On Saturday 30th July
2005, Ian Harvey (58), from Saintfield outside Belfast
in Northern Ireland, became the first person in the
world to row the full length of Lake Superior in a single
scull rowing shell.
Lake Superior is the largest freshwater lake in
the world. The 390 mile journey took 15 days,
starting on the morning of Saturday 16th July at Duluth
City on the western shore of the Lake and finishing
at Whitefish point on the easterm side of Lake Superior
on Saturday 30th July.
showing Ian's start and finish point.
( courtesy of Lake Superior Magazine, copyright
2004 - no reproduction without prior permission
The trip consisted of eleven and a half days of actual
rowing - including night rows - and a further three
and half days sheltering from extreme weather in various
centre, leaving Dunluth at the start of the marathon
Ian is a member of Lagan Scullers' Belfast and Belfast
Rowing Club. Michael McNamee caught up with him back
on the Lagan to ask...... why ??
reveals how he managed to survive freezing temperatures,
high waves and how he almost became a member of
a native indian tribe, during his 400 mile trip.....
begins another day on Lake Superior as the sun
rises behind him
Ian's epic row not only resulted in a world record,
but also helped the Fields of Life Charity
and donated funds to BBC Children in Need.
For more information about Ian's row, including daily
rowing reports and how he raised funds for the charities,
click on the 'Lake Superior Charity Row' link below,
which takes you to Ian's web site.
Superior Charity Row
Locks Lake Superior webcams
of Life Charity
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Henry - Mar '07
this is a magnificent effort
im from tasmania australia and i love rowing i cant think
of a better way to spend a weekend im actually in the middle
of a regatta weekend anyway!
S. McAdam - November '05
Isn't Sault Ste. Marie in Canada, Susan
Keane, or is there perhaps another such place in the U.S.
Congratulations to Ian. I've visited Duluth, Two
Harbours and one or two other places along th North Shore.
It can be a very stormy lake, which is why Split Rock Lighthouse
(N. of Two Harbours) was built. So quite an achievement.
Gary from Belfast - November
Well done, Ian. I'm sure it was a difficult journey
but you never gave up. CONGRATULATIONS.
Susan Keane - Sept '05
Ian Harvey is to be applauded for this remarkable
However, the starting (Duluth) and ending point (Sault Ste.
Marie) are each in the United States, not Canada. Lake Superior
lies on the boarder between the two counties.
Angélique - Sept '05
Well done Ian, a magnificent journey!