS THE ATLANTIC EAST-WEST FROM THE CANARIES TO CARIBBEAN  -
La Mondiale UK/Ireland, ORCA, Oyster Shack

 

Simon Chalk, Ben Thackwray, Mike Martin, George Oliver, Ian Couch  (GB)

     

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On Jan 23 team Oyster Shack   rowed 102 (statute) miles in 24 hours
Since the first 'Woodvale Four ' in 2004 this is the first time that this class boat has done
more than 100 statute miles  in 24 hours.

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started with the stated intention to break the longest standing ocean rowing record across the Atlantic E - W set by French team La Mondiale in 1992. On January 17th 2008 team La Mondiale UK/Ireland set a new record for fastest row across the Atlantic E-W from the Canaries to Caribbean - 33 days 7 hours 30 min.  Oyster Shack  became the first team of five to row an ocean.

Left San Sebastian, La Gomera  on December 23 2007 at 12:05GMT

Landed at the Nelson Dockyard of English Harbour, Antigua at 17:55GMT Jan 29 2008

Positions and speed of Oyster Shack in comparison with La Mondiale UK/Ireland (2008), La Mondiale France (1992), ORCA, Queensgate (2004), All Relative (2005) and Atlantic Quest (2007)  >>>

Letter from Kenneth F.Crutchlow, Executive Director of the Ocean Rowing Society,
to Captains of La Mondiale,  Oyster Shack and ORCA  
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Transatlantic World Record Rowing Race starts today!   >>> 15.12.2007

  La Mondiale (GB & Republic of Ireland)

     


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 British/Irish team of Peter Donaldson, Mike Tooth, Julian Barnwell, Reinhardt von Hof, Ray Carroll, Charlie Taylor, Stuart Kershaw, Don Lennox, Oliver Dudley, Rob Loder-Symonds, Peter Luard, Jamie Walker & Dr. Liam Hughes, led by ocean rower  Leven Brown of  Ocean Rowing Events rowed across the Atlantic', from Gran Canaria, Canary Islands to Port St Charles, Barbados.
''La Mondiale''
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the French ocean rowboat that for sixteen years (since 1992) has held the ocean rowing record for the fastest crossing time of the Atlantic (35 days 8h 30 min), was refurbished by ORS Int. technical team before setting to sea again.
La Mondiale was racing team of ORCA  for the title of the fastest ocean rowboat to row across the Atlantic East - West along the classic Trade Winds Route (Canaries to Caribbean's) .                                          

 Left Puerto Mogan, Gran Canaria on December 15 2007 at 13:05GMT
 LANDED AT PORT ST CHARLES  AT 20:35GMT JANUARY 17 2008

NEW WORLD RECORD - 33 DAYS 7HOURS 30MIN
 

Congratulations from The Prime Minister to team La Mondiale 

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Letter of congratulations from the President of Ireland
                  to Peter Donaldson and the crew of La Mondiale
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Dec 21 - Dec 30 La Mondiale became the first ocean rowboat to make  100+ miles per day for 9 days in a row (verified by Argos data).
Jan 2nd - Jan 3rd La Mondiale set a new 24 hour distance record - 117 miles (189 km) (102 nautical miles)


Positions and speed of La Mondiale in comparison with Oyster Shack, All Relative (2005) and Atlantic Quest (2007)  >>>
 

Updates from Barbados >>> 17.01.08
Letter from Erden Eruc >>>  17.01.08
Letter from Gérard Seibel,  Captain of La Mondiale 1 (France, 1992) >>>
 


Statement of the ORS Int. re the time of ORCA's arrival  >>>


Denis Richardson, Roy Finlay, Chris Cuddihy and Ronnie Desiderio (USA)

     

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American crew led by Roy Finlay  rowed from Puerto Mogan, Gran Canaria, Canary Islands to Port St Charles, Barbados, racing La Mondiale - the fastest ocean rowboat in the world, a title La Mondiale - France (1992)  held for 16 years and La Mondiale UK/Ireland (2007-8) confirmed on January 17th 2008.  Of a fast and lightweight design,  Orca  became the first multihull to have been rowed across an ocean.

Left Puerto Mogan, Gran Canaria on December 15 2007 at 13:05GMT
Arrived in Barbados on Jan 20th 2008 at 14:14GMT (10:14 local time)
Rowed in Port St Charles at 19:45GMT (15:45 local time)
Became the first multihull ocean rowboat to row across an ocean
 

Barbados, Jan 20 2008  From Thomas Herbert, CEO of Port St Charles (re arrival of ORCA) >>>


On December 24-25 team ORCA reported to have rowed
114 miles in 23 1/2 hours (t.b.c.).

Dec 23 2007 - Jan 1 2008 -
100+ miles per day for 9 days in a row (t.b.c.)

 

 

  Ralph Tuijn (Netherlands)

     

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 is rowing  the Pacific E-W solo from Callao, Peru to Cairns, Australia in the boat Zeeman Challenger

Left Callao, Peru on March 14th 2007 at 18:00GMT 13:00 local time
Landed (washed ashore) on the southwest tip of the
Atafu Atoll, on the Tokelau Atolls (The Union Islands) on August 25 2007

The row is recognized as a completed Mid-Pacific row land to land.

With the help of the local canoe-builders Ralph has managed to repair Zeeman Ocean Challenger
and to set out to sea again
Left Atafu Atoll on Friday, October 19th 2007 at 20:00GMT (10am local time)

On November 27 2007 Tuijn was towed for Fiji, where he docked his vessel, before returning next year to complete the journey to Brisbane.


 

Sea Trial of Le Mondiale

October 6th 2007, 19:30BST
From James 'Tiny' Little on Board support vessel 'Dornoch'

Due to necessity of returning to work on Monday, crew of  ''La Mondiale'' decided to complete the sea trial.
At 15:00GMT (16:00BST) on October 6th 2007, being highly satisfied with the results of sea trial
(today at some points the boat was making progress over 7knots !) they called it a day and took a tow to proceed to Lowestoft where she will be made ready for ocean crossing. Everybody is happy and right now are having a hearty meal.
Click here to see photos of the sea trial >>>

Left Leith (Edinburgh) on October 4th 2007 at 07:37BST (06:37GMT). >>>
Finished the row on October 6th 15:00GMT.
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  Roz Savage (GB)

     

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Following her successful crossing of the Atlantic in 2006, Roz Savage was bidding to be the first woman  to row across the Pacific Ocean solo in  3 stages in her boat Brocade

Left  the guest dock in the harbour of Crescent City, California (on the Oregon border)
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13.49GMT (6.49PDT) on Sunday, August 12th 2007

August 24th 2007 ''Roz was rescued by the United States Coast Guard at 20.30PDT (3.30GMT)  >>>   

August  28th 2007.  Roz left San Francisco on board Expedition ship White Holly in hope to retrieve her boat.
August 29th 2007. Roz reported ''We found her !''  

According to Roz's weblog she has decided to abandon this year's attempt  and will restart next year.

 

  Sergey & Alexandre Sinelnik  (Russia)

     

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Twin-brothers were on standby in Carnarvon, WA with an intention to undertake the second attempt to row  the Indian Ocean from Australia to Mascarene Islands (Mauritius or Reunion, t.b.c.) in their boat "Rus", ancient for 'Russia' . In May 2005 they were forced to stop their first attempt due to watermaker failure and were rescued after 24 days at sea.


Difficulties in importing freeze-dried food into Australia caused crucial delay and eventual loss of the acceptable weather window for the departure.  The twins took advice of ORS Int. and in the interest of safety decided to delay their row until next year. They have stored their boat and equipment in Carnarvon, WA (courtesy of Susie and Toby Williams) and will return for the departure in
April 2008

 

 


  Glenn Edwards (Canada) & John Williams (GB)

     

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were rowing  across the Indian Ocean from Fremantle, WA to Mauritius - distance, as the crow flies, of 3667 miles (5901 km) (3187 nautical miles)  John Williams, who rowed the Atlantic E-W with Mick Burke in the 2003 , has teamed up with Canadian Glenn Edwards. They were rowing in boat formally known as ‘Atlantic Warrior'.

After 89 days at sea, on June 22, Glenn Edwards left the row boat for personal reasons, he was picked up by a passing ship DAIO ANDES . John Williams has decided to continue alone and to change the destination for Rodriguez Island

Rodriguez Island, July 9th 2007
It has been arranged for a local boat to go out  at 10pm (local time), locate John Williams and give him tow back to the island. This decision was made as he continued to get pushed North making unassisted landing on the Island  impossible  >>>

Left Fremantle on March 24th 2007 at 12:45GMT (9:45pm local time)
Arrived on Rodriguez Island at  10:15GMT,  July 10 2007


 

 Charlie Girard (France)

     

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was attempting to row the Atlantic West to East from Orleans Yacht club in Orleans (USA) to Vendйe (France).

Left Orleans on Wednesday,  July 04, 2007 at 19:20 GMT ( 15:20 local time)
On July 6 2007 Charlie was rescued by US Coast Guard helicopter.
See details >>>    Watch the video of the rescue - click here (credit to Boston.com)

We are pleased to inform that the boat Caliste was recovered early morning July 11 2007
and towed to Gloucester, Ma.
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 Charlie Girard (France)

     

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is attempting to row the Atlantic West to East from Orleans Yacht club in Orleans (USA) to Vendйe (France).
The goal is to follow a technological and scientific way to prepare the adventure and to try to beat the record. Will not try to set a new record 'land to land', but intends to cross the Ouessant meridian in less than 62 days

Left Orleans on Saturday,  June 30th at 17:50 GMT ( 13:50 local time)
Returned for repairs later afternoon. The restart day t.b.a.

 

 


 Andy Clark (GB) & Weston Miller (USA)

     

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Over the weekend June 23 - 24 a crew member of Sevenoaks Weston Miller decided not to go at sea and  the crew is now down to one.
Andy Clark informs that he is "wrestling with the biggest decision of his life" as to whether or not to go it alone and to change both the departure and the intended finish points.
 

Team Sevenoaks attempted to row unaided from New York Harbour to Falmouth, England.
Started their crossing on Saturday, June 16 2007, but returned to the marina on Sunday, June 17 2007 due to power failure, luckily they didn't make it out into the ocean, so were able to make a speedy return for repairs.


 

   Bhavik Gandhi (India)

     

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has attempted to be the first Asian to row solo across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to Antigua in the boat 'Miss Olive'

Left La Restinga de El Hierro at 13.15GMT  February 28th 2007

Arrived at Jabberwock Beach, Antigua on June 14th 2007 at 22:36GMT (17:36 local time).

 Congratulations on becoming the First Asian to row an ocean solo and the first Indian to row any ocean!
 


 

   Erden Eruç (Turkey)

     

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planned to row the Pacific Ocean E-W solo, an estimated 6.700 nautical miles from San Francisco to Australia.

Left from Corinthian Yacht Club in Tiburon, San Francisco Bay on June 5, 2007 at 01:57GMT  (June 4, 2007 at 18:57PST)
Due to adverse winds returned to the start point,

Undertook the second attempt to leave on June 14th, 2007 at 8:30GMT (1:30am PST).
Due to adverse winds returned to the start point:

at 3:00 am "tied his boat to the windward side of the dock and stepped off.” Read the details >>>


 

   Graham Walters (GB)

     

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has rowed the historic ocean rowboat  Puffin from La Gomera to St Jean, St Barts. The row was intended to recognize the contribution of David Johnstone & John Hoare to modern day oceanrowing. It will be  on June the 3rd 2007 41 years ago to the day since the Puffin was the first ocean row to depart in 20th century to attempt an ocean crossing.

Left San Sebastian de La Gomera at 9:55GMT February 3rd 2007

May 13 2007 at 18:33GMT
Graham successfully completed his fourth row across the Atlantic E - W by having landed in St Jean Bay of St Barts

It's a record of rowing the smallest ocean rowboat land to land
 

Dear Kenneth,
David Johnstone's brother and family are delighted at the news that Graham has succeeded in the incredible feat of rowing Puffin across the Atlantic. Of course it is a pity that it took forty years but we can't have everything!  David Johnstone would have liked Graham, and he would have been mightily pleased to know that Puffin had it in her after all. 
As a family we now hope that a maritime museum somewhere in the world would now like to have Puffin on permanent display as a tribute to the determination of the three men who believed it was possible.
Congratulations!

James Johnstone and family

 

Flowers at the Memorial for Ocean Rowers lost at sea.  Kilkee, May 14 2007 >>>

 


A.B.S.A.R.
Press Release concerning Atlantic Rowing Vessel “Puffin”.
Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda, May 12 2007
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Funds raised by The Puffin Transatlantic Row 1966-2006 will be collected by
the British Red Cross London Emergency Response Appeal.
 It is hoped that 45.000GBP  can be raised
to buy an
Ambulance for the London operations of the British Red Cross to be named "Puffin'.

To make a donation please click here

 

In memory of the crew of Puffin,  David Johnstone and John Hoare,
who were lost at sea in 1966 during the first attempt
to row an ocean in the 20th century,
 all teams that departed from La Gomera in December 2006 - February 2007 were each displaying
the Puffin logo
as a sign of respect for Johnstone & Hoare -
two brave and daring men who followed their dream


 

     Andreu Mateu (Spain)

     

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has rowed  solo across  the Atlantic East to West - from La Gomera, Canary Islands to  Martinique, West Indies, in the boat Isidoro Arias.

Left San Sebastian at 11:40GMT on December 2nd 2006
 
March 7th 2007 Andreu called ORS Int HQ and informed that at 10:00GMT he stopped on a small islet of Cabrits off Martinique. He intends to ceremoniously row in Fort-de-France on March 8th, when his family and friends are there to greet him
Congratulations to the first Spanish solo ocean rower!


 

Gábor Rakonczai & Andrea Pálos(Hungary)

     

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are rowing the Atlantic E-W from Rota, mainland Spain to Antigua. The idea, the design and the building of the boat is their own work.

Left Rota, Spain at 9:00GMT on November 27th 2006
arrived to Gran Canaria on December 23rd at 16:30GMT  >>>
Departed from Pacito Blanco, Gran Canaria at 5:30GMT on January 9th 2007
Landed in English Harbour of Antigua on March 1st 2007 at 11:40GMT (7:40 local time)
 

The Fastest Mixed Pair on Trade Winds I Route

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Olivier Bertonnier and Bruno Froideval (France)

     

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have rowed the Atlantic E-W from Pacito Blanco, Gran Canaria to Guadeloupe, West Indies in their boat "Oceanite"

Departed from Pacito Blanco at 6:45GMT on Sunday, January 7th 2007
Landed in marina de Pointe à Pitre, Guadeloupe at 21:00GMT February 27th 2007


 

    Ed Baylis & Stu Turnbull (GB)

     

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team Atlantic '06  in the boat "Memory of Zayed" have rowed the Atlantic E-W, from La Gomera to Antigua, in support of Cancer Research  Charity UK          

Left San Sebastian de La Gomera at 08:35GMT December 20th 2006

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Landed in English Harbour, Antigua at 21:21GMT (17:21 local time) on February 21st 2007.

Click here to see photos from Antigua >>>   24.02.07


 

Wendel Rontgen and  Gijs Koning   (Netherlands)

     

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have rowed the Atlantic E - W from Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria to Antigua. Became the first ocean rowing team to re-supply another ocean rowboat at sea

Departed from Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria at 20:00GMT on December 20th 2006

"Mission accomplished" -  Bravo,  team "Optiver" !!!

Landed in English Harbour of Antigua at 22:37GMT (18:37 local time)
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Dom Mee, Peter Bird, Ed James, Tom Rendell (GB)

     

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Ocean Four Atlantic Quest  have rowed from La Palma, Canary Islands to Barbados. They were hoping to break the current record held by  French team "La Mondiale" since 1992, which still stands at 35 days eight hours.

Left Porto Tazacorte, La Palma at 10:06GMT January 14th 2007

Update from Thomas Herbert, CEO of Port St Charles, Barbados 19 February 2007 23:46:49  >>>  

On 19 February 2007 23:46:49 (14:09 local time) the team landed at Archers Bay, Barbados, one mile West from the North Point,
then took a tow to Bridgetown where moored their boat at 20:00GMT (16:00 local time)


 

   Bhavik Gandhi (India)

     

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is attempting to be the first Asian to row solo across the Atlantic from La Gomera to Antigua in the boat 'Miss Olive'

Left San Sebastian de La Gomera 11.55GMT  February 12th 2007

On Feb 18th returned to San Sebastian for repairs.


 

   Victor Gavrishev  (Kyrgyzstan) 

     

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After being forced to return to port along with Bhavik Gandhi and Graham Walters, Victor has to delay the start of his row until January 2008


 

   Charles Hedrich (France) 

     

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rowed the Atlantic East-West solo from Dakar, Senegal to Brazil in the boat "Respectons la Terre" (Respect the Earth), formerly 'Lady Bird' or 'Somewhere' of Emmanuel Coindre. The distance of 2396 miles (3856 km) (2082 nautical miles)

Left Dakar December 18th 2006 at 8:48GMT
Landed on the Northern shore of the Amazon River on January 23rd 2007 at 15:25GMT
Set the record time for rowing the Atlantic East-West along the route Trade Winds 2

 

 

Race of 15 solo ocean rowboats across the Atlantic E to W
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Saint Louis, Senegal to  Saint Laurent,  French Guyana .

  Français Duration of the race
59 days 10 hours
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Started on  November 19th 2006 at 10:00GMT
Finished on January 18th 2007 at 20:00GMT
 

List of entrants >>>  'Prologue'  and introduction of the competitors   in Saint-Martin-de-Ré (France)  on September 22 2006 >>>

5  out of 15 entrants completed the race: Romain Vergé, Patrick Favre, Jean-François Tardiveau, Sophie Macé
and Christophe Henry
The winner of the race -
Romain Vergé, - completed the row in 40 days, 3 hours, 45 minutes, 38 seconds.
 
2 rowers were disqualified: Jean Pierre Lacroix and Jean Pierre Lasalarie
and
8 rowers abandoned the race:
Patrick Deixonne, Didier Lemoine, Jacques Djeddi, Jo Le Guen, Philippe Soetaert, Emmanuel Coindre, Jean-Jacques Gauthier and Philippe Malapert
The two traps of the race - the equatorial counter-current and the passage of the continental shelf, - have been the cause of many abandonment.
Disqualified rowers entered waters of Guyana but were unable to cross the finish line.
 

 

 

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