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




Rachel Smith
has represented Great Britain in World and European Dragon Boat Racing Championships and holds an astounding 25 medals, including two World Records.In 2008, Rachel and friend Lin Griesel rowed in the two-handed Atlantic Race, from the Canary Islands to Antigua in 76 gruelling days, surviving a terrifying capsize just 300 miles from the finish line. They raised over £60,000 for Breast Cancer Care. They won the woman's pair class and Rachel describes the experience as both the most rewarding and yet the most difficult thing she has ever done!

Rachel will be talking about this experience on Saturday 30th January 4-4.45pm:
'Living the Dream: rowing and capsizing in the Atlantic'

Sarah Outen
After university, Sarah Outen didn't get a job in the City like lots of her contemporaries; she announced her plans to row solo across the Indian Ocean. She didn't let the fact that she has never rowed on anything other than English rivers and that she had no boat or money to buy one stand in her way. In the summer of 2009 she rowed f4,000 miles from Australia to Mauritius in 124 days. It took her 1 failed attempt, 500 bars of chocolate, two broken oars and litres of suncream to do it. She claimed two world records in the process as the first woman and youngest person to row solo across the Indian Ocean, as well as the youngest woman solo rower on any ocean. But this journey was not all about chasing records. The motivation was the untimely death of her father, shortly after her 21st birthday in 2006. He was just 53. Having watched her father’s health deteriorate over the years as rheumatoid arthritis ravaged his body, Sarah decided to dedicate her row to his memory and fundraise for arthritis charities. To date she has raised £30,000, smashing her original target of £20K.

Sarah will be talking about this experience on Sunday 31st January 4-4.45pm:
'Rowing Across the Indian Ocean - Alone'



Press Release:
December 09


Beyond the Beach

Make 2010 The Year of the Big Trip


Adventure Travel Live: 29 to 31 January 2010, Royal Horticultural Halls, Victoria, London

80 Vincent Square
London, SW1P 2PE

What’s your idea of an adventure?

Thundering across the Mongolian plains on horseback? Flying above Kazakhstan’s spectacular glaciers in a helicopter? Cycling through the heart of Tokyo? White water rafting in Costa Rica? Photographing Polar Bears in the Arctic? Travelling by bus from London to Sydney?

Whatever you have in mind check out Adventure Travel Live, the UK’s biggest adventure travel event, with over 60 specialist companies offering information and practical advice on how to book the trip of a lifetime.

You’ll learn that adventures come in all shapes and sizes; from rafting weekends in Morocco to six month long overland trips around Africa. And with specialist tour operators such as Wild Frontiers, Journey Latin America, Audley Travel, Dragoman and Intrepid Travel the show will open your eyes to a huge range of unusual destinations such as Iraq, Bolivia, Yemen, Namibia and the Polar regions.

You can meet specialists in gap year travel, volunteer and conservation projects such as STA Travel, African Conservation Experience, Coral Cay Conservation and Frontier Conservation.

If you’re planning your own big trip there’s plenty of practical advice on offer. Find out how Big Earth planned Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman’s motorcycle adventures; get navigation and mapping advice from the Royal Geographical Society; get tips on filming your adventure from the Nat Geo Adventure team; advice on what to take with you from travel preparation specialist Nomad; and learn how to stay safe whilst you travel with companies like Pilgrims and Safe Gap Year.

There will be over 60 talks at the show offering practical advice on a wide range of travel topics ranging from how to get the best airline tickets at the best prices to how to social network your way around the world. The impressive line up of experts speaking at the show includes Simon Calder, Tony Wheeler, Johnny Bealby, Ducan Milligan, Peter Moore, Benedict Allen and Ben Fogel.

So if you want to do something more adventurous than sunbathing on the beach this year, blaze a trail to Adventure Travel Live to learn about some of the most inspiring adventures on the planet.
For tickets call 0871 2307159 or visit  to find out more


Advance price:
Friday 29 Jan/ adults / £6 / (£15 for the evening with Simon Calder)
Saturday 30 Jan/ adults / £6
Sunday 31 Jan/ adults / £6

On door price:
Friday 29 Jan/ adults / £10 / (£18 for the evening with Simon Calder)
Saturday 30 Jan/ adults / £10
Sunday 31 Jan/ adults /£10
under 16s free go free
Notes to journalists:
Event sponsors & supporters include: STA Travel, Nat Geo Adventure, Big Earth,

For further information, interviews, photographs or logos please contact:
Emma Dowson on  or 020 8543 7436/07726 321622.

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