Danish Olympian Joachim Sutton successfully navigates an ocean row with Ocean Warrior. The crew finished their crossing, World’s Toughest Row Pacific 2023, in a time of 31 days, 17 hours and 12 minutes.
On Thursday, July 13, Lasse Wulff Hansen, Joachim Sutton, Andreas Dyrby, and JP Neergaard arrived on the shores of Hanalei, Kaua’i, Hawaii, having set off from Monterey, California, USA. “It feels nice,” said an understated Sutton. “It has been a nice trip.”
Dyrby said, “It feels absolutely amazing, I don’t have the words for it right now”.
The team displayed remarkable perseverance throughout the race. From day one, they were amongst the frontrunners, and set a strong tone for the challenge ahead.
Early in the expedition they encountered a significant setback as three oars broke, reducing their rowing capacity to two. They managed to repair the oars a few weeks later, reclaiming their full strength and speeding towards the finish line.
The eventual race winners, Kiwi Fondue, a four-man crew from the UK and Switzerland, managed to hold the Danes off, and set a new record of 29 days, 17 hours, and 29 minutes.
Sutton will enjoy the island’s trails before flying home to Denmark (and on to a training camp) to resume his preparation for the 2023 World Rowing Championships with his longstanding pair’s partner Frederic Vystavel.