Rowers to challenge the world’s oceans

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Woodvale Challenge, a British manufacturer of ocean rowing vessels and organizer of bluewater rowing events, has announced several ocean-record attempts.

Woodvale Challenge, a British manufacturer of ocean rowing vessels and organizer of bluewater rowing events, has announced several ocean-record attempts. Over the next two years, the group hopes to establish five new rowing records on three of the world’s oceans.

• North Atlantic, New York to the Scilly Isles, 2,892 nautical miles: In June, four women will attempt to become the first female crew to make the passage, and a five-man crew will attempt the overall speed record. The overall record has stood at 55 days since 1896; the record for a crew of four stands at 60 days.

• North Pacific, Choshi, Japan, to San Francisco, 4,424 nautical miles: In June, the first four-man crew to make the passage will attempt the overall record, which stands at 130 days and was set by a solo rower.

• Indian Ocean, Geraldton, Western Australia to Mauritius, 3,173 nautical miles: In April 2009 a male crew of six and a female crew of six will make runs at the overall record in separate attempts. The overall record of 64 days was set by a solo rower. No attempt has ever been made by any crew of six.

Woodvale Challenge is looking for individuals who “possess the grit, determination and sense of adventure” for these record attempts. Anyone who is interested should e-mail a resume with cover letter detailing “why you believe you have what it will take to make ocean rowing history” to info@wood vale-challenge.com. For more information on Woodvale Challenge and the races it organizes, visit www.woodvale-challenge.com and www.atlanticrowingrace2007.com.