Ocean Rowing Resources
How To Row An Ocean EBOOK
The only ocean rowing guide book.
“The perfect resource” – Bear Grylls
“An excellent book” – Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Wonderful set of statistics documenting every ocean row that’s taken place. Lots of old archive material too as well as second hand boats.
Very good overview explaining the basics of ocean rowing. Includes converting a sailing boat for rowing and cheap DIY short-distance rowing kits.
Newly published as an ebook in April 2015, I believe this is the only guidebook available to tell you everything you need to know about planning an ocean rowing expedition.
Buying an Ocean Rowing Boat
No one stocks ready-built ocean rowing boats. You generally have to commission one to be built for you, either from a template or customised to your requirements. Current ocean rowing boat builders include:
(N.B. Woodvale no longer exists, their Atlantic event is now run by Atlantic Campaigns and Simon Chalk from the company has set up Oceanus. Similarly, Jamie Fabrizio’s Global Boat Works doesn’t seem to be around any longer).
Another common option is to buy second hand ocean rowing boats or even hire a boat. The following sites have listings:
Alternatively, you can get your hands on a design and/or kit to build one yourself:
- Association of Ocean Rowers – this website used to have plans for self-building but longer does.
- Woodvale – they used to offer entire flat-pack kits but sadly no longer exist.
- Angus Rowboats – For shorter journeys.
A Dip in the Ocean
I was Logistics Manager on Sarah’s second expedition…
Pedalling to Hawaii
Pedal boat rather than rowing but a fantastic story…
Daring the Sea
The first men to row the Atlantic…
Rowing the Atlantic
Roz has since also rowed the Pacific and Indian oceans…
Ocean Rowers and Bloggers
There are, obviously, many people who have rowed oceans. In fact, you can see the whole list here. But below are a few who are currently active and/or maintain blogs that you might like to follow:
- Roz Savage – Rowed across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans
- Sarah Outen – First woman to row the Indian. About to row the North Pacific then Atlantic.
- Chris Martin – Rowed the Pacific ocean with Mick Dawson. Now runs regular talks in London. (For more similar talks, check out Explorers Connect).
- Erden Eruc – Already rowed all three major oceans but is still going with the aim of climbing some big mountains.
- Colin Angus – Rowed the Atlantic, the Bering Straits on a converted sailboat, and set a record around Vancouver Island
Ocean Rowing Races and Events
Rowing races tend to vary year on year but here are a couple of current events. Know of another one? Let me know.
- New Ocean Wave – Great Pacific Race and NOMAN Race in the Mediterranean.
- Atlantic Campaigns – run the Talisker Whistey Atlantic Challenge.
- Oceanus – Pay per seat record attempts across the Atlantic Ocean.
- Bouvet Guayane – Solo race across the Atlantic to French Guyana.
- GB Row – Rowing race around Great Britain
- Shoreseeker Challenge – race across the Western Mediterranean.