Last update February 8 2011

List of successful  ocean rows by oceans, routes and categories
(to be updated)

compiled by Oceanrowing.com


We gratefully acknowledge the support and help of D.H.(Nobby) Clarke
(formally of Guinness Book of Records) for his help and guidance in completing this list.


The first 12 completed oceanrows were all undertaken without water makers, without sat phones,  GPS, EPIRB and liferafts.
In fact, to quote Geoff Allum : "The first oceanrows were done under conditions that were not much different from the days of Columbus"
As Gerard d' Aboville said of his Atlantic row and all oceanrowers from that time ( 1896 - 1982): "We were like test pilots, but without a parachute."
ORS considers that the first 12 rows are
"Historic oceanrows".
Starting with row of Peter Bird ( from San Francisco to Australia, 1982), who had both watermaker and Argos onboard, the rows can be described as
 
"Modern Day Oceanrows".

Historic Oceanrows -

 

Modern Day Oceanrows -    

Atlantic W-E (from the USA) Pair

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM

TO

1

George Harbo

Norway

Fox

3250

June 06 1896

August 01 1896

55 days
13 hours

Battery Park Manhattan
New York (USA)

La Havre (France)
via Isles of Scilly
(England)

Frank (Gabriel) Samuelsen

2

John Ridgway

UK

English Rose III

2485

June 04 1966

September 03 1966

91

Orleans Cape Cod (USA)

Aran Isles (Ireland)

Chay Blyth

Atlantic W-E (from the USA) Solo

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO

1

Gerard d'Aborville

France

Captaine Cook

2735

July 10 1980

September 20 1980

72

Cape Cod (USA) Brest (France)

2

Joseph Le Guen

France

Pour les Sauveteurs
en Mer

2747

June 13 1995

September 24 1995

103

Chatham, Cape Cod (USA) Ile Molene
(Britany France)

3

Emmanuel Coindre

France

Lady Bird

4545

July 29 2002

October  25 2002

87 days 13hours
 59 min

Chatham, Cape Cod (USA) I.d'Ouessant, France

4

Anne Quemere    France Le Connetable

4065

June 3 2004

August 30 2004

87 days 12hours 15min

Chatham, Cape Cod, Mass. (USA)

Meridian of I.d'Ouessant, France (her stated goal)
5 Emmanuel Coindre France Lady Bird 3387

July 9 2004

September 10 2004

62 days 19hours
 48 min
  Fastest crossing
(open class)

Chatham, Cape Cod, Mass. (USA)  Meridian of I.d'Ouessant, France
6 Oliver Hicks UK Miss Olive 3980 May 27 2005 September 28 2005

123 days 22hours
 08min

Atlantic Highlands, NJ, USA  St Mary's, Scilly Isles

Atlantic W-E (from the USA) Four

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO
1 Gijs Groeneveld Netherlands Vopak Victory 3708 May 27 2005 July 27 2005 60 days 16hours 19min Atlantic Highlands, NJ, USA Longitude of Bishop's Rock.
Robert Hoeve
Jaap Koomen
Maarten Staarink
2 Brad Vickers USA James Robert Hanssen - June 10 2006 August 20 2006 71 days 3h 22min
35 sec
Liberty Landing Marina
 Jersey City, NJ

Falmouth,  Port Pendennis Marina, UK

Dylan  Le Valley
Greg Spooner
Jordan Hanssen
3 Andrew Unwin UK Yorkshire Warrior - June 10 2006 August 25 2006 75 days
20 hours
Liberty Landing Marina
 Jersey City, NJ

Longitude of Bishop's Rock

Carl Powell
Mick Cataldo
Paul Tetlow
4 Ben  Fouracre UK Team Hesco - June 10 2006 September 03 2006 84 days 23h 59min Liberty Landing Marina
 Jersey City, NJ

Mavagissey, Cornwall, UK

Charlie  Martell
Mark Waterson
Pete Rowlands
5 Leven Brown UK Artemis Investments   June 17 2010 July 31 2010 43d 21h 26min 48sec Battery Park, Manhattan
NY., USA
 St Mary's, Scilly Isles, UK
Ray Carroll Ireland
Don Lennox UK
Livar Nysted Faroe Islands

 

Atlantic W-E (from Canada) Solo

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO

1

Tom McClean

UK

Super Silver

1680

May 17 1969

July 27 1969

70 days 18h 35m

St Johns
(Newfoundland Canada)
Blacksod Bay
(Ireland)

2

Tom McClean

UK

Skoll 1080

1732

June 16 1987

August 10 1987

55 Modern Day Fastest crossing

St Johns
(Newfoundland Canada)
Bishop Light House (England)

3

Don

Allum

UK

QE3

1720

June 21 1987

September 5 1987

76

St Johns
(Newfoundland Canada)
Dooagh, Ireland

4

Sean Crowley

UK

Finn Again

2160

June 17 1988

September 21 1988

92

Halifax (Canada) Galaway (Ireland)

5

Maud Fontenoy

France

Pilot

4038

June 13 2003

October 9 2003

117 days 14h 10 min

St. Pierre, French territory off Canada

La Coruna, Spain

6

Rob Munslow

UK

Carnegie X-Stream

4038

June 27 2006

Aug 30 2006

64 days 10h 48min

St. John’s, Newfoundland

Rosevear Island, Isles of Scilly, UK

Atlantic W-E (from Canada) Four

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO
1 George Rock UK Naturally Best 2312 May 31 2005 July 10 2005 39 days 22hours 10min 30sec St. Johns, Newfoundland (Canada) Longitude of Bishop's Rock. Then towed to the Isles of Scilly (UK)
Robert Munslow
Nigel Morris
Steven Dawson

Atlantic both directions Solo

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO

1

Don Allum

UK

QE3

2715

January 30 1986

May 23 1986

114

Pasito Blanco
(Tenerife Canary Islands)
Nevis
(West Indies)

1720

June 21 1987

September 5 1987

76

St Johns
(Newfoundland Canada)
Dooagh, Ireland

2

Emmanuel Coindre France Arc-en-Ciel 3024 April 15 2001

June 11 2001

57days
4h30min

Puerto de Mogan
Gran Canaria
(Canaria)

Guadeloupe
Ladybird

4545

July 29 2002

October  25 2002

87 days 13hours
 59 min

Chatham, Cape Cod (USA)

I.d'Ouessant, France
2891 January 7 2004 February 19 2004 42days 14h 32min Rastinga (El Hierro Canary Islands) Guadeloupe
3387 July 9 2004 September 10 2004 62 days 19hours
 48 min
Chatham, Cape Cod, Mass. (USA)  Meridian of I.d'Ouessant, France

3

Anne

Quemere

France

Le Connetable

3099

December 26 2002 February 21 2003 56 days
13 h 09min
San Sebastian,
La Gomera, Canaria
Guadeloupe
4065

June 3 2004

August 30 2004

87 days 12h 15min

Chatham, Cape Cod, Mass. (USA)

Meridian of I.d'Ouessant, France (her stated goal)

 


 

ATLANTIC EAST TO WEST

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Completed Mid-Pacific Ocean Solo Rows E-W

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO
1 Anders Svedlund Sweden Waka Moana 6462 Feb 27 1974 Sept 06 1974 191 Huasco, Chile Apia, West Samoa via Papeete, Tahiti

2

Patrick Quesnel

USA

Hawaiiki 3400 July 14
1976
November 2 1976

111 days

La Push, Washington State (USA)  Hawaii (his stated destination)
3 Peter Bird

(UK)

Britannia II

3400

October  1 1980

Feb  26 1981

147

San Francisco, CA (USA)

  Maui Island, Hawaii via Baja (San Quentin, Mexico)
4 Maud Fontenoy France Oceor

4217

Jan 12 2005 March 26 2005 72 Callao, Lima, Peru Hiva 'Oa, Marquesas Islands
5 Serge Jandaud France Clinique Pasteur Toulouse

6620

June 12 2010

November 23 2010

163d 11h

Callao, Lima, Peru

Wallis Island

 Pacific Ocean E-W Solo Rows 

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO

1

Peter Bird

UK

Hele-on-Britannia

8688

August 23 1982

June 14 1983

294

San Francisco California (USA)
37:47:36N 122:33:17W
Great Barier Reef Australia
(near Lockhart river)
12:00:00S 143:07:48E

2

Mick Bird

US

Reach 2600 Aug 19 1997 Oct 23 1997 64 Fort Bragg, California Kona, Hawaii
1800 Jul 19 1998 Sept 23 1998 65 Hawaii Majuro, Marshall Islands
1100 May 18 1999 Jun 23 1999 36 Majuro, Marshall Islands Solomon Island
1200 Jul 11 1999 Aug 1 1999 21 Solomon Island Cairns, Australia

3

Jim Shekhdar

UK

Le Shark 10652 June 29 2000 March 30 2001 273d 13h 12min Ilo, Peru 17:38:31S 71:21:00W N Stradbroke Isl., Australia
27:32:24S 153:30:00E

4

Erden Eruc

Turkey

Around-n-Over 9493 July 10  2007 May 17 2008 312d 2h Bodega bay, CA. USA Off the coast of New Guinea, Indonesia
0:01:05N 144:37:05E

5

Ralph Tuijn

Netherlands

Zeeman Challenge 8736 March 14  2007 Aug 24 2007 163 Callao, Lima, Peru

Atafu Atoll,
Tokelau Islands

Oct 19 2007 Nov 27 2007 38

Atafu Atoll,
Tokelau Islands

Off the coast of Fiji
Apr 27 2008 July 16 2008 80 Fiji (15 miles off  the coast of Port Denerau) Off the coast of  port Rabaul (Island of New Britain, Papua New Guinea)
Total:
281d 7h

6

Alex Bellini

Italy

Rosa d'Atacama t.b.c. Feb 21  2008 Dec 12 2008 294d 7h Callao, Lima, Peru The Coral Sea, Australia

7

Roz Savage

UK

Brocade 2545 May 25 2008 Sept 01 2008 99 days San Francisco, USA Oahu, Hawaii
2681 May 24 2009 September 6 2009 104 days 21h 30m Waikiki, Hawaii Tarawa,  Kiribati
April 18 2010 June 3 2010 46 days Tarawa,  Kiribati Madang, Papua New Guinea

 Pacific Ocean E-W Pair Rows

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO

1

John Fairfax

UK

Britannia II

8041

April 26 1971

April 22 1972

361

San Francisco California (USA)
37:47:36N 122:33:17W
via Ensanada Mexico
&Washington island
& Fanning Island(Line Island)
& Onotoa Gilbert Islands
to Hayman Island (Australia)
20:02:24S 148:31:12E
Sylvia Cook

2

Curtis Saville

USA

Excalibur Pacific

9673

July 04 1984

July 31 1985

189

Callao (Peru) via Galapagos
&Pago Pago
&Marquises
&New Hebrides
to Cairns (Australia)
16:36:36S 145:25:48E
Kathleen Saville

 Pacific Ocean W-E Solo Rows

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO

1

Gerard d’Aboville

France

Sector

6200

July 11 1991
08.00GMT

November 21 1991
20.15GMT

134d 12hr 15min

Choshi (Japan)

Ilwaco Washington State (USA)

2

Emmanuel Coindre

France

Somewhere

5988

June 24 2005

November 1 2005 129d 17h 22min

Choshi (Japan)

Coos Bay, Ore. USA


 Pacific Ocean W - E
Pair Rows

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO

1

Mick Dawson

UK

Bojangles

5082

May 8 2009

November 13 2009

189

Choshi (Japan) San Francisco, USA
Chris Martin

 



Indian Ocean E - W

 Indian Ocean Solo 

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO

1

Anders Svedlund

Sweden

Roslagena

4313

April 21 1971

June 23 1971

64

Kalbarri (Western Australia)

A beach near Diego Suarez, Madagascar

2

Simon Chalk

UK

True Spirit

4027

February 27 2003

June 15 2003

107

Kalbarri (Western Australia) Longitude of Rafael Island

3

Pavel Rezvoy

Ukraine

Ukraine

2977

September 13 2005

November 9 2005

57

Keeling Islands (Australia) Mahe, Seychelles

4

Sarah Outen

UK

Serendipity

3600

April 1 2009

August 3 2009

124

Fremantle, Western Australia Mauritius
5 Erden Eruc Turkey Around-d-Over

5523

July 13 2010

November 26 2010

136

Carnarvon, WA. Mahajanga, Madagascar
March 26 2011 April 20 2011 25d Mahajanga, Madagascar Cidade de Angoche, Mozambique
6 Roz Savage

UK

Sedna   April 30 2011 October 4 2011 157 Carnarvon, WA. Mauritius

 Indian Ocean Pair/Solo

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO

1

John Williams

UK

Warrior 3935

March 24 2007

July 10 2007

107

Fremantle (West Australia) Longitude of Rodriguez Island
Glenn Edwards Canada 3450 June 22 2007 89 picked up

 Indian Ocean Pair 

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO
1 Guy  Watts UK Flying Ferkins 3600 April 19 2009 July 30 2009 102d 13h 40min

Geraldton, Western Australia

Port Louis, Mauritius

Andrew Delaney

2

James

 Thysse

UK

Southern Cross

3600

April 19 2009

July 31 2009

103d 9h 26min

Geraldton, Western Australia Port Louis, Mauritius
James Facer-Childs
3 Ben Stenning UK Indian Runner 2 3600 April 21 2011 August 14 2011 115d 7h 45min Geraldton, Western Australia Port Louis, Mauritius
James Adair

 Indian Ocean  "Four"

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO
1 Phil McCorry UK Bexhill Trust Challenger 3600 April 19 2009 June 26 2009
22:40GMT
68d 19h 40min Geraldton, Western Australia Port Louis, Mauritius
Nick McCorry
Matt  Hellier
Ian  Allen
2 Sarah  Duff UK Pura Vida 3600 April 19 2009 July 6 2009 78 days Geraldton, Western Australia Port Louis, Mauritius
Fiona Waller
Jo  Jackson
Elin Haf Davis
3 Tom Wigram UK Rowing for Prostate 3600 April 19 2009 July 9 2009 81 days Geraldton, Western Australia Port Louis, Mauritius
Billy  Gammon NZ
Mat Hampel NZ
Pete  Staples UK
4 James Kayll UK Indian Runner 4 3600 April 21 2011
23:20GMT
July 6 2011
10:41GMT
75d 11h 21m Geraldton, Western Australia Port Louis, Mauritius
Edward Wells
Oliver Wells
Tom Kelly

 

Indian Ocean "Eight"

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO
1 Angela Madsen USA  Aud Eamus 3600 April 28 2009 June 25 2009 15:02GMT 58d 15h 08min Geraldton, Western Australia Port Louis, Mauritius
Helen  Taylor UK
Bernard Fissett Belgium
Doug Tumminello USA
Brian  Flick USA
Paul Cannon UK
Ian Couch UK
Simon Chalk UK


Arctic Ocean - Rows Above the Polar Circle

 Arctic Ocean  E-W Solo

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO

1

Eugene Smurgis

Russia

Pella Fiord

570

June 24 1988

Aug 8 1988

 

Tiksi, Russia Khatanga, Russia
 

July 20 1990

Sept 24 1990

  Khatanga, Russia Dikson via Cape Chelyuskin , Russia

 Arctic Ocean  E-W / N-S  Pair

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO

1

Eugene Smurgis

Russia

Max-4

 

July 20 1992 Sept 30 1992

 

Dikson, Russia Murmansk, Russia
Alexander Smurgis  

June 4  1993

Sept 1 1993   Murmansk, Russia London, UK

Arctic Ocean S - N Pair

1

Sören  Kjellkvist

Sweden

Albedo   July 19 2017 August 7 2017 18d 23hrs 13min Tromso, Norway Barentsbourg, Svalbard
Glenn Mattsing

Arctic Ocean E-W Four  

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO

1

Paul Ridley

USA

Arctic Row

1000

July 17th 2012  19:39GMT

August 26th 2012 22:46GMT

40 days 3hrs 07 min

Inuvik, Canada Point Hope, Alaska
Collin  West
Neal  Mueller
Scott  Mortensen

 

Arctic Ocean S - N Five

NO

FIRST
NAME

SURNAME

COUNTRY

BOAT

MILES

DEPART

ARRIVAL

DAYS

FROM TO

1

 Fiann Paul Iceland

Polar Row

600

July 20 2017  07:30GMT

July 30 2017
06:56GMT

9d 23hrs 26min

Tromso, Norway Longyearbyen, Svalbard
via Hornsund, Svalbard
Tathagata Roy India
Jeff Willis UK
Carlo  Facchino USA            
Tor Wigum Norway

 

 

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