2 New World Records!
GB Row 2013 winners The Islanders set a new 4 man world record of 26days 09hrs 09mins on June 27 and second placed Savoir Faire set a new pairs world record of 41 days 4 hours and 38 minutes on July 12 in
GBRow 2013 THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST ROWING RACE
- epic 2,000 miles non-stop race around Britain’s coast
Jason and Josh tell us how they feel at the finish
Interview with Capts. Hamish Reid and Nick Dennison
Hamish and Nick are the only other pair to have rowed around Britain. They attended the finish and talk here about the comparisons between their journey in 2010 and this year’s race.
RACE FINISH July 12
Two west country men who have spent the last 26 days rowing 2,000 miles non-stop around Britain set a new world record when they reached Tower Bridge at at 12.54BST today (Friday).
Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr, from Salcombe, Devon knocked 11 days off the existing world record when they came home after 41 days 4 hours and 38minutes at sea in a rowing boat no bigger than a family saloon Read more >
SAVOIR FAIRE RETURN FRIDAY LUNCHTIME
Latest estimate for finish: Between 12.00 and 13.00
GBRow 2103 race organisors now expect Savoir Faire’s arrival back at Tower Bridge in London to be between 12.00 and 13.00 on Friday, July 12. Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr, from Salcombe, will set a new world record for a pair rowing around Britain of 41 days.
RACE UPDATE 07.30BST Jul 12
This morning Jason and Josh are at anchor near the Greenwich Peninsula, just down river from the O2 Dome. They will make the last leg once the tide turns at about 11.30. They will row to the finish at Tower Bridge, before meeting families and wellwishers at HMS PRESIDENT, the Royal Naval Reserve Station near St Katharine’s Dock.
NEW BLOG from Savoir Faire 19.45 Jul 11.
Tonight Jason and Josh are at anchor just up river from the QE II bridge at the Dartford Crossing. They will wait for the tide to turn in the early hours of the morning and make their way on the flood tide to near Greenwich. There they will anchor again for the last tide to the finish tomorrow lunchtime. New blog in tonight. Read more>
VIDEOBLOG Jason McKinlay of Savoir Faire Jul 10
Jason looks back on rounding the corner at Cape Wrath and the roller coaster sea conditions they found when they got there.
RACE UPDATE 10.00BST Jul 10
Bang on time! Savoir Faire hoped to reach Aldeburgh, Suffolk by 10.00 this morning to be on track to finish on Friday. At 10 am exactly they off Aldeburgh, doing 4knots with just one rower at the oars. They plan to keep going even when the tide turns. Read more>
RACE UPDATE 08.00BST Jul 10
There’s now less than 100 miles to go to the finish, folks! Josh Tarr and Jason McKinlay in Team Savoir Faire are now south of Southwold, heading towards Felixstowe. At this stage we are still looking at a Friday finish at Tower Bridge in London and a new World Record for a pair rowing around Britain. More later
RACE UPDATE 22.00BST Jul 09
Savoir Faire pair Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr are in a hurry to get home. Tonight they had past Great Yarmouth and were making 5knots, taking full advantage of the tide.
RACE UPDATE 17.00BST Jul 09
Savoir Faire are at anchor just south of Happisburgh on the Norfolk coast, 139miles from the GBRow 2013 finish. At this stage it now looks likely Jason McKinlay, left, and Josh Tarr will reach Tower Bridge early on Friday afternoon (July 12). This could change during the week due to weather and tidal conditions. Read more>
VIDEO from Savoir Faire Jul 09
Jason McKinlay of Savoir Faire rowing hard off the Norfolk coast to get to the finish of GBRow and a new world record:
RACE UPDATE 07.00BST Jul 09
Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr in Team Savoir Faire are predicting they will reach the finish of GBRow 2013 the world’s toughest rowing race on Friday or Saturday. They are now just four miles off the Norfolk coast, near Sheringham. Read more>
RACE UPDATE 20.30BST Jul 08
Savoir Faire are eating up the miles. Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr are now just 20 miles from the Norfolk coast and 170 miles from the finish at Tower Bridge. A cracking new world record is about to be set. Expect them home later this week, if the weather holds.
RACE UPDATE 09.00BST Jul 08
Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr are more than halfway through their ‘big crossing’ – the 100-mile leap from Yorkshire to Norfolk. With another day of cracking weather ahead of them, the pair in Savoir Faire are now 185miles from the finish at Tower Bridge.
RACE UPDATE 00.21BST Jul 08
Savoir Faire are now at anchor – a third of the way through the ‘big crossing’ direct to Norfolk from Flaborough Head. After completing nearly 20 miles of the 100 miles crossing, Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr are now just over 200 miles from the finish.
RACE UPDATE 16.00BST Jul 07
They’ve gone for the drop, folks! Conditions are judged just right for Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr in Savoir Faire to be able to make The Big One – the 100-mile row direct from Flamborough Head to Cromer on the north Norfolk coast. They are now more than ten miles into the two-day crossing. Just over 250 miles left to the finish.
RACE UPDATE 08.30BST Jul 07
They’re on target, folks! Savoir Faire will reach Flamborough Head within the hour – just as they predicted. Once they reach the way point, near Bridlington, Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr will make a decision whether to strike out direct to Norfolk or hug the Lincolnshire coast. The weather has come good and is perfect for striking out. More later
VIDEO from Jason of Savoir Faire Jul 06
A glimpse into the life of a long distance rower – Jason shows us how he uses tide charts to work out when the tides will be in Savoir Faire’s favour or against them:
RACE UPDATE 21.30BST Jul 06
Savoir Faire now at anchor just off the harbour mouth at Whitby, North Yorkshire, resting up and waiting for the tide to turn. 266miles left to finish.
RACE UPDATE 18.00BST Jul 06
Team Savoir Faire have set themselves a target of rowing 50 miles in 24 hours, which means they will reach Bridlington tomorrow morning. Then they will have to decide whether to take a big risk and row 100 miles across open water. Read more>
RACE UPDATE 08.16BST Jul 06
Exactly five weeks since GBRow began on Jun 1, Savoir Faire – the only team still racing after 35 days – have reached Hartlepool, with less than 300 miles left to the finish. They are still battling SW winds but the wind will switch in their favour tomorrow. Read more>
VIDEO from Jason and Josh of Savoir Faire Jul 05
Jason and Josh in calmer conditions off the coast of Northumberland today
RACE UPDATE 22.00 Jul 05
After almost 24 hours at the oars, Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr in Savoir Faire are now just north of Newcastle, with 308 miles to go to the finish. Winds that have been strong from the south all day are now easing.
GBRow 2013 race director Chris Usborne calculates that Savoir Faire – the last boat still racing – will reach the finish at Tower Bridge in about a week, if the weather continues to hold. His latest blog includes a long chat with Jason McKinlay. Read more>
RACE UPDATE 08.00BST Jul 05
They’re on the move folks! After 18 frustrating hours at anchor yesterday, Savoir Faire are now just north of Amble, with 327miles to the finish. They will pass Newcastle today as the weather – and particularly the wind – looks to improve over the weekend. Read more>
RACE UPDATE 18.00BST Jul 04
Savoir Faire are still at anchor on the Northumberland coast, just south of the Farne Islands, pinned down by strong headwinds. Check out this latest photo, left, from Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr of life in the claustrophobic cabin. Imagine spending five weeks in here, unable to leave the boat! The wind is expected to drop later tonight and the only boat still left in the race will hopefully continue the long row home.
RACE UPDATE 8.00BST Jul 04
Strong southerly winds have forced Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr to anchor again, north of Craster on the Northumberland coast, with 340 miles to go to the finish. Read more>
RACE UPDATE 22.30BST Jul 03
Just over 24 hours of continuous rowing have brought Savoir Faire almost 50 miles closer to the finish at Tower Bridge. Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr are now past Holy Island and heading towards the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast. Josh said tonight: “Been a good day we should be able to keep going until the early hours. Good weather helps!”
RACE UPDATE 15.00BST Jul 03
After 16 days in Scottish waters, Team Savoir Faire have crossed the border and are now heading for Berwick-on-Tweed and the finish, 357miles away at Tower Bridge. More later.
RACE UPDATE 14.00BST Jul 03
England ahoy! In the next hour Savoir Faire will cross the border into English waters. After rowing non-stop since 19.30 yesterday, Josh Tarr and Jason McKinlay are south of Eyemouth are travelling at almost 3knots, making great progress.
RACE UPDATE 07.30BST Jul 03
After rowing all night, Savoir Faire, the only team still racing in GBRow 2013 have now crossed the Firth of Forth in some of the worst sea conditions of the entire race. Josh Tarr and Jason McKinlay are currently off Dunbar in Berwickshire – just 18 miles from English waters and 377miles to the finish. Read more>
VOICEBLOG Jason McKinlay of Savoir Faire July 02
BLOG from Savoir Faire Jul 02
New blog in from Josh Tarr of Savoir Faire at anchor near St Andrews: Real progress at last; Wind; English waters and Fruit & Nut bars! Read more>
RACE UPDATE 07.00BST Jul 02
Savoir Faire are safely across the mouth of the River Tay and at anchor in the lee of land near St Andrews, waiting for expected storm later. Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr, the last team still competing in GBRow 2013, now have less than 400 miles to row to the finish.
RACE UPDATE 22.00BST Jul 01
Savoir Faire, the only boat left competing in GBRow 2013, is now 2miles past the point wheere they were forced to turn back yesterday. Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr are heading for Fife Ness, six miles away. They now have less than 40miles to English waters.
RACE UPDATE 20.00BST Jul 01
Savoir Faire are on the move again, after almost 24 hours at anchor. Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr are now heading south from Arbroath towards Ness Point, rowing with the tide but against a light headwind. They have made around 2.5miles in the last hour. More later
VIDEO from Peter Banks on Youtube
Islanders supporter Peter Banks shot video footage of the team as they passed the Dome.
More photos and comment on Peter’s BlogSpot blog
RACE UPDATE 14.00BST Jul 01
Message from Josh Tarr on Savoir Faire, currently at anchor in Arbroath harbour: “We’re weighing up moving around 5pm, to Fife Ness. It should be possible but we’re trying to be a little cautious because there’s a big southerly coming in tomorrow morning that we’ll need to shelter from!” Watch your trackers later this afternoon, folks…
VOICEBLOG from Savoir Faire 10.00BST Jul 01
RACE UPDATE 09.00BST Jul 01
One month after GBRow 2013 began, Savoir Faire, the only team left racing, are at anchor again in Arbroath, considering their options with gales forecast soon. Read more>
A Piece of History
The route navigated by the record breaking 2005 team led by Will de Laszlo has been plotted in full detail on a maritime chart. A high resolution copy of this was one of the resources for teams entering GB Row 2013, so that rowers in the 2013 event will be armed with valuable information from the 2005 event to help them plan their own routes. We’ll also be using it during the race to see how the 2013 crews are faring against the pace set by the 2005 World Record holders. You can track the progress of this year’s race on our racetracker viewer