Often compared to the 4-minute mile, a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean has never been completed in under 30 days. The 3,000 mile crossing will demand endless rowing for the entirety of the unsupported journey to achieve an average pace of 100 miles per day. Weather complications, injuries, and equipment failure aside; it will only be possible in the best boat, with the best crew.
We are currently witnessing the birth of a "Golden Age" in Ocean Rowing. Of the 225 successful ocean rows on record, 90% have occurred in the last 12 years. The trans-Atlantic record of 35 days set in 1992 stood for 16 years before a new crew in the same boat beat it by 2 days, raising the bar to 33 days. This boat, 'La Mondiale', was manned by a crew of 14 with Skipper Levin Brown. At the same time a small multi-hulled boat named 'Orca' was also making a run at the record with a crew of 4 and skipper Roy Finlay; they crossed in 35 days.
ROC Expeditions, under the direction of Roy Finlay and David Davlianidze, has taken the lessons learned with Orca and infused it with the best of 'Le Mondiale' to build 'Big Blue'. The 38 foot catamaran is state-of-the-art; using the lightest and strongest materials in conjunction with revolutionary hull design she will be manned by a crew comprised of skipper Roy, engineer David, and 12 international rowers selected from various rowing and multi-sport backgrounds. On December 29th 2010 'Big Blue' will line up head-to-head with another boat skippered by current record holder Levin Brown. Starting from Morocco in route to Barbados the two crews will battle it out with each other for the record and the win while fighting the ocean just to survive.