Small ocean rowing vessels, stabilising vessel as well as providing safety in a storm or during periods of rest
Holds the bow into the wind reducing breaching and rolling as well a controlling drift enabling rest and repairs.
What ocean rowing is all about by Sean Quincey
For thousands of years the oceans of the world have been sailed across but only in the past 60 or so years has rowing across the oceans of the world come into its own. Many enthusiasts would suggest the beginning of modern ocean rowing can be linked to Chay Blyth and John Ridgway 1966 crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. The pair spent 92 Days battling the elements of the North Atlantic in a small dory named the English Rose 3 lighting a fire within many ocean rowers after penning the book "A Fighting Chance".
In 1971 a man by the name of Tom McClean successfully rowed the Atlantic solo taking 70 days following this John Fairfax and Sylvia Cook spent an epic 357 Days rowing the Britannia 2 from the USA to Australia. Finally Colin Quincey departed from New Zealand in 1977 rowing the Tasman Sea reaching Australia after 63 Days on one of the worlds most treacherous stretches of water. The concept of ocean rowing was well and truly tested in the 1970's setting the stage for the Atlantic ocean rowing race the first of which would be run in 1997. 30 crews entered the grueling trans Atlantic challenge and it was won by Rob Hamil and Phil Stubbs a New Zealand pair in a time of 41 days ! Different oceans and stretches of water around the world are now being rowed with records being set and broken almost every year and there would be very few vessels without a para anchor on board.