The ORS Int. is the official adjudicator of ocean rowing records for Guinness World Records is the first site dedicated to the History of Oceanrowing.

It was created in 1997 in California by  American Tom Lynch,
 re-designed in 2000 by Ukrainian oceanrower Theodore Rezvoy
 and built on information compiled mainly by
 D. H. (Nobby) Clarke (formally of Guinness Book of Records, UK)
 British oceanrower Geoff Allum and
 founder of the Ocean Rowing Society British/American Kenneth F.Crutchlow
during the last 20 years.

To keep up with the modern oceanrowing history, Kenneth F.Crutchlow and team of -
 a handful of private individuals in the world, - have put in an enormous effort over many years.

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Rows in 2005:

 ARR 2005                                                    ▼
Julie Wafaei & Colin Angus                           

 Pavel Rezvoy
 Keith "Taff" Oliver &  Jerry Rogers

 Emmanuel Coindre

 Tim Harvey
& Erden Eruç  ( 1)  ( 2 )
 Oliver Hicks

 Theodore Rezvoy                                  
 Leven Sinclair Brown ( 1 )  ( 2 )                     ▼
 Vopak Victory
 Naturally Best
 GB Row Challenge
 James (Tiny) Little
 Sergey & Alexander Sinelnik
 Maud Fontenoy
 Thierry Dagues


Bulletin Board 2005


Atlantic Rowing Race 2005

  La Gomera - Antigua  


"Whilst the new race will make new heroes and hopefully break new records we should not however forget the man who was the real record breaker and did it first..."
- a letter
from Alistair Cowling >>>

Oceanrower Pete Bray: Kayak team in race to clinch record

Gerard d'Abovvile. Definition of Assisted and Unassisted rows

30th September,  2005 - official Launch party for Gurkha Spirit. Click here for details >>>

Launch of the book Oar-Some by Jennifer Brumham, published by Oar 4 One - Darthmouth's ocean four,
 the first four-man crew to row an ocean
 click here for photos  >>>

  Photos of the arrival of Vopak Victory to Rotterdam

Team "Gurkha Spirit" - Al Howard and Nick Rowe in Hong Kong. June 23 2005
or  One more way to find sponsorship

Congratulations to Pete Bray on receiving his award
from The
Humane Society for Atlantic rowing lifesaver

Maine Harbors'  review of ORS website >>>

read OCEAN ROWING REPORT on the year 2004 by Hilary Bastone, Ocean Rowing Society

 Read ExplorersWeb book preview: Mick Dawson vs. sea serpents >>>

1974 - 2005

Australian Ocean Rower (WEARC 2001, boat "Freedom"), Squadron Leader
Paul McCarthy
 died in Sea King helicopter crash on Nias
The crash occurred on Saturday, April 2nd at about 4.30 p.m. local time (0930 GMT) near the town of Gunung Sitoli, off the west coast of Sumatra
click here for details >>>

On March 31st Maud Fontenoy arrived in Paris from Tahiti.  Kenneth F.Crutchlow and ORS trustee oceanrower Jan Meek  were invited guest at her press-conference. Earlier in the day they visited Gerard d'Aboville at his Paris office.
 See 3 pics from Paris >>>

Read an article from

"The rules of Adventure"

For info of oceanrowers and especially Mick Dawson, who reported seeing unidentified fish/serpents! According to Press after the Tsunami there have been discovered some unknown species of fish. See photos: >>>

February 2005

ORS celebrates 10th anniversary of continued sponsorship from
 Le Shark Casual Wear

MARGOT BUTCHER picks over the wreckage of the third Atlantic Rowing Race and, despite New Zealand teams finishing one and two, reveals how dedication to a sporting dream and the characters of driven men can lead to


A brief report and photos by Alex Bellini of what  happened to him on November 12th 2004 in Formentera >>>

Re La Gomera (January 2005) : "It is not a disaster but it is and absolute mess", said Tiny Little. Clickwherewtowreadwthewreport >>>

This appeal has been generated by Thai Airways International PCL and sent to ORS by Emmanuel Coindre:

Dear all!
Pls  re-circulate the following message and photo of Tsunami victim (2-years old boy)
Please send this to all - we mean ALL! - the people in your entire network.

The boy about 2 years old, found at Khoa Lak Resort is missing his parents. Nobody knows what country he comes from  >>>       see photos
Thanks to  joint efforts of Internet users from all over the Globe 18-month-old Swedish toddler Hannes Bergstrom was re-united with his father Marko!!! >>> click here for details  and  here to read one more article

Best of ExplorersWeb 2004 Awards

ExplorersWeb (USA) has chosen 8 out of hundreds expeditions and 5 out of thousands adventurers who have contributed in an extraordinary way to the Spirit of Adventure in the year of 2004.

An oceanrower from Ukraine Pavel Rezvoy is one of those five:

Edurne Pasaban&Juanito Oiarzabal - K2

Henk De Velde -North West Passage

Pavel Rezvoy - Atlantic

Nawang Sherpa - Everest

ORS congratulates Pavel on this recognition !!!