The Row


Ocean rowing is the sport of rowing across oceans. Ocean rowing boats can hold between 1 and 16 individuals,although the more common sizes of vessel are singles, doubles, and fours.

The history of ocean rowing is sometimes divided into two eras. The first 12 ocean rows are considered “Historic Ocean rows” as they were completed with very limited if any modern technology. The subsequent rows are described as “Modern Day rows”.

Despite the now regular ocean rowing races, as of the end of 2007, fewer people have rowed an ocean than have climbed Everest.


I’m Colin Sanders.

I live in Port Hope. I’m a dad, a businessperson and in December I’m heading out on an adventure of a lifetime. I’ll be crossing the Atlantic Ocean by myself in this boat – roughly 4,000 kilometres or one million oar strokes. I’m partnering with Community Living Ontario on this challenge we’re calling A Million Possibilities: Solo Ocean Row 2017.

We’re doing this to raise awareness and funds for people who have an intellectual disability and their families. For people like my son, Jeff, who has the right to participate fully in his community like everyone else.

While I’ll be rowing by myself, I won’t be alone.

I have the support of people across the province and around the world who support our collective vision of a more inclusive Ontario. To learn more about my journey, events hosted by Community Living associations across the province or to get involved or to donate – visit ( and

Join me in inspiring a million possibilities.

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