Around-n-Over — about our ocean rowing boat

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Ocean Rowing as a Challenge

Over 4.000 individuals have climbed Everest. The number of ocean rowers to successfully cross an ocean is just about 350. According to the compilation of statistics from the Ocean Rowing Society (as of July, 2008), 347 rowers had completed an ocean row, only 352 boats had ever been launched to cross any ocean by rowing. Of these, 225 boats completed their voyage, losing 7 rowers at sea. The average age of an ocean rower was 36. United Kingdom leads the statistics by over 100 boats which have completed any ocean row.

Wikipedia entry for ocean rowing says: 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.

Bavaria 30 Ocean boat

The first known rowing expedition to complete an ocean crossing was by George Harbo and Gabriel Samuelson, both Norwegian immigrants to the United States. Between June 6 and August 1, 1896, these two hardy men left Battery Park in Manhattan, New York in an open boat and rowed in 55 days across the Atlantic Ocean to the Isles of Scilly in south western corner of England. The book Daring the Sea is a recount of their experience.

The next successful row to be completed across an ocean did not occur until 1966 when John Ridgeway and Sir Chay Blyth rowed from Cape Cod to Ireland. It was Sir Chay who approached designer Philip Morrison and his partner/builder Peter Spud Rowsell in 1995 to design a rowing boat capable of undertaking a competitively rowed ocean passage. To accommodate two people with their stores and to allow simple construction worldwide.

Bavaria 30 Ocean boat

Sir Chay Blyth had formed the Challenge Business to serve as a vehicle to organize regattas, which also handled ocean rowing regattas from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean Islands. The first regatta took place in 1997 with 24 out of 30 boats that started crossing the finish line. These identical double-handed boats are now known as the ARR (Atlantic Rowing Race) design. The regattas are now organized by Woodvale Events and the second generation boats are made using a composite molded hull.

The design had to be simple to distribute as a kit to all regatta participants, and result in almost identical boats to enter the race. The goal would be to allow seamanship and pure athletic effort to determine the outcome, and not the depth of one’s pockets in finding better boat designers. This also was a safety consideration to ensure that a self righting, self bailing, stable ocean going boat would be available to those interested in pursuing this unusual pastime.

The boat design has a multi-chine hullform in plywood varying in thickness between 1/4 (6 mm) and 3/8 (9 mm), allowing easier construction. The parts in the kit are all laser cut to interlock in a self-jigging arrangement which does not require any molds. These are glued together with epoxy resin, reinforced with fiberglass, then smoothed as necessary. Multiple bulkheads each watertight are accessible via hatches. These provide storage space for food and gear during the crossings. If any one of the bulkheads springs a leak for some unforeseen reason, the boat is still designed to remain virtually unsinkable. The concensus is that the ARR boat design in the end did accomplish the goal of standardizing the ocean rowing vessels for safe crossings.

Bavaria 30 Ocean boat

Bavaria 30 Ocean boat

The ocean rowing boat: Calderdale

Calderdale was built in 2001 in England. We purchased her after she served in two successful Atlantic crossings. She arrived at Seattle in a container in October 2004. This will be the boat to use in the upcoming ocean rowing phases.

Bavaria 30 Ocean boat

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