Long-distance rower claims several 'Guinness world records'

Latvian long-distance sea rower Kārlis Bārdelis has laid claim to six records certified by the 'Guinness World Records' organization, reported LSM's lifestyle department June 8.

Bārdelis has received certificates from the organization certifying him as:

  • The first person to row across the Pacific Ocean from South America to Asia.
  • The first person to row across the Indian Ocean from Asia to Africa.
  • Part of the first team to row across the South Atlantic Ocean (together with Gints Barkovskis).
  • The longest distance rowed in one expedition in the Pacific Ocean, and in the ocean in general – 11,393 nautical miles or 21,010 kilometers.
  • The kargest number of days spent on one rowing expedition – 493 days, rowing from Peru to Malaysia.    

He was supported in his claims to the above-mentioned records by UK-based Ocean Rowing Society International, an online group which has a long association with Guinness World Records.

Speaking of his achievements, Bārdelis told the LSM lifestyle department: "Without a doubt, if someone tells me I have six Guinness World Records, it's cool." 

Guinness World Records is a limited company registered in the United Kingdom, which publishes an annual compendium of facts and figures. It is part of a group whose ultimate parent is Jim Pattison Ltd. based in Vancouver, Canada. According to its corproate website it "works with leading global brands and businesses to break world records as part of bespoke marketing campaigns."

Previous Latvian claims to fame as far as Guinness World Records are concerned include Ventspils' claim to a bulb-planting record, a convoluted way of turning on Christmas tree lights in Rīga and a mass balloon wedding ceremony.

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