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Ocean Rowing

Below are a few useful resources for anyone considering rowing an ocean. I learned a little about ocean rowing through spending a year or so supporting Sarah Outen’s London2London: via the World expedition. I then spent several months researching it for a chapter of my book on How to Row an Ocean. However, I am not an ocean rower myself.  So, if I have missed any useful links or interesting people below then please just let me know.

Photo courtesy of Chris Martin


The Ocean Rowing Society International

Wonderful set of statistics documenting every ocean row that’s taken place. Lots of old archive material too as well as second hand boats.

The Association of Ocean Rowers

A great simple site as a first port of call for learning the basics. Has a good list of resources and a free-to-download design for building your own boat

Angus Adventure Handbook

Very good overview explaining the basics of ocean rowing. Includes converting a sailing boat for rowing and cheap DIY short-distance rowing kits.

How to Row an Ocean Guide Book

My book How to Get to the North Pole: and Other Iconic Adventures features a chapter dedicated to rowing an ocean. The book will be published in April this year and the individual chapter will be available as an ebook shortly thereafter.

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. Boat builders in the UK include:

Another common option is to buy second hand or even hire. The following sites have listings:

Alternatively, you can get your hands on a design and/or kit to build one yourself:


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

You could also check out: Olly HicksMargaret BowlingJason Lewis and Rachel Smith.

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.

Have I missed something?

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How to Get to the North Pole:

and Other Iconic Adventures

Includes the chapter ‘How to Row an Ocean’

How to Get to the North Pole book

  • Top 10 Best Seller on Amazon’s Discory & Exploration
  • “Highly recommended” – Adventure Travel Magazine
  • Foreword by Sir Ranulph Fiennes
  • Endorsed by Bear Grylls
  • 100% five-star reader rating