The Organisers

New Ocean Wave Ltd are the organisers of the Great Pacific Race and have been built with the desire to help people row across oceans. We do things a little differently from other race organisers, the vast majority of the New Ocean Wave team has already rowed at least one ocean allowing us to offering unparalleled levels of service and support based on first hand experience.  We believe this will help you achieve your dream of rowing an ocean and allow us to better support you as we know what it can be like both on the ocean and whilst preparing your ocean rowing campaign.

Want to know more about what raises us above the rest? Take a look at our core values.

Race Director – Chris Martin

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Chris Martin is a record-setting ocean rower and international athlete. Chris rowed at international level for six years and won a medal at each of the six World Championships where he raced. In 2005, he became the 30th person to row solo across the Atlantic. In 2006, he co-founded the Association of Ocean Rowers to help others who wanted to row an ocean. Since then he has offered advice and has provided land support for multiple ocean rowers and other adventurous trips. In 2009, earned a Guinness World Record (with Mick Dawson) for becoming the first team to row across the North Pacific from Japan to San Francisco. Chris is the founder of New Ocean Wave and is dedicated to giving others the same amazing opportunities that he has enjoyed.

Race Consultant – Roz Savage MBE

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Roz Savage is an ocean rower, environmental campaigner, author and speaker. She holds four world records for ocean rowing, including first woman to row solo across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. She has rowed over 15,000 miles, taken around 5 million oarstrokes, and spent cumulatively over 500 days of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat.  Her book, “Rowing The Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean”, is published by Simon & Schuster. The documentary based on her Atlantic row toured the world as a finalist in the Banff Mountain Film Festival. She is a United Nations Climate Hero, an Athlete Ambassador for 350.org, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and in 2010 was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic.

Medical Consultant – Dr Aenor Sawyer

Dr. Aenor Sawyer, the Medical Officer for the Great Pacific Race, is an Orthopaedist in the University of California, San Francisco Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Expertise in Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, her background as a Physical Therapist and Exercise Physiologist as well as her work in digital health and telemedicine allow her to provide comprehensive remote medical coverage for Ocean Rowers. Aenor’s prior experience as the Expedition Medic for Roz Savage, who set world records in solo crossings of the three major oceans, provides a strong background for her medical role in the Great Pacific Race. Ensuring optimal health and safety of the rowers is challenging and includes medical equipment preparation, rower assessment, first aid training and the remote medical management during ocean crossings. In this work Aenor employs remote sensing/communication systems to provide medical oversight and has contributed to the design of wearable sensor suites and remote communication platforms. Collaborating with expedition communication networks such as Sentinel is also essential. The challenges and creative solutions required to provide such remote care led to her coining the phrase “Satellite Medicine.”

Safety Officer – Lia Ditton
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Lia Ditton is a professional yachtswoman, who writes about her extreme experiences. A licensed captain, Lia has sailed over 100,000 nautical miles and is the 53rd woman to row the Atlantic.  Over the course of fifteen years, Lia has skippered boats across the Atlantic 9x, the Indian Ocean 2x and the Pacific 3x and eaten over 2 years worth of freeze-dried food. In 2005 Lia was the youngest competitor and the only woman to complete the Faraday-Mill OSTAR race, crossing the Atlantic single-handed in 28 days. Lia went on to take second in her class of the 2006 Route du Rhum, France’s most prestigious single-handed transatlantic race.  A regular contributor to outdoor magazines worldwide, Lia has been interviewed live on BBC Radio 4 and featured on CNN. Her latest book, ‘50 Water Adventures To Do Before You Die!’ is published by Bloomsbury.

Media, Marketing and Photography Officer – Ellen Hoke

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Ellen Hoke is an avid big boat racer and sailing photographer.   She has traveled the world to photograph sailing events such as the America’s Cup World Series and the America’s Cup, various stops along the Volvo Ocean Race, numerous sailing world championships and local club racing around the San Francisco Bay.  Her photos have been published from local magazines in her home in San Francisco to national and daily publications to international sailing magazines.  Her images from the inaugural Great Pacific Race in 2014 were published around the globe and are featured in the 2016 Guinness Book of World Records with the listing of records set by that race.  Over the years, she has also developed her writing skills through social media, marketing and public relations.  Her articles can quite often be found along side of her photography.  But the biggest lesson she has learned is that in photography, equipment, as well as size, really matters.

Scrutineer – Greg Spooner
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Greg Spooner is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, and co-founder of OAR Northwest, a nonprofit adventure rowing and education organization based in Seattle, WA. Greg is a veteran of the 2006 Shephard Ocean Fours Rowing Race across the North Atlantic ocean (1st place, Guinness Record), as well as multiple independent ocean, coastal, and inland rowing expeditions as a rower and onboard medic. He helmed “mission control” as the land-based expedition manager for the 2013 CWF Africa to the Americas Expedition. In 2014 OAR Northwest and its “Rowboat Classroom” launched Adventure: Mississippi River, an annual fall semester education expedition, rowing the Mississippi River from source-to-sea, delivering STEM-focused standards-aligned curriculum and live inspirational visits to schools along the river.


New Ocean Wave run a number of other ocean rowing events around the world as well as providing specialist consultancy services to people with a passion for adventure. We also operate the NOMAN – Barcelona to Ibiza race and can provide everything from weather routing services and specialist equipment to support vessels and logistics for independent rowers around the world.