The Challenge

GB Row is the ultimate rowing challenge. Complex tides and very changeable British weather mean good navigation skills are required, as well as the tactical ability to make the most of weather and sea conditions, which can be as important as a team’s strength, stamina and endurance.

The first GB Row Challenge took place in 2005 when the four man team headed by William de Laszlo set a new World Record of 26 days 21 hours and 14 minutes for unaided rowing around Britain.

Rowing over 2000 miles unassisted requires much more than just strength, stamina and endurance. To be able to successfully circumnavigate Great Britain, teams need to understand navigation and the sea’s tidal flow, which is why it’s acknowledged to be the toughest rowing race in the world. Rowing against changeable winds and fast turning tides make this a greater test of endurance and skill than Trans-ocean rowing.

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