Posted by: Helena Smalman-Smith | November 16, 2011

Rows, long rows and statistics

For those that like this kind of thing, here are some numbers. For those that don’t, there’s a picture at the bottom of this posting.

This year’s race is the 7th Atlantic Rowing Race organised by Woodvale or its predecessor companies. There are 17 crews competing (2 solos, 10 doubles, 3 fours and 2 sixes), containing 46 rowers of whom 9 are women.

In the history of ocean rowing, there have to date been 295 completed rows (mostly across the Atlantic Ocean and mostly East to West but some W-E and also across the Indian and Pacific oceans) by 522 rowers, of whom 72 were women. 3 married couples have rowed an ocean together (2 American and 1 British). The record for an E-W Atlantic crossing is 31 and a bit days, the fastest double is 40 and a bit days. There have only ever been 2 mixed doubles faster than 60 days (who did 53 and 55).

All sorts of further statistics can be found on the Ocean Rowing Society’s website here:

This website also has some excellent logs and reports of previous ocean rows (although many of these do not relate to voyages done as part of the organised races, and most are several years back and much of the comms and safety technology has moved on since then):

And now for that promised picture – this shows Helena presenting fellow Thames Valley Skiff Club member Rod Cowan with a Tiger Team mug as a little thank you for “getting with the programme” by doing “twice round the island” trips with her most weeks for the past year. Traditionally, Valley outings have mostly involved going just the once round, but in the interests of longer-distance training, Rod and Helena found that the second loop made for a really decent trip (of 10km, which isn’t long for fine boats, but is reasonably substantial in a skiff).

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