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.
Wonderful set of statistics documenting every ocean row that’s taken place. Lots of old archive material too as well as second hand boats.
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
Very good overview explaining the basics of ocean rowing. Includes converting a sailing boat for rowing and cheap DIY short-distance rowing kits.
These guys organise the majority of ocean rowing races but also have useful resources, and can provide logistical support.
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.
Margaret Bowling also has a useful set of links on her website.
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:
- Association of Ocean Rowers – For Sale
- Woodvale Challenge – Boats For Sale and Rent
- Ocean Rowing Society – Rowboats For Sale
Alternatively, you can get your hands on a design and/or kit to build one yourself:
- Association of Ocean Rowers – Building your own boat
- Woodvale – New builds and kits
- 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.
- Woodvale Challenge – Lots of events including Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
- Bouvet Guayane – Solo race across the Atlantic to French Guyana.
- New Ocean Wave – Planning a 2014 Pacific Rowing Race
- GB Row – Rowing race around Great Britain
Have I missed something?
How to Get to the North Pole:
and Other Iconic Adventures
Includes the chapter ‘How to Row an Ocean’
- 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