Atlantic Rowing Record Broken

All alone in the North Atlantic. Photo: Bryce Carlson

American high school teacher Bryce Carlson has broken the speed record for rowing across the Atlantic Ocean from Canada to Great Britain. Carlson left St John’s, Newfoundland on June 27 and landed in the Scilly Isles, off the southwest corner of England, on August 4. He completed the 3,705-kilometre journey in 38 days and 6 hours, at an average speed of 4.6 kilometers per hour.

Including Carlson, 16 rowers have successfully crossed the Atlantic solo from west to east. They either start from Newfoundland or Halifax in Atlantic Canada or from Cape Cod or New York in the U.S.

Carlson’s is the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from Canada in an open class boat, whose higher profile catches a tailing wind and makes it potentially faster than classic class models.

The previous record as detailed by the Ocean Rowing Society was held by Canadian pilot and adventurer Laval St. Germain, who rowed from Halifax to Brest, France in 2016. Carlson knocked off 15 days from St. Germain’s record. However, St. Germain rowed approximately 1,400 km further than Carlson.

Bryce Carlson on arrival at St Mary’s Harbour, Scilly Isles. Photo: Bryce Carlson


About the Author

Ash Routen

Ash Routen

Ash Routen is an outdoor and adventure writer from the UK specialising in adventurous travel and expeditions, such as mountaineering, polar travel, and ocean crossings. Ash juggles a day job as a public health scientist with this second career in outdoor writing.

His words have featured in national newspapers, national and international outdoor and adventure magazines, and various websites. Bylines include Financial Times, Daily Telegraph, Outside Magazine, Rock and Ice, and Red Bull.

Alongside writing, Ash also spends some time undertaking his own adventures, and completed a 640 km foot crossing of a frozen Lake Baikal in 2018. His next arctic journey is a 700 km trek along the coast of Baffin Island in Canada.


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