Ocean Rowing in Numbers
There have been 42 attempts made to cross the Indian Ocean in an ocean rowing boat.
There have been 21 successful crossings
There have been 21 unsuccessful crossings.
This gives you a 50% chance of making it across the Indian Ocean. Not bad!
The 21 successful crossings have been crewed by 57 people.
Of those 57 people, 9 are female.
There have been 14 different countries represented on 21 crossings.
Over two thirds / 66% of people who have successfully rowed across the Indian Ocean represented Great Britain.
There have been 7 people who have rowed across the Indian Ocean solo.
The first successful crossing was made by Anders Svedlund from Sweden in 1971. He rowed from Western Australia to Madagascar in 64 days. Impressive!
Erden Eruç clocked up the longest distance for a continuous row with 5086 miles.
The overall speed record is held by Emmanuel Coindre, a solo rower from France, at 56 days 07 hours and 29 minutes.
The longest time for a crossing was made by solo rower Roz Savage, who is also the first women to have rowed across all three oceans (Indian, Pacific and Atlantic).
There have been 5 successful teams of 4
The fastest team of four completed the crossing from Western Australia to Mauritius in 68 days 19 hours and 40 minutes. That gives us something aim for!
No-one has rowed across the Indian Ocean twice! Hmm…
There have been 15 times as many successful attempts to row across the Atlantic Ocean with 317 crossings
536 people have been into space, that’s nearly 10 times the number of people who have rowed across the Indian Ocean.
There have been 4,469 different people who have summited Everest 7,646 times. That’s a whopping 78 times the number of people who have rowed across the Indian Ocean.
The most pieces of naan bread made in one hour by a team of five is 640 and was achieved by Indian Ocean Restaurant in Ashton-under-Lyne, UK.