OCEAN ROWING RECORDS 2016 

SUBMITTED TO GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS

 
 
AGE RECORDS
 
YOUNGEST


The youngest person to row solo any ocean is Callum Gathercole (UK, b. 15 May 1995), who was 20 years 219 days when he began rowing the Atlantic east to west from La Gomera to Antigua in Small and Mighty. The row lasted from 20 December 2015 to 16 February 2016, a total time of 58 days, 15 hr and 15 min

The youngest person to row the Atlantic West to East is Molly Brown (UK. b. 2 September 1995 ) who was 20 years, 9 months, 5 days (7584 days ) at the start of her row in an all female Team of Five from Liberty Landing Marina,  New Jersey, USA to Falmouth, UK on board Liberty between June 7 - July 27 2016.
She has beaten the record of the youngest on this route male ocean rower  Lawrence Walters (UK. b. 30 Dec 1991), who was 23 years 124 days old at the start of his row on 3 May 2015, and was a crew member of the youngest team (average age 23 years 215.5 days) to row the Atlantic W-E

The youngest average for a pair to row any ocean is 21 years 112.75 days at the start of the row by Freddie Wright (UK, b. 18 Sep 1994, 21 years 93 days) and Jack Galsworthy (UK, b. 9 Aug 1994, 21 years 133 days), who rowed the Atlantic east to west from La Gomera to Antigua in 47 days, 14 hr and 46 min between 20 December 2015 and 5 February 2016 on board Blue Steel

The youngest person to row any ocean twice is James Sparks (UK. b. 11 January 1992), who was aged 22 years 170 days when on 30 June 2014  he started his second ocean row across the Indian Ocean E-W from Exmouth Cape, WA. to  Mahe, Seychelles.

The youngest person to complete three ocean crossings is Angus Collins (UK, b. 21 Sept 1989) who rowed the Atlantic E-W twice (2014/15, 2016/17) and Indian Ocean E-W (2015) in team of four, and was 27 years, 2 months, 23 d (or 9946 days) old at the start of his third row from La Gomera to Antigua on 14 December 2016

The youngest average for an all-female team of four to row any ocean is 25 years 45 days or 9,176.25 days at the start of the row by the crew  Row Like A Girl Lauren Morton (UK, b. 29 October 1989, 26 years 52 days), Bella Collins (UK, b. 5 Nov 1992, 23 years 45 days), Olivia Bolesworth (UK, b. 16 Apr 1988, 27 years 248 days), Georgina Purdy (UK, b. 31 May 1992, 23 years 203 days), who rowed the Atlantic east to west from La Gomera to Antigua in 40 days, 8 hr and 26 min between 20 December 2015 and 29 January 2016 on board Mrs Nelson

 
 OLDEST
 

The oldest person to row any ocean is Peter Smith (Antigua, b. 17 May 1941), who was 74 years 217 days when he began rowing the Atlantic east to west from La Gomera to Antigua as part of a team of four on board Wa'Omoni. The row lasted from 20 December 2015 to 10 February 2016, a total time of 52 days, 9 hr and 9 min

The oldest female to row any ocean is Pat Hines (b. 28 June 1954) who was 61 years, 11 months, 8 days or 22,623 days old when she began rowing the Mid-Pacific east to west route from Monterey, CA. USA to Diamond Head, O’ahu, Hawaii between 5 June – 21 July 2016 on board Roosevelt.


The oldest team to row any ocean is an all-female Pair Ocean Hearts (USA) - Pat Hines (b. 28 June 1954. 61 years, 11 months, 8 days or 22,623 days) and Liz Dycus (b. 29 August 1957. 58 years, 9 months, 7 d or 21,465 days), combined age of 120 years 8.5 months or 44088 days, average age – 60 years 129 days at the start of their row on Mid-Pacific east to west route from Monterey, CA.USA to Diamond Head, O’ahu, Hawaii between 5 June – 21 July 2016 on board Roosevelt

The oldest all-female team of four to row any ocean is the crew of Yorkshire Rows Janette Benaddi (b. 20 October 1964, 51 years 61 days), Frances Davies (b. 28 September 1968, 47 years 83 days), Niki Doeg (b. 22 January 1971, 44 years 332 days), Helen Butters (b. 25 September 1970, 45 years 86 days), who, at the collective age of 68,862 days (or 188 years 195 days) at the start, rowed the Atlantic east to west on board Rose from La Gomera to Antigua from 20 December 2015 to 25 February 2016, a total time of 67 days, 5 hr and 2 min

The oldest team of four to row any ocean is the crew of  Wadadli (all Antigua) Nick Fuller (b. 19 November 1948, 67 years 31 days), Peter Smith (b. 17 May 1941, 74 years 217 days), JD Hall (b. 17 April 1986, 29 years 247 days), Rowan Bailey (b. 28 September 1965, 50 years 83 days), who, at the collective age of 8093 days (or 221 years 210.75 days) at the start, rowed the Atlantic east to west on board Wa'Omoni from La Gomera to Antigua from 20 December 2015 to 10 February 2016, a total time of 52 days, 9 hr and 9 min


The oldest all-male Pair to row the Mid-Pacific E-W route are Rick Leach (USA. b/14 Sept. 1962) and Todd Bliss (USA. b/ 15 Feb 1964), combined age of 106 years (38727 days), average 53 years at the start of their row from Monterey, CA.USA to Diamond Head, O’ahu, Hawaii between 5 June – 29 July 2016 on board Row Aloha

The oldest male ocean rower on the Mid-Pacific E-W route is Greg Vlasek (USA. b. 30 December 1955), who was 60 years 5 months 6 days old at the start of his row in a team of four from Monterey, CA.USA to Diamond Head, O’ahu, Hawaii between 5 June – 23 July 2016 on board Isabel

 

THE FIRST

 

The first physically disabled team of four to row an ocean are Row2Recovery crew members Cayle Royce, Paddy Gallagher, Nigel Rogoff and Lee Spencer (all UK), who rowed the Atlantic E-W, a distance of 4722km (2550nm) from La Gomera to Antigua in 46 days, 6 hr and 49 min between 20 December 2015 and 4 February 2016 on board Invictus

The First all-female crew to row the Atlantic W-E are Guin Batten, Molly Brown, Alex Holt, Mary Sutherland & Gilly Mara (all UK) who rowed the distance of 2,865 nautical miles (5315 km) from NJ., USA to Falmouth, UK  in 49 days 13 hrs 27 min between 7 June - 27 July 2016 on board Liberty.

The First team to row across the South Atlantic Ocean are Karlis Bardelis & Gints Barkovskis (Latvia), who rowed the distance of 3,112 nautical miles (5,760 km) from Luderitz, Namibia to Rio das Ostras, Brazil in 141 days 19 hrs 35 min between 4 May - 23 September 2016 on board Linda

There have been only two rows across the Atlantic with start and finish in Southern Hemisphere.
The first person to row across the South Atlantic Ocean was Amyr Khan Klink (Brazil), who rowed solo from Luderitz, Namibia to Praia de Espera, Brazil in 101 days between June 9 1984 - Sept 18 1984


The First Team to row the Atlantic E-W from Europe to South America mainland to mainland is team of five - Team Essence, with crew members Mathew Bennett, Oliver Bailey, Aldo Kane, Jason Fox, Ross Johnson (all UK), who rowed the distance of 3,350 nautical miles (6,180 km) from Lagos, Portugal to Carupano, Venezuela in 50 days 10 hrs 36min between 7th February - 28th March 2016 on board Ellida

The First team of Four and the first Mixed team to row the Atlantic E-W from Europe to South America mainland to mainland are Jake Heath, Mel Parker, Susannah Cass (UK) & Luke Richmond (UK / Australia), who rowed the distance of 3,080 nautical miles (5,705 km) from Lagos, Portugal to  Pontinhas, Brazil in 54 days 10 hr 45 min between 29th February - 23rd April 2016 on board Row 2 Rio

The first women to row the Atlantic E-W from Europe to South America are Mel Parker & Susannah Cass (both UK), who in a mixed team of four rowed the distance of 3,080 nautical miles (5,705 km) from Lagos, Portugal to Recife, Brazil in 54 days 11 hrs 30 min between 29th February - 23rd April 2016 on board Row 2 Rio

The First recorded solo row across the Black Sea is by Scott Butler (UK) who rowed the distance of 1,200 km (650 nautical miles) from Burgas, Bulgaria to Batumi, Georgia in 29 days, 6 hrs, 2 minutes between 12 June - 11 July 2016 on board Pacific Pete.

The first team to cross an ocean in an ocean kayak are Levente Kovacsik & Norbert Adam Szabo (Hungary) who paddled the Atlantic East to West from Mazagon, Spain to Gran Canaria in 20 days 9 hrs 55 min, and from Gran Canaria to Antigua - in 63 days 16 hrs 10 min  between 21 October 2015 and 30 January 2016 on board Kele
 

The First  Trio to row the Atlantic Ocean is team American Oarsmen with crew members Mike Matson, David Alviar & Brian Krauskopf (all USA) ,  who rowed the Atlantic E-W, a distance of 4722km (2550nm) from La Gomera to Antigua in 49 days, 14 hrs and 4 min between 14 December 2016 and 2 February 2017 on board Anne
 
SPEED RECORDS

The fastest row across the Atlantic E-W by a team of Four is
35 days 14 hrs 3 min achieved by crew members of Team Latitude 35 - Jason Caldwell & 
Matthew Brown (USA),  Angus Collins & Alex Simpson (UK)
, who rowed the distance of 4722km (2550nm) from La Gomera to Antigua between 14 December 2016 - 19 January 2017 at average speed 2.986 knots on board Latitude 35 (open-class)
The fastest row by a Classic Four is
36days 59min (average speed 2.935 knots) achieved by crew members of the first team of Four Queensgate in 2004

 

The fastest row across the Atlantic W-E from the New York Area to mainland England was completed by all-female team of Five - Guin Batten, Molly Brown, Alex Holt, Mary Sutherland & Gilly Mara (all UK), who rowed the distance of 2,865 nautical miles (5315 km) from NJ., USA to Falmouth, UK in 49 days 13 hrs 47 min between 7 June - 27 July 2016 on board Liberty.

The Fastest all-female team of Four  on the Atlantic E-W route is team Row Like A Girl - Lauren Morton, Bella Collins, Gee Purdy and Olivia Bolesworth (all UK), who rowed 4722km (2550nm) from La Gomera to Antigua in 40 days, 8 hrs 26 min between 20th December 2015 - 29th January 2016 at average speed 2.63 knots on board  Mrs Nelson (open class)
The fastest row by an all-female Classic Four is 51 days 16hrs 31 min achieved by crew members of  UnFinished Buisness (2008)

The fastest time for a female solo row across the Atlantic E to W in an open-class category is 59 d 19hrs 14 min by Elaine Hopley (UK) who rowed from La Gomera to Antigua between 14 December 2016 - 12 February 2017 on board Jan.
The overall speed record for female solo row on this route is
56 d 13hrs 09min achieved by Anne Quemere (France) between December 26 2002 - February 21 2003 in classic category on board Le Connetable

The Fastest Trio to row the Atlantic Ocean is team American Oarsmen with crew members Mike Matson, David Alviar & Brian Krauskopf (all USA) , who rowed the Atlantic E-W, a distance of 4722km (2550nm) from La Gomera to Antigua in 49 days, 14 hrs and 4 min between 14 December 2016 and 2 February 2017 on board Anne
 
The overall fastest  crossing on the Mid-Pacific E to W route is 39 days 4hrs 46min by Riaan Manser & Vasti Geldenhuys (South Africa), who rowed the distance of 2400 miles (3865 km) (2088 nautical miles) from Monterey, CA. to O'ahu, Hawaii at average speed of 2.22 knots, between 15th June - 23rd August 2016 on board Honeymoon
In 2014 they became the First team to row the Atlantic from Africa to North American mainland
They are the second Mixed Pair to row on two oceans (the first mixed pair were Cathleen & Curtis Saville, USA. Atlantic E-W,1981 and Pacific E-W,1984-85)
The only “just-married couple” to celebrate their honeymoon by rowing an ocean (2016)

The fastest in the Classic Four category teams on the Mid-Pacific east to west route is team Uniting Nations - Fiann Paul (Iceland), Cyril Derreumaux (USA). Thiago Silva (Brazil) and Carlo Facchino (USA), who rowed a distance of 3865 km (2090 nautical miles) from Monterey, CA. to O'ahu, Hawaii in 39 Days 12 Hours 20 Minutes at average speed 2.21knts on board Danielle

The fastest in the Classic Pair category on the Mid-Pacific east to west route is team Sons of the Pacific - Louis Bird (UK) & Erden Eruc (USA), who rowed a distance of 3865 km (2090 nautical miles) from Monterey, CA. to O'ahu, Hawaii in 54 days 3 hrs 45 min at average speed   1.61 knots between 5th June  - 29th July 2016 on board Yves

The fastest in the classic category all-female Pair to row Mid-Pacific E-W route is team Fight the Kraken (USA) - Vicki Otmani & Megan Biging, who rowed a distance of 3865 km (2090 nautical miles) from Monterey, CA. to O'ahu, Hawaii in 57 days 16 hrs 9 min at average speed 1.51 knots between 5th June - July 31 2016 on board Sedna

The only person to hold simultaneously (as for 2017) three speed records on three oceans is Fiann Paul, Iceland:
1. The fastest row across the Atlantic E-W at average speed 3.386 knots (2011. Team of Six. Boat Sara G)
2. The fastest row across the Indian Ocean E-W at average speed 2.65 knots (2014. Team of Seven. Boat Avalon)
3. The fastest row on the Mid-Pacific route by a team of Four at average speed 2.21 knots (2016. Boat Danielle)

Two current speed records in team of Four on two different oceans are hold (as for 2017) by Angus Collins & Alex Simpson (both UK), who were crew members of:
1. The fastest Four to row the Indian Ocean E-W in 71 days 14h 51min at average speed 2.07 knots (2014. Team of Four Tiny Dancer);
2. The fastest open-class Four to row the Atlantic E-W in 35 days 14 hrs 3 min at average speed 2.986 knots (2017. Team of Four Latitude 35)

 

 

 

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