- Fiann Paul
- 4 total number
- Norway (Longyearbyen)
On 21 August 2017, Fiann Paul (Iceland) achieved his fourth ocean rowing speed record. In doing so, he simultaneously held four current ocean rowing speed records set on four different oceans: the fastest row across the Atlantic east to west, at an average speed of 3.386 knots (6.27 km/h; 3.89 mph), set in 2011 as part of a team of six on Sara G; the fastest row across the Indian Ocean east to west, at an average speed of 2.65 knots (4.90 km/h; 3.05 mph), set in 2014 as part of a team of seven on Avalon; the fastest row on the Mid-Pacific route east to west, at an average speed of 2.21 knots (4.09 km/h; 2.54 mph), set in 2016 as part of a team of four on Danielle; and the fastest recorded row on the Arctic Ocean Open Waters south to north, at an average speed of 2.557 knots (4.73 km/h; 2.94 mph) as part of a team of five on Polar Row, achieved on 21 August 2017.
The definition of "Rows on the Arctic Ocean Open Waters" applies only to pure rowing expeditions across major water basins above the Polar Circle from land to land, excluding any use of sail, paddling on kayaks or canoes, as well as rows around islands, within archipelagos and coastal rows, i.e., within the vicinity of land and with the possibility to get ashore.