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

 


     
     
     

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

BLUE RIBAND TROPHY OF OCEAN ROWING

 
     
 
 

Pure Class Ocean Rowboats  - Holders of World Record
on the Route Atlantic East - West TW1 (Trade Winds I)
in chronological order
 

No

 Crew

Country Name of the boat Average Speed Record Set On
Name Surname
1 John Fairfax UK Britannia 0.91 m/h 180d
July 19 1969
             
 
2 Don Allum UK QE3 1.62 m/h 74d March 26 1971
Geoff Allum
             
 
3 Sean Crowley UK In Finnegans Wake 1.78 m/h 73d April 14 1986
Mike Nestor
               
4
Gerard Seibel France La Mondiale 3.48 m/h 35d 8h 30min April 29 1992
Jacques Busson
Jean-Claude Coucardon
Hervé Douard
Patrick Gollnish
Thierry Judet
Jean Jauras
Charles Henry de la Moynerie
Jean-Louis Landry
Philippe Priou
Francesco Sanchez
               

5

Leven Brown UK/
Republic of Ireland
La Mondiale 3.75 m/h 33 days 7h 30min January 17 2008  
 
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
 Liam Hughes
               

6

Matt Craughwell UK Sara G 3.9 (3.896) m/h

(3.386knts)

Actual -
33d 21h 46min

 ET* -
32 days

February 8 2011 11:16GMT
Graham Carlin
Thomas Cremona Malta
Rob Byrne Republic of Ireland
Adam Burke
Fiann Paul Iceland
 

 

Concept Class Multi-hull Ocean Rowboats - Holders of World Speed Record
on the Route Atlantic East - West TW1 (Trade Winds I )

1

Chris Covey

UK

Hallin Marine 3.84 m/h
(
3.342knts)
Actual -
31d 23h 31min

 ET* -
32 days 12h 12min
 

February 7 2011
20:01GMT
Paddy Thomas
Naomi Hoogesteger
Justin Johanneson
Jack Stonehouse
David Hosking

 

 

Concept Class Ocean Rowboats  - Holders of World Speed Record
on the Route Atlantic East - West TW1 (Trade Winds I)
in chronological order
 

Under construction !

 

George Biggar UK Aegir 4.132 m/h(3.59knts) Actual -
29d 14h 34min

ET* -
30 days 4h
 

Jan 13 2018
01:59GMT
Peter Robinson
Stuart Watts
Richard Taylor
               

                * ET - in order to give you a better idea of what is the difference in crossing time and how much it depends on the departure point and distance of the route,  we have calculated
                          what  would  be the result if "Sara G", "Hallin Marine" and "Aegir" rowed from Gran Canaria and marked this "would be time" as ET.
                          So in the column "record" (crossing time) you can see the actual time of crossing and ET - what would be the time if the boat departed from Gran Canaria.
                                                                                                                   For illustration purpose only.


We are recognizing two classes of ocean rowing boats:
 pure class and concept class (multi-hull boats are a subdivision of concept class),
 Hence the speed records  for these two classes
have to be recognized separately.

 

 

Ocean Rowing Speed Record for crossing the Atlantic East to West

The average speed is the core of the Ocean Rowing Speed Record, which  is " which boat is the fastest"; with so many variable start points and finishes, the calculation of distance covered over time is and will remain the only way to sort the fastest from the rest. The decisive factor for a record claim is to calculate an overall average crossing speed, derived  from the distance "as the crow flies" and the actual crossing time.  
The average speed rules are a natural forward looking progression of the sport.
 


 There are four routes qualifying for the Atlantic Ocean East to West Speed World Rowing Record :

 Atlantic Trade Winds I (TW1)    Atlantic Trade Winds II (TW2)    Atlantic E-W From Europe to West Indies     Atlantic E-W from Europe to South America
 

 

1. To qualify for the Ocean Rowing Speed World Record on route Atlantic East to  West "Trade Winds I"  the crew or solo  rower should:

1. row land to land without any assistance;
2. start at any point in the Canaries or continental Africa (North from or from 27:35N, the longitude of the Southern point of El Hierro, i.e. the southern boundary of the Canaries), and finish at any Caribbean Island or South America assuming  that a point to point distance is not less than 2500 nautical miles and not exceeding 2900 nautical miles as the crow flies;

 2. To qualify for the Ocean Rowing Speed World Record on route Atlantic East to  West "Trade Winds II"  the  crew or solo rower should:

 1. row land to land without any assistance from aside;
 2. start at any point in Cape Verde or continental Africa (south from 27:35N) and finish in  the Caribbeans or South America.

Departures from Cape Verde or continental Africa (south from 27:35N) is recognized as a separate route, an Atlantic Ocean Trade Winds II.
This is in recognition of the fact, that :
a) when taking this route, rower/rowers are benefitting by getting straight into Trade Winds and currents  and
b) leaving from Cape Verde shortens  the traditional (Classic) rowing distance by approximately 600 miles (assuming  finish in Caribbean) and by 1000 nautical miles with finish in South  America.

 
 

 3. To qualify for the Ocean Rowing Speed World Record on route Atlantic East to  West "From Europe to West Indies"  the  crew or solo rower should:

1. row non-stop land to land without any assistance from aside;
 2. start at any point of continental Europe and finish in any Caribbean Island

 3. To qualify for the Ocean Rowing Speed World Record on route Atlantic East to  West "From Europe to South America"  the  crew or solo rower should:

1. row non-stop land to land without any assistance from aside;
 2. start at any point of continental Europe and finish in any point of the continental South America.

 


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