The Row

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean is a risky endeavor no matter which route you take. 

But the North Atlantic? Far more challenging than the Mid Atlantic path most rowers attempt (as made famous by the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge)!

Indeed, though 100+ people rowed the Mid Atlantic last year, less than 60 brave souls ever dared Tom’s planned journey. And for darned good reason!Because when we say the North Atlantic is “risky,”…well, that’s an understatement. That fact is, it’s dangerous as hell.

The largest wave ever recorded?

29 meters/95’ high

and you guess it, it was in the North Atlantic!

Don’t worry; Tom’s not throwing caution to the wind. He’s got a solid plan for traversing the North Atlantic’s perils. 

Still, he’ll face considerable risks from potential storms, iceberg encounters, and close calls with larger ships (who won’t be expecting to see a lone rower crazy enough to be out there on the water)!

Added to the above, Tom accepts the real possibility his boat could capsize or that he’ll exhaust his body beyond the limits of its endurance.

A rollercoaster of experiences

During his journey, Tom’s mind, body, and soul will experience a rollercoaster ride he won’t be able to get off! 

A few things he’s looking forward to:

  • Anxiety
  • Boredom
  • Calmness
  • Confidence
  • Fatigue interference
  • Fear
  • Frustration
  • Loneliness
  • Pain 
  • Pain interference
  • Positive emotions
  • Restfulness
  • Sleepiness

Suffice it to say, this is not going to be a summer picnic…

And that’s the point. This is a personal challenge, similar to Bryce Carlson’s ~39-day Guinness record-breaking North Atlantic adventure. Bryce left St. John’s (Newfoundland, Canada) on June 27, 2018, rowing his heart out for nearly 2,000 miles and finally landing at St. Mary’s Harbor at southwest England’s sandy-beached Isles of Scilly (check out an interactive map of his epic journey). The previous world record for the fastest row was 53 days, 8 hours, and 26 minutes, which Bryce handily blew away! 

Rowing the North Atlantic isn’t exactly becoming a new trend, but there has been an uptick in attempts. Indeed, right now, a few intrepid spirits are gearing up for a go. Behold Ex-Royal Marine Dave “Dinger” Bell’s upcoming NY2UK solo row! Or Pete Rhodes’ Row North Atlantic fundraiser for the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital (RACH)!

As a uniquely challenging endurance sport, ocean rowing around the world is rising with the tide! Ocean Rowing Society International’s new website tracks 994 ocean rowing attempts to date, since the first row in 1896 by George Harboe and Frank Samuelsen. So far, less than ten people have successfully made the North Atlantic crossing solo.