- Fiann Paul
- first first
- Norway (Longyearbyen)
The first person to simultaneously hold speed records on four oceans is Fiann Paul (Iceland): fastest classic-class row across the Atlantic east to west, at an average speed of 3.386 knots (6.27 km/h; 3.89 mph; 2011, team of six, on board Sara G); fastest row across the Indian Ocean east to west, at an average speed 2.65 knots (4.90 km/h; 3.05 mph; 2014, team of seven, on board Avalon); 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; 2016, team of four, on board Danielle); and 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; 2017, team of five, on board Polar Row).
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.