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

 

 


 OCEAN ROWING RECORDS , SUBMITTED BY THE ORS INT. TO GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS IN 2017 - 2018

 
 
 

THE OLDEST

The oldest person to row any ocean solo is Gerard Marie, France (b. 28 November 1947) who was 66 years 323 days at the start of his row from Africa, Senegal to South America, French Guiana, which he completed in 83 days between 18 October 2014 - 10 January 2015 on board Cocta

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The oldest age for a woman to row any ocean is 61 years and 349 days by Dianne Carrington, UK (b. 30 Dec 1955) who rowed 2550 nautical miles / 4722 km across the Atlantic east to west from La Gomera to Antigua in an all-female team of Three in 60 days 18hrs 34min between 14 December 2017 - 13 February 2018 on board Poppy

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The oldest woman to row any ocean in a mixed crew is Suzanne Pinto (USA, b. March 4 1953; 57years 10 months 27 days), who rowed the Atlantic east to west from Gran Canaria to Barbados in a Team of 14 between 31 Jan and 15 March 2011 on board Britannia III

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The oldest woman to row the Atlantic west to east is Guin Batten (UK. b. 27 Sept 1967 ) who was 48 yrs 254 days old 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.

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The oldest (recorded) person to row the Arctic Ocean Open Waters* is Jeff Willis (UK, b. 25 May 1961) who was 56 years 56 days at the start of his row of 965 km / 520 nm from Tromso, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, that lasted 9 days 23 hrs 26 min between 20th and 30th July 2017 in a Team of Five on board Polar Row.

* - The definition of "Rows on the Arctic Ocean Open Waters" applies only to pure rowing expeditions across major water basins above the Polar Circle from land to land, excluding any use of sail, paddling on kayaks or canoes, as well as rows around islands, within archipelagos and coastal rows, i.e. within vicinity of land and possibility to get ashore.

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The oldest age for person to row the Arctic Ocean Open Waters north to south is 42 yrs 89 days by Carlo Facchino (USA, b. 22nd April 1975) at the start of his row of 726 nm /1344 km from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to the island of Jan Mayen in a team of Six, completed in 13 days17 hrs 30 min between 8th - 21st on board Polar Row

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The oldest average age in an all-male team to row any ocean is 59 years 138 days by tandem of Philippe Berquin (b. June 20 1959; 58 yrs 177 days) & Gilles Ponthieux (b. 23 November 1957; 60 yrs 21 days), both France, who rowed across the Atlantic east to west from Gran Canaria to Martinique in 52 days 30min between 14 December 2017 - 04 February 2018 on board Audilab.

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The oldest combined age for an all-male Pair to row any ocean is 118 years 276 days by tandem of Philippe Berquin (b. June 20 1959; 58 yrs 177 days) & Gilles Ponthieux (b. 23 November 1957; 60 yrs 21 days), both France, who rowed across the Atlantic east to west from Gran Canaria to Martinique in 52 days 30min between 14 December 2017 - 04 February 2018 on board Audilab

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The oldest female Pair to row the Atlantic are Linda Griesel (b.7 Jan 1966; 41 yrs 319 days) & Rachel Smith (b.24 Dec 1969; 37 yrs 343 days), both UK, with 80 yrs 297 days of combined age (39 yrs 331 days average) at the start of their row from La Gomera to Antigua which they completed in 76 days 11h 12min between 2 December 2007 - 16 February2008 on board Barbara Ivy

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The oldest average age for an all-female team to row the Atlantic is 57 years 31.5 days by Trio:
Dianne Carrington (b. 30 Dec 1955; 61 yrs 349 days), Sharon Magrath (b. 30 Jan 1963; 54 yrs 318 days) & Elaine Theaker, 54 (b.16 June 1963; 54 yrs 182 days), all UK, with combined age 171 years 117 days at the start of their row from La Gomera to Antigua, completed in 60 days 18hrs 34min between 14 December 2017 - 13 February 2018
on board Poppy

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The average age of the oldest team to row on the the Arctic Ocean Open Waters*  is 41 years 45 days (combined age - 205 yrs 7m 13d)  by Fiann Paul (Iceland, b. 15 Aug 1980; 36 yrs 339 days); Tathagata Roy (India, b. 6 Sept 1983; 33 yrs 317 days), Jeff Willis (UK, b. 25 May 1961; 56 yrs 56 days), Carlo Facchino (USA, b. 22 April 1975; 42 years 89 days), Tor Wigum (Norway, b. 18 Feb 1981; 36 yrs 152 days), who rowed 965 km / 520 nm from Tromso, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway in 9 days 23 hrs 26 min between 20th and 30th July 2017 on board Polar Row

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The oldest woman to row an ocean in a mixed Pair is Jan Meek (UK, b. December 14 1944), who was 52 yrs 302 days old at the start of the row in tandem with her son Daniel Byles, 23 (UK) across the Atlantic east to west from Tenerife to Barbados, completed in 100 days 18hrs between 12th Oct 1997 21st January 1998 on board Carpe Diem

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The oldest person to row in a team across the Atlantic on Trade Winds II Route is Neal Marsh (UK, b. 08 October 1968), who was 49 yrs 103 days old at the start of his row from Mindelo, Cape Verde to French Guiana, and completed  3270 km (1765 nautical miles) crossing in 27 days 16 hrs 50 min between 19th January - 16th February 2018 in a team of Five on board Rose.



THE OLDEST TEAMS OF RELATED PERSONS

The oldest combined age for husband & wife tandem to row any ocean is 102 years 183 days at the start of the row by Jenny Jardine (USA , b. 14 April 1958; 44 yrs 207 days) & Ray Jardine (USA, b. 1 December 1944; 57 yrs 341 days), who rowed the Atlantic east to west from La Gomera to Barbados in 53 days 10 hrs 46min between 7 November and 30 December 2002 on board Caper

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The oldest combined age for father & son to row together any ocean is 80 years 104 days at the start of the row by Steve Roedde (Canada, b. 23 February 1954; 56yrs 326 d) and Nigel Roedde (Canada, b. 25 August 1987; 23 yrs 143 days), who rowed the Atlantic east to west  from Morocco to Barbados between 15 January and 4 March 2011 in a team of 16 on board Big Blue

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The oldest age of a father to row an ocean together with his son is 56 yrs 326 days by Steve Roedde (Canada, b. 23 February 1954; ), who rowed the Atlantic east to west with Nigel Roedde (Canada, b. 25 August 1987; 23 yrs 143 days) from Morocco to Barbados in 47 days 18 hrs between 15 January and 4 March 2011 in a team of 16 on board Big Blue

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The oldest combined age for brothers to row together any ocean is 94 years at the start of the row by Eamonn Kavanagh (Ireland, b. 14 February 1954; 43) and Peter Kavanagh (Ireland , b. March 21 1946; 51), who rowed the Atlantic east to west from Tenerife to Barbados in 58 days 4 hrs between 12 October and 9 December 1997 on board Christina

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The oldest combined age of a related team of Four is 157 yrs , average 38 years 272 days by brothers-in-law George Rock (b. July 9 1962; 42 yrs 326 days), Nigel Morris (b. June 3 1963; 41 yrs 362 days), Robert Munslow (b. March 15 1978; 27 yrs 77 days) and Steven Dawson (b. 13th July 1960; 44 yrs 322 days) - all UK, who rowed the Atlantic west to east from St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada to longitude of Bishop's Rock, UK in 39 days 22 hrs 10 min between 31st May - 10th July 2005 on board Naturally Best.

 

 

THE YOUNGEST

The youngest person to row  any ocean solo is Oliver Crane (USA, b. 19 July 1998), who was 19 yrs 148 days when he began rowing the Atlantic east to west from La Gomera to Antigua on board SS4. The row lasted from on 14 December 2017 to 28 January 2018, a total time of 44 days 16 hours 9 minutes.

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The youngest person to row any ocean in a Pair is Jude Massey (UK, b. 6th March 1999) who was 18 yrs 318 days old at the start of his row in tandem with his half-brother Greg Bailey, UK across the Atlantic east to west from Gran Canaria to Barbados, completed in 52 days 15 hrs 50 min between 18 January - 11 March 2018 on board Peter

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The youngest average age for a Pair to row any ocean is 20 years 318 days at the start of the row by brothers Kiran Olenicz (UK, b. 11 September 1998; 19 years 92 days) and Jay Olenicz (UK, b. 17 June 1995; 22 years 178 days), who rowed the Atlantic east to west from Gran Canaria to Barbados in 48 days 6 hours 31 minutes between 12 December 2017 and 29 January 2018 on board White Dwarf.

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The youngest average age for a team to row the Arctic Ocean Open Waters south to north is 41 yrs by Sören Kjellkvist (b. June 26 1974; 43 yrs 23 days) and Glenn Mattsing (b. Aug 18 1978; 38 yrs 334 days) - both Sweden, who rowed 512 nautical mils (948 km) from Ersfjordbotn, continental Norway to Barentsbourg, Svalbard, Norway in 18 days 23hrs 13min between 19th July - 7th August 2017 on board Albedo

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The youngest average age for an all-female team to row any ocean is 22 years 236 days by Amber Li Xiaobing (China, b.16 October 1995; 22 years 59 days), Sarah Meng Yajie (China, b. 18 November 1995; 22 years 26 days), Cloris Chen Yuli (China, b. 3 October 1994; 23 years 72 days) and Tina Liang Mintian (b. 19 Oct 1994; 23 years 54 days) - all China, who rowed the Atlantic east to west from La Gomera to Antigua in 34 days 13 hrs 13 min between 14 Dec 2017 and 18 January 2018 on board Jasmine 2

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The youngest average age for a Team of Four  to row any ocean is 22 years 236 days by Amber Li Xiaobing (China, b.16 October 1995; 22 years 59 days), Sarah Meng Yajie (China, b. 18 November 1995; 22 years 26 days), Cloris Chen Yuli (China, b. 3 October 1994; 23 years 72 days) and Tina Liang Mintian (b. 19 Oct 1994; 23 years 54 days) - all China, who rowed the Atlantic east to west from La Gomera to Antigua in 34 days 13 hrs 13 min between 14 Dec 2017 and 18 January 2018 on board Jasmine 2

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The youngest average age for an all-male team of Four to row any ocean is 23 years  by Adam Wolley (b.June 25 1988; 23 yrs 163 days), Greg Symondson (b. Aug 11 1989; 22 yrs 116 days), Hugo Turner (b. Oct 22 1988; 23 yrs 44 days) and Ross Turner (b. Oct 22 1988; 23 yrs 44 days) - all UK, who rowed The Atlantic on Trade Winds II route from La Gomera to Barbados in 41 days 23 hrs 34 min between 5 December 2011 and 16 January 2012 on board Atlantic Four

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The youngest woman to row an ocean in a mixed Pair is Victoria Holmes (Canada, b. 15 June 1984) who was 21yrs 168 days at the start of her row across the Atlantic east to west from La Gomera to Antigua, completed in 84 days 23hrs 9min between Nov 30 2005 - Feb 23 2006 on board Christina

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The youngest person to row the Atlantic east to west from Europe to South America is Clement Mas (France, b. 6 August 1991; 25 yrs 212 days), who rowed 3082 nautical miles (5705 km) from Portugal to French Guiana in 48 days 4hrs 53min between 6 March - 23 April 2017 in a team of Four on board Rose

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The youngest woman to row the Atlantic east to west from Europe to South America is Susannah Cass (UK, b. 11 June 1988; 27 yrs 263 days), who rowed 3082 nautical miles (5705 km) from Portugal to Recife, Brazil in 75 days 11hrs 30 min between 29 Feb  - 24 April  2016 in a team of Four on board Row 2 Rio

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Susannah Cass is simultaneously holding an age record of the youngest female to row on The Pacific, being
25 yrs and 363 days old at the start of her row in a Team of Four on the Mid-Pacific east to west route from Monterey, CA. USA to O'ahu, Hawaii, completed in 57 days 5 hrs 45 min between 9 June 2014 and 5 August 2014 on board Limited Intelligence

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The only woman to hold simultaneously two  age records of the youngest on two different oceans is Susannah Cass (UK, b. 11 June 1988):
1. The youngest female to row on The Pacific, being
25 yrs and 363 days old at the start of her row in a team of Four (Mid-Pacific east to west, 2014)
2.The youngest woman to row the Atlantic east to west from Europe to South America,  being 27 yrs 263 days at the start of her row in a team of Four (2017)

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The youngest person to row in a team across the Atlantic on Trade Winds II Route is Duncan Roy (UK, b. 16 August 1990), who was 27yrs 156 days old at the start of his row from Mindelo, Cape Verde to French Guiana, and completed  3270 km (1765 nautical miles) crossing in 27 days 16 hrs 50 min between 19th January - 16th February 2018 in a team of Five on board Rose.

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The youngest age for a person to row the Arctic Ocean Open Waters south to north is 33 yrs 317 days by Tathagata Roy (India, b. 6 Sept 1983), who rowed 965 km / 520 nm from Tromso, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway in a team of Five in 9 days 23 hrs 26 min between 20th and 30th July 2017 on board Polar Row

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The youngest recorded age for a person to row the Arctic Ocean Open Waters north to south is 23 yrs 47 days by Tyler Carnavale (USA, b. 22nd June 1994), who rowed 726 nm /1344 km from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to the island of Jan Mayen in a team of Six in 13 days17 hrs 30 min between 8th - 21st August 2017 on board Polar Row.

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The youngest person to complete Around GB Row is Rhys Deane (UK. b. 6th March 1996; 21 yrs 124 days), who rowed 3150 km / 1700 nautical miles around Britain clockwise from Southampton to Southampton in 38 days 3 hrs 3 min between 8 July and 15 August 2017 in a Team of Four on board All Relative


YOUNGEST TEAMS OF RELATED PERSONS


The youngest average age for brothers (tandem) to row any ocean is 20 years 318 days at the start of the row by brothers Kiran Olenicz (UK, b. 11 September 1998; 19 years 92 days) and Jay Olenicz (UK, b. 17 June 1995; 22 years 178 days), who rowed the Atlantic east to west from Gran Canaria to Barbados in 48 days 6 hrs 31 min between 12 December 2017 and 29 January 2018 on board White Dwarf.

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The youngest average age for husband & wife team to row any ocean is 29 years at the start of the row by Curtis Saville (USA, b. 22 August 1946) & Kathleen Saville (USA, b. 22 March 1956 ), who rowed the Atlantic east to west from Morocco to Antigua in 89 days between 18 March and 10 June 1981 on board Excalibur.

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The youngest average age for father & son team to row any ocean is 34 years at the start of the row by Norman Beech (UK, b. 3 December 1959; 50 yrs 32 days) and James Beech (UK, b. 17 February 1991; 18 years 321 days), who rowed the Atlantic east to west from La Gomera to Antigua in 82 days between 4 January and 27 March 2010 on board Beech Boys Atlantic

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The youngest average age of the related team of Four is 23 yrs 244.75 days by cousins Justin Adkin (b. May 28 1979; 26 yrs 186 days), James Green (b. February 16 1981; 24 yrs 287 days), Robert Adkin (b. June 4 1982; 23 yrs 179 days) and Martin Adkin (b. January 7 1986; 19 yrs 327 days) - all UK, who rowed the Atlantic east to west from La Gomera to Antigua in 39 days 3hrs 35 min between 30th Nov 2005 and 8th January 2006 on board All Relative.

 

 
THE FIRST

The first to row the Indonesian Archipelagic Seas north-west to south-east is a tandem of Grant "Axe' Rawlinson (NZ) and Charlie Smith (GB), who rowed 1810 nautical miles from Singapore to Darwin, WA. in 77 days between 3 January and 21 March 2017 on board Simpson's Donkey

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the First (recorded) Pair to Row the Arctic Ocean Open Waters from South to North are Sören Kjellkvist & Glenn Mattsing (Sweden), who rowed 512 nautical mils (948 km) from Ersfjordbotn, continental Norway to Barentsbourg, Svalbard, Norway in 18 days 23hrs 13min between 19th July - 7th August 2017 on board Albedo
They have reached the Northernmost Latitude a Pair ever have rowed to 78 0607N

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The first sisters to row an ocean together are Camilla Bull and Cornelia Bull (Norway) , who rowed the Atlantic east to west in a team of Four from La Gomera to Antigua in 36 days 9hrs 53min between 14 Dec 2017 and 19 Jan 2018 on board Ellida

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The First Trio (open-class) to row the Atlantic east to west are Mike Matson, David Alviar and Brian Krauskopf (all USA) who rowed 2550 nautical miles (4722 km)  from La Gomera to Antigua in  49 days, 14 hrs 4 min between 14th December 2016 - 2nd Feb 2017 on board American Oarsmen

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The First pure-class Trio  to row the Atlantic east to west are Stuart Connacher, Charl Gale, Wayne Johnson (South Africa) who rowed 2550 nautical miles (4722  km)  from La Gomera to Antigua in 51 days 1hr 13min between 14th December 2016 - 3rd February 2017  on board Tide

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The first all-female Trio to row any ocean are Dianne Carrington, Sharon Magrath & Elaine Theaker (all UK), who rowed the Atlantic east to west from La Gomera to Antigua in 60 days 18hrs 34min between 14 Dec 2017 - 13 Feb 2018 on board Poppy

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The first person to row an ocean sculling with a single oar moved over the stern is Herve le Merrer (France), who completed the crossing of the Atlantic east to west from El Hierro to Martinique in 58 days between 28 December 2017 and 24 February 2018 on board a purpose built boat
Eizh an Eizh

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The first team to row the Atlantic on the Trade Winds II Route are Ralph Tuijn (skipper, NL), Chris Shirley, Duncan Roy, Neal Marsh (all UK) & Danny O'Brien (Ireland), who as a leg of their row from Europe to South America covered 3270 km (1765 nautical miles) from Mindelo, Cape Verde to French Guiana in 27 days 16 hrs 50 min between 19th January - 16th February 2018 on board Rose.
 
A Note: There've been 53 successful solo rows and 35 incomplete solo attempts on this route

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The first related persons to complete the Around GB Row together are brothers Leo & Dan Foster (both UK), who rowed 3383 km / 1800 nautical miles around Britain clockwise from London, Tower Bridge to London, Tower Bridge in 59 days 12 hrs 02 min between 27 May and 26 July 2017 in a team of Four  on board Sic Parvis Magna.

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The First Person (as for 2018) to Row on Four Oceans is Fiann Paul (Iceland):
1. Across the Atlantic E-W (2011. Team of Six. Boat Sara G)
2. Across the Indian Ocean E-W  (2014. Team of Seven. Boat Avalon)
3. On the Mid-Pacific E-W. (2016. Team of Four. Boat Danielle)
4. On the Arctic Ocean Open Waters south to north (2017. Team of Five. Boat Polar Row)

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The First recorded row of the Barents Sea on the Arctic Ocean Open Waters south to north is by Fiann Paul (IS), Tathagata Roy (IN), Jeff Willis (UK), Carlo Facchino (USA) &Tor Wigum (NOR), who rowed 965 km / 520 nm from Tromso, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway (via Hornsund, Svalbard) in 9 days 23 hrs 26 min between 20th and 30th July 2017 on board Polar Row.

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The First Recorded Team of Five to row the Arctic Ocean Open Waters are Fiann Paul (IS), Tathagata Roy (IN), Jeff Willis (UK), Carlo Facchino (USA) & Tor Wigum (NOR), who rowed 965 km / 520 nm  from Tromso, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway (via Hornsund, Svalbard) in 9 days 23 hrs 26 min between 20th and 30th July 2017 on board Polar Row.

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The First Recorded Team of Six to row the Arctic Ocean Open Waters are Fiann Paul (IS), Alex Gregory, Danny Longman, Sam Vye (all UK),  Carlo Facchino & Tyler Carnevale (both USA), who rowed 726nm /1344 km from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to the island of Jan Mayen in 13 days17 hrs 30 min between 8th - 21st August 2017 on board Polar Row.

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The First Recorded Row Across The Greenland Sea north to south / the Arctic Ocean Open Waters north to south is by Fiann Paul (IS), Alex Gregory, Danny Longman, Sam Vye (all UK),  Carlo Facchino & Tyler Carnevale (both USA), who rowed 726nm /1344 km from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to the island of Jan Mayen in 13 days17 hrs 30 min between 8th - 21st August 2017 on board Polar Row

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The first (recorded) row of the Arctic Ocean Open Waters in both directions is by Fiann Paul (Iceland)  and Carlo Facchino (USA), who rowed it south to north from Tromso, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard between 20th and 30th July 2017 (in a crew of Five) and then north to south from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to the island of Jan Mayen between 8th - 21st August 2017 (in a crew of Six) on board Polar Row.

 

OTHER RECORDS

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Most  rows completed by one person on the Atlantic east to west route from Europe is 3 by Ralph Tuijn (Netherland), who rowed from Lagos, Portugal to Trinidad (2015, on board Nelson, Team of Five) and Portimao, Portugal to French Guiana on board Rose (March 2017, Team of Four and December 2017, Team of Five) between 26 January 2015 and 16 February 2018.

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The First Person (as for 2018) to hold speed records on four oceans is Fiann Paul (Iceland):
1. The fastest in classic class 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 pure-class Four at average speed 2.21 knots (2016. Boat Danielle)
4. The fastest (recorded) row on the Arctic Ocean Open Waters south to north at average speed 2.557 knots (2017. Team of Five. Boat Polar Row)

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Most (recorded) people in a team to row the Arctic Ocean Open Waters is Six, by Fiann Paul (IS), Alex Gregory, Danny Longman, Sam Vye (all UK),  Carlo Facchino & Tyler Carnevale (both USA), who rowed 726 nm /1344 km from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to the island of Jan Mayen in 13 days17 hrs 30 min between 8th - 21st August 2017 on board Polar Row.

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Most (recorded) people in a team to row the Arctic Ocean Open Waters south to north is Five by Fiann Paul (IS), Tathagata Roy (IN), Jeff Willis (UK), Carlo Facchino (USA), Tor Wigum (NOR), who rowed 965 km / 520 nm from Tromso, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway in 9 days 23 hrs 26 min between 20th and 30th July 2017 on board Polar Row.

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The Northernmost (recorded) latitude on land reached by a rowing vessel on the Arctic Ocean Open Waters is 78 15'20''N by Fiann Paul (IS), Tathagata Roy (IN), Jeff Willis (UK), Carlo Facchino (USA), Tor Wigum (NOR), who rowed 965 km (520 nm) from Tromso, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway in 9 days 23 hrs 26 min between 20th and 30th July 2017 on board Polar Row.

A Note: The Northernmost (recorded) latitude on land reached by a rowing vessel on the Arctic Ocean Off-Coast Row is 7835.7N by a Team of Six: Jock Wishart, skipper, Mark Delstanche, Billy Gammon,  David Mans, Rob Sleep & Mark Beaumont (all UK), who rowed 375 km/202 nautical miles within the Canadian Arctic Archipelago from Resolute Bay, Cornwallis Island, Nunavut group of Islands to Ellef Ringnes Island (with stop-over on Thor Island) in 40 days between 28 July and 26 August 2011 0n board Old Pulteney

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The Northernmost (recorded) latitude on land  departed from by a rowing vessel on the Arctic Ocean Open Waters is 78 15'20''N by Fiann Paul (IS), Alex Gregory, Danny Longman, Sam Vye (all UK),  Carlo Facchino & Tyler Carnevale (both USA), who rowed from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to the island of Jan Mayen in 13 days 17 hrs 30 min between 8th - 21st August 2017 on board Polar Row.

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The Northernmost (recorded) latitude reached by a rowing vessel on the Arctic Ocean Open Waters at the edge of
the permanent ice pack is 79 55'500''N by Fiann Paul (IS), Alex Gregory, Danny Longman, Sam Vye (all UK),  Carlo Facchino & Tyler Carnevale (both USA) on 9th August 2017, during their row from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to the island of Jan Mayen, completed between 8th - 21st August 2017 on board Polar Row

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The Northernmost (recorded) latitude a rowing vessel started a row from north to south on the Arctic Ocean Open Waters is 79 55'500''N at the edge of the permanent ice pack by Fiann Paul (IS), Alex Gregory, Danny Longman, Sam Vye (all UK),  Carlo Facchino & Tyler Carnevale (both USA) on 9th August 2017, during their row from Longyearbyen, Svalbard to the island of Jan Mayen, completed between 8th - 21st August 2017 on board Polar Row

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The longest distance rowed on the Arctic Ocean Open Waters within one expedition is 2305 km / 1244 nautical miles by Fiann Paul (Iceland) and Carlo Facchino (USA), who rowed 965 km / 520 nm from Tromso, Norway to Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway in 9 days 23 hrs 26 min in a Team of Five between 20th and 30th July 2017,  and then 1344 km / 726 nm from Longyearbyen, Svalbard via the edge of the permanent ice pack at 79 55'500''N 1023'20"E to  the island of Jan Mayen in 13 days 17 hrs 30 min in a Team of Six between 8th - 21st August 2017 on board Polar Row.

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The biggest combined number of  World Records (individual and team) achieved within one ocean rowing expedition is 17 by Polar Row, lead by Fiann Paul (Iceland)
See all the records of Polar Row here >>>

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Most records achieved by one person in ocean rowing during one year is 17 in 2017 by Fiann Paul (Iceland) Click here to see the list >>>
 

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Most records achieved by one person in ocean rowing in two consecutive years is 19 by Fiann Paul (Iceland) - 17 during the Polar Row 2017 (Click here to see the list >>> ) and 2 for the Mid-Pacific east to west row in 2016, which are:

1. The fastest  team of Four 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 pure-class boat Danielle

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The first person to hold simultaneously four overall speed records in pure-class on four oceans is Fiann Paul, Iceland:
    a. The fastest row across the Atlantic E-W at average speed 3.386 knots (2011. Team of Six. Boat Sara G)
    b. The fastest row across the Indian Ocean E-W at average speed 2.65 knots (2014. Team of Seven. Boat Avalon)
    c. The fastest row on the Mid-Pacific route by a team of Four at average speed 2.21 knots (2016. Boat Danielle)
    d. The fastest row on the the Arctic Ocean Open Waters at average speed 2.557 knots (2017/18. Team of Five. Boat Polar Row)

 

 
SPEED RECORDS

The Fastest in open-class (concept) Solo to row the Atlantic east to west is Mark Slats (Netherlands), who rowed 2550 nautical miles (4722 km) from La Gomera to Antigua in 30 days 7hrs 49min at average speed 3,503 knots between 14th Dec 2017 and 13th Jan 2018 on board Peanuts

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The Fastest in female open-class Solo to row the Atlantic on Trade Winds I route is Kiko Matthews (UK) who rowed 2602 nautical miles / 4819 km from  Gran Canaria to PSC, Barbados in 49 days 07hrs 15 min at average speed 2.2 knots between 1st February - 22nd March 2018 on boards Soma

Note: The previous best result in the female open-class Solo category was  59 days 19hrs 14 min by Elaine Hopley (UK/Scotland, 2016/17).
The speed record in the female pure class Solo category is
56 days 13hrs 09min by Anne Quemere, France (2002/2003)

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The Fastest Pair to row the Indian Ocean east to west are Ted Welman & Jack Faulkner (both UK), who rowed 3142 nautical miles (5820 km) from Geraldton, Western Australia to Grande Riviere Noir, Mauritius in 56 days 23hrs 45min at average speed 2.298 knots between 16th March - 12th May 2017 on board Doctors Adrift

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The fastest open-class Pair to row the Atlantic east to west are Jon Armstrong & Jordan Beecher (both UK) who rowed 2550 nautical miles (4722 km) from La Gomera to Antigua in 37days 8hrs 8min at average speed 2,845 knots between 14 Dec 2017 - 20 Jan 2018 on board Trident

Note: The fastest pure-class Pair to row the Atlantic east to west are James Fitzgerald & Kevin Biggar (both New Zealand) who rowed 2550 nautical miles (4722 rm) from La Gomera to Antigua in 40 days 5h 53 min at average speed 2,628 knots between 19th October - 28th November 2003 on board Holiday Shoppe Challenge
 

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The Fastest open-class Trio to row the Atlantic on route 'Trade Winds I' are Mike Matson, David Alviar and Brian Krauskopf (all USA) who rowed 2550 nautical miles (4722 km)  from La Gomera to Antigua in  49 days, 14 hrs 4 min at average speed  2.14 knots between 14th December 2016 - 2nd Feb 2017 on board American Oarsmen

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The Fastest pure-class Trio to row the Atlantic on route 'Trade Winds I' are Stuart Connacher, Charl Gale, Wayne Johnson (South Africa) who rowed 2550 nautical miles (4722  km)  from La Gomera to Antigua in 51 days 1hr 13min at average speed 2.08 knots between 14th December 2016 - 3rd February 2017  on board Tide

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The fastest team to row the Atlantic on Trade Winds 1 route in an open-class category are George Biggar, Peter Robinson, Stuart Watts and Richard Taylor, who rowed 2550 nautical miles (4722  km)  from La Gomera to Antigua in 29 days 14hrs 34min at average speed 3.589 knots between 14th Dec 2017 and 13th Jan 2018 on board Aegir

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The fastest classic Four to row the Atlantic east to west are Jason Hart, Phil Langman, Yorkie Lomas & Shaun Barker (all UK), who rowed from La Gomera to Barbados in 36 days 59 min between 20 January - 26 February 2004 on board Queensgate

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The fastest all-female open-class Four to row the Atlantic east to west are Amber Li Xiaobing, Sarah Meng Yajie, Cloris Chen Yuli and Tina Liang Mintian (all China), who rowed 2550 nautical miles (4722 km) from La Gomera to Antigua in 34 days 13 hrs 13 min at average speed 3.076 knots between 14 Dec 2017 and 18 January 2018 on board Jasmine 2

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The fastest all-female pure-class Four on the Atlantic east to west route are Emily Kohl , Sarah Kessans (both USA), Tara Remington (NZ) & Jo Davies (UK) who rowed 2550 nautical miles / 4722 km from La Gomera to Antigua in 51 days 16 hrs 31 min between December 2 2007 - January 23 2008 on board UnFinished Business

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The fastest team to row the Atlantic E-W from Europe to South America non-stop are Ralph Tiujn (Skipper, NL), Niall Bates (Ireland), Clement Mas (France) & Colin Blears (Australia), who rowed 3080 nautical miles / 5705 km from Portimao, Portugal to Mahury River, French Guiana in 48 days 4hrs 53 min at average speed 2.66 knots between 6th March - 23rd April 2017 on board Rose

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The fastest tandem of brothers to row the Atlantic east to west are  Kiran Olenicz and Jay Olenicz (both UK), who rowed 2602 nautical miles / 4819 km from Pacito Blanco, Gran Canaria to PSC, Barbados in 48 days 6 hrs 31 min at average speed 2,246 knots between 12 December 2017 and 29 January 2018 on board White Dwarf.

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The overall fastest (recorded) row on the Arctic Ocean Open Waters is at average speed of 2.557 knots by a pure-class team of Five:  Fiann Paul (IS),  Tathagata Roy (IN),  Jeff Willis (UK), Carlo Facchino (USA), Tor Wigum (NOR), who rowed 445 nm / 824 km from Tromso, Norway to Hornsund, Svalbard land to land - as a part of their row from Tromso to Longyearbyen, Svalbard,  - in 7 days 06 hrs 49 min between 20 and 27 July 2017 on board Polar Row

 
 
 
 
 

                      

 
 

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