to American Director of the ORS Tom Lynch on his engagement with Svetlana Kanonchyk of
Odessa Ukraine!!! Tom and Sveta will be joining Executive Director Kenneth F Crutchlow and
his wife Tatiana and ORS webmaster Theodor Rezvoy in Los Gigantes Tenerife Oct 6-13 for
the start of American rower Richard Jones' and Russian Rower Viatcheslav Kavtchenko's
attempt to row the Atlantic. For more on Tom and
Sveta's engagement click here or photo.
June 29--Jim Shekhdar left Ilo, Peru, in his boat named Le Shark.Official
start time of row is 17:30GMT. A full escort with lots of wellwishers saw him off. Check
Shekhdar's Home Pagefor further
information and the ORS Progress page for newmaps and chart of progress.
Bon Voyage and God Speed to Jim from all of us at the Ocean Rowing
(June 17th, 2000)--Ilo,
Peru, met Jim Shekhdar at the "Grand Hotel" in
Ilo, after he arrived from Chile. Jim's ocean rowboat called "Le Shark" is now
securely parked on the grounds of the Hotel next to the swimming pool and within 100
feet of the Pacific Ocean. Loading of 8 months worth of supplies is almost complete, the
main job in hand at the moment is installing and testing the communications, which
includes sat phone and Magellan communicator 100.and Service Argos tracking beacon's.
Captain Jorge Guerrero Augustin who is "Captain De Puerto De ILo" has
inspected the ocean rowboat "Le Shark" and has received the official
application for Jim's departure from ILO. Depending on weather departure is hoped
for on Friday 24th July.Paul
Visscher has kindly agreed to supply who request it information from today till departure.
Paul can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
(June 7th 2000)--Valerpariso Chile Within the last few days Jim Shekdhar was
refused permission to leave from Chile as the starting point of his solo row
It was said by a local reporter when asked why permission was denied "
The British arrested General Pinochet for 17 months they are not in the mood right
now to help a Britisher" when the same reporter was asked what would happen if
Mr. Shekhdar left Chile without permission the answer was "the Navy will bring him
back and I expect he will go to jail for 17months". It was shortly after these
comments were that Jim announced he was headed north to Ilo Peru where permission to
depart has been granted him.
voyage to be aborted due to adverse weather.
Celtic Crossing has not called for any outside assistance and the team will be
returning "under their own steam" according to Roy Finlay... PRESS RELEASE
July 28th 2000, at 20.06GMT
Roy Finlay (GB) and Colleen
Cronin (USA) left St.John's, Newfoundland(Canada) on board ocean rowboat
in attempt to become the first male/female crew to row the Atlantic West
Bobbi-Lynn Hennebury from the "Inn of
old" pub St. John's was at the departure, she said "there was a good crowd to
see the rowers off, someone set off fireworks, everybody wished Roy and Colleen good luck.
Two of our fishing boats escorted them out of the harbour. When I last saw them they were
rowing strong with a good following westerly wind and they had cleared the harbour"
McClean (holder of the record for rowing the Atlantic W-E from St Johns to Bishop Rock
Lighthouse, England) from on board his whale boat "MOBY" said tonight "I
wish Roy and Colleen well on their row. I hope they have their communications together and
I hope they have good weather. Good luck and fair wind be theirs"
ORS wishes Roy&Colleen BON VOYAGE !
here for more information. Pedal for the Planet Expedition June,20,
1999-After Steve Smith decided to call it a day with his effort with Pedal for the Planet
project; Jason Lewis continues solo attempting to be the first to circumnavigate the
planet by human power (no motor-no sail). They are the first team to ever cross the
Atlantic from continent to continent (Lisbon, Portugal to Miami, Florida.); and after
crossing the US on bicycles and rollerblades they recently completed their last leg
together from San Francisco to Hawaii in their pedal powered boat Moksha. Bon Voyage
and Safe Journey Jason Lewis and best of luck to Steve Smith with his future endeavours. (Click her for more
Congratulations from ORS to Jason&April on their arrival in
On Apr, 02 Joseph Le Guen was rescued at sea. He developed a severe loss of circulation to
his feet and is presently at a hospital in Chile. It sounds like he's going to lose
several toes. Please go to Joseph's website and wish him well in his
--Famed French rower Joseph Le Guen, having rowed the Atlantic both ways (solo W to
E and double with Pascal Blond E to W), is now attempting to row the Southern
Pacific from New Zealand to Cape Horn--one of the most formidable rows ever attempted.
(click image at right to go to Joseph's official page)
April, 22, 2000:
"HURRICANE HALSEY" returns... After 267 days at sea; having survived five
hurricanes and living off the ocean for the last two months. Ocean rower Andrew Halsey
spent a relaxing weekend in Guerneville , Ca. recuperating from his great effort to row
the Pacific. He is already planning his next attempt leaving in 2001. Andrew will arrive
at Heathrow airport Wed, Apr, 26.
(check out the story in the Press Democrat click here)
Halsey from Great Britain has began his attempt to row the Pacific from San Diego to
Sydney. Andrew is the first disabled rower to ever row an ocean (the Atlantic). And is now
ready to leave for Sydney. The Society will be tracking and mapping Andrews row. More to
(Read Steve Boga's story about Andrews historic Atlantic row clicking here Andrew Halsey .) -and an excellent article from the
(Jan,05,2000)--Port St. Charles Barbados. January 05th 2000-Hi followers of
ocean rowers. I am in the office of Thomas Herbert (thank you Thomas for
your hospitality) who is well known to all those rowers who were in the 1997
Port St Charles Atlantic Challenge rowing race. There is a different
look about the place, as by now Port St Charles is more than twice as big as
it was in 1997 and there is now pool conveniently located so that as future
rowers arrive they can dive straight in. Diana Hoff arrived here yesterday
and although she did not dive into the pool she did have a well deserved
drink sitting next to it. As those who follow this website know Diana Hoff
and Tori Murden left at the same time from Los Gigantes Tenerife on
September 13th.Tori went on to arrive in Guadalupe (on Dec 3rd) making her
the 1st women to row the Atlantic solo. Diana aged 55 becomes the 2nd women
to row the Atlantic and the oldest person to row any ocean (man or women).
Diana tried her
very best to make a landfall under her own power and she got to within 3
miles of Southpoint and could of course see Barbados in all its glory on a
bright sunlit day straight ahead of her. It was not to be, the winds and
current were just too strong for her to row against, she could not make any
headway at all rowing against the wind and current, so she took a tow from
"shady lady" owned by Willie Hassell and was taken directly to Port St.
Charles where she cleared Barbados Immigration and customs requirements.
Diana received a warm welcome from her family and the residents and friends
of Port St. Charles gathered at the newly built "sunset isle" .It is the
intention of Diana to update her log today so please check for that on the
Best regards Kenneth F. Crutchlow Executive Director Ocean Rowing Society
(Jan,2000--PEGGY BOUCHET OF FRANCE HAS
SUCCESSFULLY ROWED FROM CAPE VERDE TO THE WEST INDIES. THIS IS PEGGY'S SECOND
ATTEMPT TO ROW THE ATLANTIC AFTER HER
TRAGIC CAPSIZE 100 MILES OFF THE COAST OF GUADALUPE
LAST YEAR. PEGGY IS THE THIRD WOMAN TO HAVE ROWED THE ATLANTIC SOLO
(CLICK HERE TO GO TO HER FRENCH