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Encyclopedia > Ocean rowing

Ocean rowing is the sport of rowing across oceans. The sport is as much a psychological as it is a physical challenge. Rowers often have to endure long periods at sea with help often many days if not weeks away. The challenge is especially acute for solo rowers who are held in especially high esteem within the sport. The history of ocean rowing is sometimes divided into two eras. The first 12 ocean rows are considered "Historic Ocean rows" within the sport as they were completed with very limited if any modern technology. The subsequent rows are described as "Modern Day rows". Rowing in the Amstel River by a student rowing club. ... Ocean (Okeanos, a Greek god of sea and water; Greek ωκεανός) covers almost three quarters (71%) of the surface of the Earth. ...

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Atlantic rowing

The first ocean to be rowed was the Atlantic which was rowed by George Harbo and Gabriel Samuelsen, both of Norway, in June 1896. The pair left Battery Park, Manhattan on 6 June 1896 arriving in Le Havre, France 55 days and 13 hours later having covered 3,250 miles. The pair also stopped on the Isles of Scilly during their journey. The Atlantic Ocean is Earths second-largest ocean, covering approximately one_fifth of its surface. ... In 1896 Frank Samuelsen (died 1911) and George Harbo (died 1946), were recent emigrants from Norway to the United States. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Manhattan Borough,highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... June 6 is the 157th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (158th in leap years), with 208 days remaining. ... 1896 was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Le Havre is a city in Normandy, northern France, on the English Channel, at the mouth of the Seine. ...


The first solo crossing of any ocean was completed by John Fairfax of Britain on 19 July 1969. He rowed from Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands to Hollywood beach Florida in 180 days. In the same year Tom McClean, also of Britain rowed from Newfoundland, Canada arriving in Blacksod Bay, Ireland on 27 July 1969. Despite having left almost 4 months after Fairfax he came within 8 days of beating Fairfax to the title of first solo rower of any ocean. John Fairfax (1804 - 1877) is notable for the incorporation of the major newspapers of modern day Australia. ... July 19 is the 200th day (201st in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 165 days remaining. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ... Gran Canaria, rarely Grand Canary (archaic), is the second largest island of the Canary Islands, an archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean 210 km from the northwest coast of Africa and belonging to Spain. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Official language(s) English Capital Tallahassee Largest city Jacksonville Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 22nd 170,451 km² 260 km 800 km 17. ... Map of Newfoundland Newfoundland (French: Terre-Neuve; Irish: Talamh an Éisc; Latin: Terra Nova) is a large island off the northeast coast of North America, and the most populous part of the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador. ... July 27 is the 208th day (209th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 157 days remaining. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday For other uses, see Number 1969. ...


On 3 December 1999 Tori Munden of the USA became the first woman to row any Ocean solo when she arrived in Guadeloupe having set off from Tenerife in the Canary Islands 81 days earlier. Flag of Tenerife Tenerife (English also Teneriffe), a Spanish island, is the largest of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Africa. ...


Pacific

Having become the first person to row any ocean solo in 1969, John Fairfax set off from San Francisco in California on 26 April 1971 with Sylvia Cook. After three stops (in Mexico, Fanning Island and the Onotoa Gilbert Islands) the two arrived on Hayman Island in Australia 361 days later on 22 April 1972. In doing so Cook became the first woman to row any Ocean. This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 3rd 410,000 km² 402. ... April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (117th in leap years). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... Tabuaeran: lagoon shore at dusk Tabuaeran is an atoll—one of the Line Islands of the central Pacific Ocean—located at Latitude 3° 51 36 North – Longitude 159° 21 52 West. ... The Cumberland Islands are a group of 70 islands on the Great Barrier Reef, off coast from Mackay, Queensland, Australia. ... April 22 is the 112th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (113th in leap years). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ...


The first person to row the Pacific solo was Peter Bird of Britain. Bird set off from San Francisco, California and arrived at the Great Barrier Reef Australia 294 days later on June 14, 1983. Bird would later die attempting the west to east journey across the Pacific. For other meanings of Pacific, see Pacific (disambiguation). ... June 14 is the 165th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (166th in leap years), with 200 days remaining. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Controversially, Briton Jim Shekhdar later made the claim to be "the first person to row across the Pacific single-handed". Shekhdar had rowed across the Pacific non-stop, solo and unassisted arriving in Australia on 30 March 2001. Some within the sport felt that Shekhdar had not given due credit to the achievement of Peter Bird and the term "unassisted" also came under some scrutiny. March 30 is Martines birthday of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (90th in Leap years). ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ...


Indian Ocean

The Indian Ocean was first crossed by Anders Svedlund of Sweden in 1971. He set off from Kalbarri in Western Australia on April 21, 1971 and arrived near Diego Suarez, Madagascar 64 days later on June 23. April 21 is the 111th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (112th in leap years). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) is a common year starting on Friday (click for link to calendar). ... June 23 is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 191 days remaining. ...


External links

  • The Ocean Rowing Society

 
 

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