The Challenge

With its strong currents and extreme tidal range the open waters around the Isle of Wight offer one of the best settings for an attempt at two of the toughest medium distance open water rowing world records.

This is why a team from Lymington in Hampshire have chosen the area as the approved course for a double Guinness World Record Attempt in late Summer 2021.

The Aim

The 4 man crew will aim to be the fastest rowing boat over 50 nautical miles in open water and will also look to row the greatest open water distance in 12 hours.

In calm conditions the tide will help the crew, however even a moderate wind could stop their attempt if it isn’t dealt with in the right way.

The Record In Numbers

  • 150 kilometers of open water rowing
  • 3 shipping channels
  • 2 tidal races
  • 11,000 Calories per crew member

The Crew

  • Dave Mans is an Army Officer in the Parachute Regiment and has over 25 years of rowing experience. He has completed several endurance challenges including the first ocean row to the magnetic North Pole and along with Rob he holds the Guinness World Record fastest time to row the length of the Thames in a 2-man boat.
  • Sam Botting is an experienced coastal and river rower who was introduced to rowing in Lymington. Sam has also competed multiple times in Red Bull 25Hrs Bike Race.
  • Toby Backhouse is a stonemason who has rowed at the highest club and university level. He was part of the 1989 Cambridge Boat Race crew and also held the Guinness World Record for being the heaviest rower in the history of the event.
  • Rob Maltby learnt to row in Lymington at a young age and since then he has competed at the highest level of coastal rowing winning several junior championships and senior events. Rob is also a keen endurance athlete competing in cross fit and long distance running.  Along with Dave, Rob holds the Guinness World Record fastest time to row the length of the Thames in a 2-man boat.


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