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


New Classification of ocean rowing routes in the Atlantic

ORS International has been named the adjudicator for entries into the 'Guinness World Records' regarding Ocean Rowing.

They (Guinness) have certain criteria that must be followed for any claim of a record be verified and printed in the book, mainly that a row be from land to land and it is tracked by such as Argos so that any claim can be verified.

Looking at the History of Ocean Rowing,  the first 3 rows were Atlantic West to East from the United States, all with destinations in Europe.
In 1969 Tom McClean pioneered a then new route 'from Canada', this was almost 1000 miles shorter than ocean rows from the USA.

Distance from St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada to Bishop Rock Lighthouse, Isles of Scilly, UK  is 2099 miles (3379 km) (1824 n/miles).

Distance from Chatham, Cape Cod, USA to Lands End, UK as the crow flies is is                          3055 miles (4917 km) (2655 n/miles)

Distance from Chatham, Cape Cod, USA to I. d'Ouessant, France as the crow flies is                    3113 miles (5010 km) (2705 n/miles)

 In 1969 John Fairfax was the first to row the Atlantic East-West, from Canaries to Miami, followed by Sidney Genders (UK - Canaries - Antigua - Miami; 1969 - 1970) and then Allum cousins (Canaries to Caribbean; 1971)

For many years the rows of the Atlantic East-West were mainly between the Canaries and Caribbean, and therefore the record of the crossing of the Atlantic in this direction was based on the time of crossing along this route. There have been, albeit rarely, some other routes - longer and shorter - undertaken by rowers, so the time of their crossing was not considered to be a record.

 Being as in 2006-2007 race 'Rame Guyana' and solo row of Charles Hedrich added 19 rows to the route 'from Africa/Cape Verde to South America/Caribbean', this route will be no longer considered to be 'a shortened route' but has been established and classified as a separate route appropriate for claiming a record. (as long as it is clearly designated  and does not let a reader believe it is an ultimate record)

 ORS Int. has prepared the classification of two main routes in the Atlantic East to West, so that to differentiate them according to distance rowed - as it has been already done for the Atlantic West to East ('Rows from Canada' and 'Rows from the United States').

They are as folows:

From any Canary Island port to any Caribbean port or any Northern port* in South America -
Trade Winds Route 1.

From Senegal or Cape Verde to Caribbean or any Northern port* in South America -
Trade Winds Route 2.

* - details to follow

In order to claim any record the row should be 'from land to land' -  no tow involved.