Rowing over 2000 miles unassisted requires much more than just strength, stamina and endurance. To be able to successfully circumnavigate Great Britain teams need to understand navigation and the sea’s tidal flow, which is why it’s acknowledged to be the toughest rowing race in the world. Rowing against changeable winds and fast turning tides make this a greater test of endurance and skill than Transocean rowing.
"Having rowed the Mid-Atlantic in 2014 in 39 days and Rowed Around Great Britain in 2017 in 37 days, I am in the unique position of being able to compare the two events. The Mid Atlantic route has the isolation factor of being miles from anywhere and course-plotting is straight forward, the Row Around Great Britain Challenge takes this to the next stage due to need to factor in ever-changing tidal flows, the challenge of navigating busy shipping lanes and the effect the coastline has on the weather conditions. The isolation factor is heightened by being able to see land but never touch it.
So, if you’re looking for a challenge that will test you physically and mentally then the Row Around Great Britain challenge is the one for you. "
- Jeremy Webb
Safety is paramount to GB Row and all teams entering the race will be required to attend relevant sea safety courses and complete a number of training trials at sea. Although the race is tough and unassisted, this doesn’t mean there is no help at hand. The organising team, themselves ocean rowers, maintain contact with teams throughout the race via Y.B. tracker, sat phone and mobile phone when in range.
HOW LONG IS THE RACE:
The World Record at the start of the race stands at 26 days, 9 hours and 9 minutes set by a crew of four men during GB Row 2013.
The Ladies’ World Record stands at 51 days, 16 hours & 42 minutes set during GB Row 2010.
RECORDS TO CHALLENGE:
THE ISLANDERS, a 4 man crew, achieved the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD in June 2013 for “The Fastest Row around the British Mainland (men’s four)” in 26 days.
SAVOIR FAIRE, a 2 man crew from Salcombe Devon, achieved the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD in July 2013 for “The fastest Row around the British Mainland (men’s pair)” in 41 days.
THE SEAGALS, a ladies 4 crew, achieved the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD in Aug 2010 for “The fastest Row around the British Mainland (ladies four)” in 51 days.
Do you think you have what it takes to take on the ultimate rowing challenge?
GB Row are still accepting teams to enter into this incredible race and we have our own
boats available for teams to hire.
Private entry boats
Pairs Boat £1,500.00 + VAT
Fours Boat £3,000 + VAT
Six persons + Boats £4,500 + VAT
Pricing Per Person £750.00
Plus £250.00 + VAT per person administration charge.