Ocean Rowers

The Ocean Rowing Society International (ORSI) has been Guinness World Records' official consultant for ocean rowing since the founding of the Society in 1983. 

Website - https://info.oceanrowing.com

As per 2022

299 women have rowed oceans

169 from the UK

32 from the US

 

 

22 women have rowed solo East to West - Atlantic

 

3 women have rowed solo East to West - Pacific - Sarah Outen (UK), Roz Savage (UK), Lia Ditton (UK), Maud Fontenoy (FR)

2 women have rowed solo East to West - Indian Ocean - Sarah Outen (UK) 124 days , Roz Savage (UK)  157 days

Fastest Woman to SOLO row the Atlantic - Victoria Evans (UK) 40 days, 21hrs, 1 min, Atlantic Ocean 2022 - 35 years old.

1st Woman to row any ocean solo  - Tori Murden  (1999) 81 days - 7 hrs, E-W Atlantic (aged 36 at the time)  -  she crossed the Atlantic Ocean, arriving on the island of Guadeloupe on 3 December 1999, after 81 days 7 hours 31 minutes of rowing from Tenerife, the Canary Islands. During the straight-line 4,770-km (2,965-mile; 2,575-nautical-mile) journey, she faced gusts of wind in excess of 129 km/h (80 mph) and 6.1-m (20-ft) waves in her 7-m (23-ft) boat.

Youngest women to row the Atlantic Ocean - Jasmine Harrison - 21 (2021) - set off on 12th December 2020 and completed the gargantuan challenge in 70 days, 3 hours and 48 minutes, finishing on 20th February 2021.

 

The oldest woman to row an ocean as part of a team is Sara Brewer (UK, b. 12 January 1956), who was 63 years 334 days at the start of her row from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua on 12 December 2019, with her 35-year-old "Row Off The Wall" rowing partner Ann Prestidge

Jan Meek (UK) who holds the record for first mother and son to row any ocean

Kelda Wood (UK) - 1st Adaptive Athlete to row the Atlantic Ocean (2019) - 76 days

Diana Hoff (UK) - 1st UK Woman to row E-W Atlantic Ocean - 1999 - 2000 - 113 days (set off at the same time as Tori Murden)

Roz Savage (UK) - Longest Ocean Row, 1st Female to row the Pacific Ocean in 3 stages, most days at sea, 1st female to row 3 different oceans.

Sarah Outen (UK, b. 26 May 1985) became the first woman to row the Indian Ocean solo (2009), and the youngest person to row the Indian.

Sarah Outen (UK) was both the first woman and the first person to row Mid-Pacfic west to east. from Choshi, Japan, to off Adak, Alaska, USA. The journey took 149 days 13 hr 1 min between 27 April and 23 September 2013 and covered a distance 'as the crow flies' of 2,356 miles (3,792 km; 2,048 nautical miles). Winds and currents started pushing Sarah on to the rocks as she was approaching Alaska, so she was towed from 51:40:52N 176:35:22W, just off Adak Island, to the harbour. Guiness World Record INFO.

Sally Kettle (UK)- first woman to row the Atlantic Ocean twice from East to West, and once with her mother! https://www.sallykettle.com

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Qualification needed to row an ocean

 

It is recommended that all rowers, regardless of crew size have the following training as a minimum:

 

RYA First Aid at Sea

RYA Sea Survival

RYA Essential Seamanship and Navigation

VHF/SRC Radio License

For those entering the Atlantic Challenge organized by Atlantic Campaigns, a bespoke Ocean Rowing Course is mandatory. This is recognized by the Spanish Authorities as a safety essential along with the RYA courses and is a pre-requisite for rowers leaving from Tenerife, La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro.  Other events may also have specific requirements to meet safety requirements and ensure port authorities allow clearance

 

Where can you get these qualifications - UK

 

'Aurora Sea School'  - Burnham-on-Crouch  Dawn@RowAurora.co.uk

Sea Sports - https://www.seasports-sw.com/ocean-rowing  - A Residential Shore-based training for ocean rowers (6 days) including RYA Sea Survival, RYA First aid, Marine SRC (VHF) certificate, RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship skills. 

 

 

Podcasts

The Ocean Rowing Club Podcast - Hosted by Alex Mason - Listen on Spotify  and follow on Facebook @theoceanrowingclub

The Ocean Rowing Podcast - Hosted by Amanda Painter - Episodes are a mix of interviews and Amanda talking about her current situation and thoughts in regards to her plan to row across the Atlantic. 

Facebook Groups 

Oarsome Women of Ocean Rowing  - Have you rowed an ocean, are planning to row an ocean or are you just mulling over the idea (imagining the perfect storm, shark attacks & drowning at sea?) Are you a women? Oarsome, then this group is for you! 

This really is an opportunity to share experiences, and tell the stories that we don’t often hear. Also, it’s to remember that we all stand on the shoulders of giants.... women who have made their mark in the male dominated world of ocean rowing and adventure. Let’s celebrate each other’s achievements, offer support and ask the inevitable questions ... “Are daggerboards really that useful?”, “How do we calculate much ballast should we use?”, “Is it anti-feminist to paint the boat pink?!”

Companies

 

Monkey Fist Adventures - https://monkeyfistadventures.com

Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge (+ will be offering Pacific Ocean Rowing in 2023) https://www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com

The Great Pacific Race - San Francisco to Hawaii  https://greatpacificrace.com

 

Rannoch Adventure has been building BESPOKE ocean rowing boats, catamarans, pedalos, kite boats, paddleboards for over 10 years. https://www.rannochadventure.com

Ocean Rowers on the Tough Girl Podcast

Kelda Wood

Kelda Wood

First female adaptive athlete to summit Aconcagua and row solo across the Atlantic Ocean!

Lindsay Dare Shoop OLY

Lindsay Dare Shoop OLY

Athlete & Educator - Using my physical capacity and love of learning to help people. Author of Better Great Than Never

Lauren Woodwiss

Lauren Woodwiss

Setting the WR for the fastest female pair to row the Atlantic Ocean & 8 weeks later coming 4th female in the Marathon des Sables!

Sarah Outen

Sarah Outen

Sarah Outen - Adventures by land & sea, Author 'Dare to Do’, Psychotherapist-in-training, Award-winning feature film #Home in cinemas now!

Alex Mason

Alex Mason

Thru hiking the Appalachian Trail and planning her next BIG challenge (rowing 2 Oceans)!

Cazz Lander

Cazz Lander

Running ultras, doing 12 challenges in 12 months & training to row the pacific ocean!

Ness Knight

Ness Knight

Accidental adventurer & explorer, whose cycled solo + unsupported 2000 miles across the USA, & first female in history to swim the length of the Thames River!

Lauren Morton

Lauren Morton

Ocean Rower, Adventurer & Bear Grylls - Island Survivor

Sarah Outen

Sarah Outen

Sarah Outen - Adventurer who has just completed her 4.5 year expedition ‘London2London: Via the World’

Helen Butters

Helen Butters

Having a positive mindset during times of immense stress. Lessons learned from rowing the Atlantic Ocean.

Katie Spotz

Katie Spotz

Endurance Athlete & WR Holder. 5X Ironman, cycled across the USA, run 100 miles nonstop in under 20 hours, and rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

Claire Hughes

Claire Hughes

WR holder for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean (mixed crew).

Kiko Matthews

Kiko Matthews

KIK PLASTIC 2019 - Cycling 6,900km around the UK and Ireland’s coasts, beach cleaning and building a community against plastic!

Laura Try

Laura Try

Rowing 3,000 km in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

Dr Suzie Imber

Dr Suzie Imber

Associate Professor of planetary science at the University of Leicester, mountaineer, rower, rock climber, runner

Niki Doeg, Janette Benaddi

Niki Doeg, Janette Benaddi

Yorkshire Rows - Rowing Across the Atlantic Ocean - Guinness World Record Holders

Belinda Kirk

Belinda Kirk

An International Expedition Leader and Founder of Explorers Connect. Was a member of the 1st all female team to row around Great Britain setting a new Guinness World Record.

Elin Haf Davies

Elin Haf Davies

Ocean Rower & Sailor!

Eleanor Carey

Eleanor Carey

Adventurer and Ocean Rower, 2x GWR holder for rowing 2,400 miles across the Pacific Ocean.

Belinda Kirk

Belinda Kirk

Campaigner promoting the benefits of adventure for wellbeing. Author of - Adventure Revolution:The life-changing power of choosing challenge.

Alex Mason

Alex Mason

Thru-Hiker turned Ocean Rower! Rowed the Atlantic Ocean - January 2020

Sally Kettle

Sally Kettle

The Life of an Adventurer after rowing the Atlantic Ocean twice!

Kiko Matthews

Kiko Matthews

Overcame Cushing’s Disease, and the removal of 2 brain tumours to become a Guinness World Record holder as the fastest women to row the Atlantic Ocean!

Guin Batten

Guin Batten

A former professional rower who won an Olympic silver medal in Sydney in 2000

Natalia Cohen

Natalia Cohen

Adventurer & Member of the Coxless Crew:- 1 Boat - 1 Ocean - Fo4r Women.

Roz Savage MBE

Roz Savage MBE

Roz Savage MBE - First woman ever to row solo across 3 oceans; the Atlantic, Pacific & Indian!

Sally Kettle

Sally Kettle

World Record Two-Time Atlantic Ocean Rower