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


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


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, 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 – Erden Eruç

Erden is an accomplished ocean rower and adventurer.  He is the founder of the Seattle based 501(c)(3) nonprofit Around-n-Over with a mission to educate and inspire children.  Human powered journeys are the source of their dispatches from the field.  To date, Around-n-Over has raised and applied over $100k toward educational projects.

Erden recently completed the first solo circumnavigation by human power which took 5 years and 11 days.  What started as a simple idea in 1997, tracing his finger across a world map hanging on the wall while working in a software development lab, would become his quiet obsession.  An unfortunate accident which claimed the life of Göran Kropp while rock climbing together in eastern Washington in September of 2002, finally put him in motion. “Life is short, get on with it” was the message.

Erden is one of the leading ocean rowers in the world today.  He holds 15 Guinness World Records, he is the recipient of the 2013 Citation of Merit from the prestigious Explorers Club and one of the 2013 Adventurers of the Year “Nine individuals changing the face of global adventure” by the Outside Magazine.  He is already listed in the 2009, 2012, 2014, 2017 and 2018 Guinness books of World Records.

Media, Marketing and Photography Officer – Ellen Hoke


Ellen Hoke is an avid big boat racer and sailing photographer.   She has travelled 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 – Nicolas Carvajal Uribe

Entrepreneur, diver, adventurer, and dairy farmer.  Law and Business graduate from Warwick University in the UK.  Owned a Telecoms company before escaping the Big Smoke and becoming a Commercial Diver.  Successfully completed an independent, solo and unassisted, rowing expedition across the Atlantic Ocean.  Rowed unsupported along the Northern Alaskan coast and circumnavigated King Island in the Bering Strait.  Kite surfed solo and unsupported from San Andres Island (Colombia) to San Juan (Nicaragua).


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.

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