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


Press-release. September 16th 2006

The British Ocean Rowing Team lead by Dom Mee take victory in Europe’s biggest racing event -
 The Great River Race on the Thames.

Photo credit to Ray Little

The Great River Race is the biggest and most prestigious event of its kind in Europe and this year with 273 entrants competition was fierce.

Team Quest started poorly arriving at the start line a minute late however rowed hard through the fleet. The conditions were not ideal as the team encountered headwinds on the earlier part of the 22 mile course. The team had a lot to prove as this will be their last event on the water before they go forward to attempt breaking the Atlantic record in January.
Their ocean rowboat ‘GB Row Challenge’ was slick through the water as they were first to cross the finish line to a cheering crowd 10 minutes ahead of the next boat to finish. The team also set the fastest time ever recorded for on ocean rowboat for the event taking 30 minutes off the fastest to date.

At the prize giving the team won overall, fastest Thames boat, fastest four, fastest Service boat. The team won every category and the first overall
 ‘It does not get better than that’ quoted team member Ed James.

‘The team worked like demons I was very proud of their performance and this result is a great endorsement for our training program to date’ quoted team Captain Dom Mee.

The team is made up of Royal Marine Commando Reservists Ed James, Peter Bird and Tom Rendell.

The ocean rowing vessel is 26 feet long and will carry the 4 rowers along with all of the supplies for the unsupported trip. The vessel was designed by Exmouth based Phil Morrison and built by Justin Adkin at his yard in Exmouth. Justin Adkin rowed with his team ‘All Relative’ across the Atlantic this year, they were the first boat to finish the race.

The route of the row will depart La Palma, Canaries in January 2007 finishing in Barbados, Caribbean a distance of 3, 000 miles. The team will be made up of Royal Marine Reservists based in London and Bristol, the final selection of the team will be announced by Dom in August 2006.

The French team of 11 on their vessel ‘La Mondial’ rowed from La Palma to Martinique setting the record.

The project is sponsored by Innotec based in Salisbury and Taunton estate agent Wilkie May and Tuckwood.
The team also aim to raise money for Barbados and the Royal Marines Association.

For information about Dom’s previous expeditions visit: