Ocean rowing is a fast-growing and challenging sport. The Atlantic Ocean offers wonderful experiences as well as extreme conditions. To complete a crossing successfully, a great deal is asked of you. It is very important that you are able to go to extremes, both physically and mentally.
Ralph Tuijn Ocean Events offers one of the greatest adventures in the world at an extremely attractive price. The next attempt to break the world record of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean is now accessible to both lawyer and student.
Ralph Tuijn has considerable experience, because of which the world-record crossing of the Atlantic Ocean is prepared very professionally. Your skipper is one of the most experienced ocean rowers in the world and the challenge will be provided with the best and latest equipment.
- The crew will consist of 6 members.
- Departure: December 2017.
- Participants are supported in the acquisition of individual sponsors.
- Much media attention will be paid to the world-record attempt.
What can you expect and what is life like on board?
Each rowing crossing over an ocean is to be accomplished without support and assistance from outside in order to be recognized as an official rowing crossing. The ocean rowboats and rowers are to be self-sufficient, which means that they bring their own equipment and food for the entire crossing.
The conditions on board are harsh, which means “back to basics.” Rowers will be put to the ultimate test. For example, you will not be able to go for a walk and the boat is constantly moving.
Rowers will encounter nature at its best and worst. During the crossing, one will experience extreme weather, painful saltwater sores, blisters on the hands, wind, storms, waves of ten meters high, unfriendly sea creatures and other ships!
On board, there is no room for comfort: no shower, no toilet and limited possibilities to cook. We live on a diet of high-calorie freeze-dried food packages and snacks. The rowers drink water generated by the water maker on board. In case of emergency, a backup manual water maker is available. Sleeping happens together in a cabin that is even smaller than a single bed!
In the event the rowboat capsizes in bad weather, the ocean rowboat is self-righting. The Rannoch 45 is extremely strong and safe and it can endure the extreme conditions during the many weeks at sea. The rowboat is equipped with the most modern equipment and our position is transmitted through satellite channels several times a day. Along the way, one can communicate with home and ships in the area. Electricity is generated using solar panels and energy is stored in batteries.
Costs and Conditions
An expedition to Mount Everest easily costs £ 50,000.
An individual ocean rowing crossing easily costs £ 75,000.
The world-record crossing will cost £ 10.750/ € 13,750/ USD 15.500 per participant.
We have much knowledge and experience regarding the reduction of costs for participants by recruiting individual sponsorship.
What is included in the costs?
- Rowing crossing in carbon-Kevlar 5-6 person Rannoch 45 ocean rowboat
- Skipper Ralph Tuijn, one of the most experienced ocean rowers in the world
- All the expedition logistics and transport
- Preparatory meetings
- Training plans / guidance
- Rowing training in ocean rowboats
- Support in recruiting personal sponsors. For participants, sponsorship space is available on the boat for individual sponsors
- Media campaign
- Airline ticket to the start in Lagos in Portugal (Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, London, Manchester, Paris) on assignable days or with discount from other airports
- Transfer from Faro airport to Lagos
- Use of the Iridium satellite Wi-Fi network
- Use of the satellite phone
- All food on board
- Chocolate, energy bars, creatine and supplements
- Tea, coffee and other beverages
- All materials for everyday life on board
- Insured for damage to rowboat and equipment
- Personal hygiene: Baby wipes, talcum powder, sudocrem, medical alcohol
- First-aid kit and medical materials
- Safety equipment
- Training in safety measures and equipment on board
- Sea to Summit dry bags, Buffs, sun lotion, Nathan drink bottles
- Several types of rowing seats and sheepskins
Charities and sponsorships.
We understand that finding sponsors for individual sponsorships can be much and hard work. Participants can use the media exposure that the undertaking involves as well as support in finding sponsors. Participants can add personal charities to the project and their sponsors to reduce the costs for participation.
Ralph Tuijn (44) is an adventurer, who has completed many challenging expeditions. Since the early nineties, he has been captivated by the combination of endurance sports and nature in its most extreme form. He has visited the hottest, coldest and most remote areas of the world, believing in the core notions of non-motorized, sustainable and own resources. By bike and on foot, he traveled over 100,000 kilometers around the world this way.
At temperatures of over 50 degrees, he cycled across the hottest deserts on earth, but he has also cycled across frozen lakes and rivers in Arctic Siberia at -55°C. Without support, Ralph has accomplished crossing the Greenland ice sheet by bike and he was the first man to cross the largest country in the world, Russia, twice. All by himself, he crossed an entire continent nine times, of which Africa in world-record time. In addition, he regularly works for humanitarian goals.
With respect to rowing, his “roots” lie in longboat rowing. From 1992 to 1998, he was a member of the longboat rowing team of Hogeschool Holland in Amsterdam. He successfully rowed across the North Sea twice and from 1999 to 2002, he was a member of the “Dutch Challenge Atlantic Rowing Race” team that, in 2001, was the first Dutch team to row across an ocean successfully.
In 2006, Ralph individually rowed across the Atlantic Ocean nonstop in 86 days in preparation for the Zeeman Ocean Challenge, for which he rowed across the Pacific Ocean from South America to Papua New Guinea in 281 days. This expedition of 19,500 kilometers was at the time the longest solo rowing trip ever completed.
In 2012-2013, he attempted to cross the Indian Ocean (TriFinance Ocean Challenge). After 98 days, he was run over by a tanker twice, after which he had to be rescued. In 2015, Ralph was hired as skipper of the ocean rowboat Rannoch 45 “Mrs. Nelson” (Tentoo Ocean Challenge). He and a crew of 5 rowers set a world record by rowing across the Atlantic Ocean in 51 days and 19 hours. With this, he broke the old world record of 86 days from Europe to South America with almost 35 days. Ralph has completed over 500 ocean-rowing days and consequently, he is one of the select group of six rowers who have achieved this. This makes him one of the most experienced ocean rowers in the world.
Attempt to break the world record
Departure: december 2017
In December 2017, the world-record crossing of the Atlantic Ocean will take place: we try to break the current world record that Ralph and his team have set on March 19, 2015. With the rowing team of five rowers, he has decreased the old world record of over 86 days to 51 days and 17 hours, which is an improvement of almost 35 days.
Our ocean rowboat, the Rannoch 45, is a 5/6 person monohull made of carbon and Kevlar, and designed and built by the most experienced marine architect in ocean rowing: Charlie Pitcher, an ocean rower who has set several world records. The boat is safe, strong, and very fast due to its streamlining, making it one of the world’s fastest boats and allowing it to compete with 8-rower boats.
If we look at the old world record of March 2015 (a time of 51 days and 19 hours), we know we can break it. The Rannoch 45 rowboat, with which we make the crossing, is the new model of the prototype Rannoch 45, with which we have broken the previous world record. The new Rannoch is currently being improved. Additionally, we will make the crossing with five instead of six rowers, which will slightly increase the average speed. Ralph will be crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat for the third time. Due to his experience and knowledge, he will again find a faster route to navigate. The combination leaves no doubt that we should be able to bring the new world record well below 50 days!
Our crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat will go from Lagos in Portugal to Cayenne in French Guyana (South America), which is a distance of 3,300 nautical miles and over 6,000 kilometers. This crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, we can largely take advantage of the tidal currents and trade winds.