Arctic Row – First Arctic Crossing – Bollocks!


Arctic Row – First Arctic Crossing – Bollocks! What a load of complete and utter bullshit. Whilst I appreciate their efforts the lies and misstatements are absolutely unbelievable.

Here is the list of their “achivements” from the blog

The team is happy to report that they completed their journey at 1:46pm local time yesterday (Sunday, August 26th) having rowed more than 1,000 miles from Inuvik, Canada to Point Hope, AK over a period of 41 days. This journey sets a number of ocean rowing records including the below:
-Longest non-stop and unsupported row in Arctic history, measured by duration and distance
-First Non-icerated boat past Barrow in 2012
-First non-stop and unsupported international row over 1000 miles in Arctic waters.
-First row from Inuvik to Point Hope
-Pioneered a new route for modern ocean rowing spanning the Beaufort and Chucki(sic) Sea between Inuvik, CA and Point Hope, AK
-First modern four man row in Arctic Ocean history
-First human powered crossing of both Beaufort and Chucki(sic) Sea, non-stop and unsupported
-First row covering all of Alaska’s North Slope, non-stop and unsupported
-First ocean row in the arctic to combine human power exploration and marine science.
Records are being verified.

Longest non-stop and unsupported row in Arctic history, measured by duration and distance

There is the curious fact that the blog states that their satellite phone was defunct and they did not have the means to repair it. All of a sudden it is working again. Since they were so close to shore all the time did they make landfall and get a replacement? If so the trip was not unsupported.

First non-stop and unsupported international row over 1000 miles in Arctic waters.

I guess it depends on how you define non-stop. Since the original intention was to have two rowing and two sleeping this got lost when they pulled into coves and lagoons and took shelter behind islands. Not what I would call non-stop.

Pioneered a new route for modern ocean rowing spanning the Beaufort and Chucki(sic) Sea between Inuvik, CA and Point Hope, AK

Yes, but I hate to point out that this was supposed to be a row ACROSS the Arctic. I am not convinced they even touched the Arctic ocean* let alone crossed it which would require passing very close to the True North Pole whichever departure and landing points you picked. Hugging the Alaskan coastline is not CROSSING the Arctic ocean and any such claims are fraudulent.

*If you dump all the seas they were in the Arctic Ocean, but cross it? Not likely, not by a long chalk.

First human powered crossing of both Beaufort and Chucki(sic) Sea, non-stop and unsupported

They seem to have a definite problem understanding the definition crossing and non-stop. If I go to the foot of Mount Everest and climb a few hundred feet that is NOT climbing Mount Everest. If I row from Claire Island off the coast of County Mayo to Kerry, hugging the shoreline all the way, I have NOT crossed the Atlantic. Basically the whole of this fiasco is dishonest. They have rowed in the Beaufort Sea, not crossed it. They have rowed in the Chukchi Sea not crossed it. They could possibly by some terms have rowed in the Arctic Ocean, but they have not crossed it.

If you use the rubbish map produced by NOAA the analogies I have made are even more relevant.

Basically they just cannot bear to admit that the whole fiasco was an epic failure. (But not knocking the effort, just the lies and misdirection.)

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