Boat with equipment 2014

An ocean row boat is the one item of equipment that no crew can do without. In addition each crew will need numerous pieces of equipment. Ocean row boats are ruggedly designed and built from marine grade plywood, glass or carbon fiber as well as other composite materials. They are able to withstand the worst weather that the ocean can throw at them and keep their crew safe. All boats in the Great Pacific Race are designed to self-right if they capsize and each boat has undergone a capsize test to ensure that this design feature is operational. Each boat has a water tight cabin at each end with the rowing cockpit in the middle. Generally one cabin is used for storage and the other as the accommodation, where the crew can rest when they are not rowing.

When your crew arrives in Monterey, California with their boat two weeks before the start members of the New Ocean Wave team complete a process known as scrutineering.  In this process our team will scrupulously check each boat and all items of equipment to ensure it complies with the Race Rules and that all equipment is stored safely within the boat.

The Race Rules restrict the use of boats to those built within certain design parameters and define the different classes of ocean row boat competing in the Great Pacific Race.  There are two classes of ocean row boats recognized by the Ocean Rowing Society who adjudicate Guinness World Records – Classic Class and Open Class.  The table below gives an overview of the key differences.

These differences mean that the boat speeds are not comparable and the two boat designs cannot fairly compete against each other.  We don’t  want to exclude any particular design and so both are allowed in the Great Pacific Race but don’t directly compete.

 Classic-Class-small1  Open-class-small1
  • V-shaped hull
  • Accommodation in stern cabin
  • Uses hull shape and rudder for directional stability
  • Less windage (gets blown by the wind less)
  • More protection for crew from following seas
  • More stable
  • Autohelm not permitted
  • Flat bottomed hull
  • Accommodation in bow cabin
  • Uses centerboard and rudder for directional stability
  • Greater windage (gets blown by the wind more)
  • Less protection for crew from following seas
  • Less stable
  • Autohelm permitted

There are two options when entering the Great Pacific Race.


Setup your own crew – You will have some friends who you want to row with (or if you don’t then we can help connect you with others who are keen to row).  You will then need to enter the race, buy a boat and complete your courses prior to the race start.  We are able to help at all stages of your preparation from helping to source a suitable boat for your crew to helping with the logistics of shipping your boat to the start of the race.

Join a Crew – We offer individuals the opportunity to buy a seat on a four person crew.  A fast boat, race entry fee, boat shipping costs and all mandatory equipment is provided and all you need to do is complete the mandatory training courses and arrive in Monterey with your food ready to go.  The last two teams (both called Team Uniting Nations) to do this won the Great Pacific Race 2014 and 2016 and set a total of 6 new World Records in the process.  This is the easiest way to row the Pacific. 

The cost is £15,000 per seat.
Contact us via the form on the contact page for more information.

Boat options

If you choose to setup your own crew then there are three options that you have when considering where to get your boat from.

Buy new – There are  three main boat manufacturers who you can commission to build you a new boat find out more about them here.

Buy used – Checkout our boatmart page for current listings of second hand boats.

Charter – We may be able to help find you a high quality boat to use with much of the required equipment on.  Contact us via the form on the contact page for more information.

Next…find out about the courses and physical training that as an ocean rower you will need to complete before starting the Great Pacific Race.

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