Ocean Rowing – Records

Almost 300 people have rowed across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Some records that stand out are:

First to row across an Ocean:
Norwegians George Harbo and Gabriel Samuelsen rowed across the Atlantic from New York to France in 1896.

First to row across an Ocean in the twentith century:
John Ridgeway and Chay Blyth of Britain rowed from Massachusetts (Cape Cod) to Ireland in 1966.

First woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean:
Kathleen Saville, USA,  rowed in tandem with Curtis Saville from Morocco to the Caribbean Islands, 1981.

First woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean, mainland to mainland:
Julie Wafaei of Canada rowed from Portugal to Costa Rica with Colin Angus in 2006.

First to row across the Indian Ocean:
Anders Svedlund of Sweden rowed solo across the Indian Ocean from Australia to Madagascar in 1971.

First to row across the Pacific Ocean:
Silvia Cook and John Fairfax of Britain were the first to row across the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco to Australia in 1972.

First woman to row across the Pacific Ocean (and first woman to row any ocean):
Silvia Cook of Britain rowed the Pacific with John Fairfax in 1972.

First to row across the Bering Sea
Colin Angus and Tim Harvey of Canada rowed from Alaska to Russia in 2004.

First to row from mainland Europe to mainland South America:
Stein Hoff of Norway rowed from Portugal to Guyana in 2002.

First row from mainland Africa to mainland South America:
Amyr Khan Klink of Brazil rowed from Namibia to Brazil in 1984.

First row from mainland Europe to mainland North America:
Julie Wafaei and Colin Angus of Canada rowed from Portugal to Costa Rica in 2006.

Fastest to row across the Atlantic Ocean
Charles Hedrich of France rowed from Senegal, Africa to Brazil in 36 days and 6 hours in 2007.