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Indian Ocean Row

The 7 person crew aboard Avalon will be the first in history to row, continent to continent, across the Indian Ocean. This will be a Guinness World Record attempt. The last attempt was made by Ralph Tuijn in 2013 who narrowly escaped death when his rowing boat was crushed by a container ship, and the closest people have reached is Madagascar and Mauritius.

However there have  been ocean rows on the Indian Ocean before.

The first ever  Indian Ocean Row was undertaken by Anders Svedlund of Sweden in 1971. He set off from Kalbarri in Western Australia on 29 April 1971 and arrived near Diego Suarez, Madagascar, 64 days later on 23 June. The World Record for the fastest crossing was set in 2013 by Maxime Chaya, Stuart Kershaw and Livar Nysted. They arrived in Mauritius 57 days, 15 hours, and 49 minutes after setting off from Geraldton, Western Australia. They were the first 3 man team to cross the Indian or any ocean.

  • 17 boats have successfully crossed the Indian Ocean; starting from Australia and finishing on an island in the West Indian Ocean
  • 42 people have rowed the ocean.

Route

Geraldton, Australia – Durban, South Africa

The East to West Indian Ocean route leaves from Geraldton and arrives in Durban. Conditions aboard the boat will vary greatly; some days will be calm and hot, others could include torrential downpours and 60 foot waves. The winds and currents will take the rowers generally towards there target.

Distance: 5000 miles (8000km)

 

Dates & Timelines

Meeting date: 5 May 2014

Leave date: 10am, 11 June 2014 (depending on the weather)

 

Team

Leven Brown (Skipper, Scotland)
Cameron Bellamy (South Africa)
Tim Spiteri (Australia)
Fiann Paul (Iceland)
Shane Usher (Australia)
Heather Rees-Gaunt
Jamie Douglas Hamilton (Scotland)

See profiles here

 

Leven Brown and ‘Ocean Row Events’

Leven founded Ocean Row Events in 2005 in preparation for his first solo crossing of the Atlantic. It is a small but very focused company. Ocean Row Events has the specific aims of bringing people into the life changing sport of ocean rowing, raising money for good causes and, with hard work, dedication and preparation, break oceanic records – placing the respective oarsmen and oarswomen in the record books.

The company has successfully raised approximately £1million for good causes via the excellent efforts of their crews over 4 expeditions thus far. They have claimed 7 World records and generated extraordinary amounts of solid brand building prime time/mainstream media for their supporters. They have many repeat sponsors and some great testimonials from title sponsors that may interest you.

 

The Boat

Leven Brown’s new boat, Avalon, is being regarded as a quantum leap forward in ocean rowing.

Making a boat light and placing a decent crew on board no longer achieves desired expectations. Almost without exception all of the open class boats available are not technologically designed. They still have roughly the same ‘footprints’ and general layout as they did 20 years ago – they are lighter and have all the latest kit, but those in the motor industry know there is only so much mileage in putting fancy new gear in old designs.

In short, the boat is a Carbon/Kevlar monohull capable of accommodating 8 people, 4 rowing, 4 resting. She is 44ft long and has a beam of 2m. She is lightweight but the design team has concentrated on keeping her well engineered. Her design remit is to be able to cruise at 5 knots. The current Atlantic speed record is averaging around 3.5 knots. The design team has radically changed the hull shaped from the standard ocean rowing boat, reducing massive amounts of drag and increasing surfing ability. They have also improved the nimbleness (turning moment) of the boat by 30% making the rudder and steering system much faster and smoother to react – this means longer faster surfing and the ability to cope with bigger seas.

The crews have separate bunks, rather than the flat bed of most rowing boats, so that they can make the most of what little rest they get; keeping them fresher and stronger for longer.

The boat is fully self-righting, and is much more aggressively self-righting than the current designs of rowing boats. The boat has a series of pumps and valves that allow any one or all of the 8 ballast tanks to be flooded helping with trim and weight and the pumps can also deal with massive water ingression anywhere else in the vessel – making her by far the safest boat out there.

Everything about this new boat has been thought through using a wealth of experience and learning from the shortcomings of other boats in all sorts of conditions. This will be the very first true next generation ocean rowing boat and she will achieve some amazing feats.

 

Goal

BE THE FIRST CREW TO ROW ACROSS THE INDIAN OCEAN, CONTINENT TO CONTINENT – GUINNESS WORLD RECORD. ADDITIONALLY WE WILL TRY BREAK THE RECORD FOR THE FASTEST CROSSING ACROSS THE INDIAN OCEAN IN LIGHT OF ROWING AN EXTRA 1000 MILES.