World's oldest rower resumes sons row

Posted: Sep 14, 2005 06:50 pm EDT

Pavel Rezvoy (Ukraine) has resumed the ocean row started by his son, Teddy. Pavel left Cocos Island, Keeling Islands on Sept. 13th heading for Diego-Suarez, Madagascar, solo across the Indian Ocean. The distance from Cocos Island to Diego-Suarez, 3,208 miles.

Carrying the family name

The former geologist took over his sons row, when Teddy had to abandon his attempt to row solo/unsupported across the Indian Ocean due to previous injuries Teddy had sustained on a previous row. At age 67. Pavel is the oldest (competitive) rower out on the oceans, but that doesnt seem to slow him down any. Pavel holds the distinction as being the worlds oldest ocean rower.

The man likes to row

Pavel is an accomplished rower, having rowed the Atlantic E-W in ORSARR 2004. It took him 61 days, but that row wasnt enough for Pavel. He continued on from Barbados, arriving in Cuba on June 9th, 2004. Still not content, he continued rowing, leaving Cuba for Jamaica on June 18th. Two days later Pavel arrived in Jamaica on June 20th, 2004.

Theodore Rezvoy attempted to row the Indian Ocean, from Carnavorn, WA, Australia to Madagascar. Teddy was making great progress but sadly had to end his row and made port at Cocos Island, Keeling Islands, some 1,200 miles and 20 days into his row.

He made an offer to his father to continue the row and Pavel accepted. The Rezvoy name is at stake, I will finish the row stated Pavel to the Ocean Rowing Society.

In 2004 Explorerweb honored Pavel as one of the top adventurers of 2004, selected from among thousands of explorers.

The Indian Ocean has been rowed solo/unsupported only twice, first in 1971 by Anders Svedlund. It took the Swedish rower 64 days to complete the journey aboard Roslagena. In 2003 Brit Simon Chalk completed the solo/unsupported row in 107 days. There have been 5 other unsuccessful attempts to conquer this particular route, by both pairs and solo rowers.


Pavel Rezvoy in command as he rows across the Indian Ocean, on his way towards Madagascar. Image courtesy of

Visit our new website