The BARCELONA – IBIZA and IBIZA – BARCELONA races are NOMAN’s exclusive ocean rowing races. Teams of amateur rowers are pitted against each other across 200 miles in a journey that is expected to last 3 days. Rowing across an ocean or sea is like no other sport. An ocean row is as much about the crews’ ability to cope mentally as it is about technique and physical strength. 

Unlike other ocean rowing events, use of ocean rowing boats, communications equipment in addition to food and nutrition for the race are included. You therefore don’t have to worry about the hassle and logistics of getting ocean rowing boats to and from the start/finish line, and can focus on training and preparing for the race itself. 


These are the world’s premier ocean rowing races with all the training tailored to individual abilities and conducted by expert ocean rowers. Since 2013, our events have featured crews from Goldman Sachs, TP ICAP, Tradition, Corona, Peakside Capital and Monex Europe; Olympic gold medallists Mark Hunter and Alex Gregory; in addition to students, teachers and doctors, battle it out on the waves to be crowned champions of the Mediterranean.

No prior ocean rowing or rowing experience required. Participants can sign up individually, as a full crew of 5, or anywhere in between.


Entry fee: £500 per person

Minimum Fundraising Target: £10,000 per person

Dates: 17th - 25th July 2021



Entry fee: £400 per person

Minimum Fundraising Target: £5,000 per person

Dates: 24th - 30th July 2021



The following is not included in the price:

  • Flights to/from Spain at the start/finish of the race.

  • Accommodation and meals onshore prior to/after the race

  • Accommodation, travel to/from, and meals during the training sessions in the UK

  • Ibiza – Barcelona leg participants would also need to cover the costs of RYA qualifications


The NOMEN will be taking on the Mediterranean in 24-foot ocean rowing boats designed by Justin Adkin. The boats are designed to self-right if they capsize and to withstand the worst weather that the ocean can throw at them. Each boat has 2 water tight cabins on each end with the rowing cockpit in the middle.  Crew can rest in the cabins at the stern and bow while they are not rowing. Solar panels placed over each of the cabins power the onboard navigation system and the onboard watermaker converts sea water into drinking water. 

Your safety is of paramount importance to us. To that effect, crews are followed by a support vessel throughout.



People are surprised when they learn that the majority of participants who take part in our Mediterranean races had no rowing experience before deciding to row an ocean. The boats are far more stable and technique is less important than for crew boats which are much thinner. Anyone can jump in and row and ocean rowing boat, but naturally those with better technique or who are stronger will make the boat go faster. Nonetheless, rowing for days on end takes determination and the ability to look after yourself during your time on the water.

Each member of each crew will be completing the following courses:

  1. RYA VHF Radio course – Correct use of VHF radio

  2. RYA First Aid at Sea – First aid to take care of knocks and bumps at sea

  3. RYA Sea Survival – Detailed knowledge and practical competence in sea survival techniques and equipment.

  4. RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship – Teaching you about boat handling and navigation

In addition, participants will be invited to:

  • A training session in the ‘tank’ at London docklands to work on rowing technique

  • Sea Trials weekend in the ocean rowing boats on the South Coast which includes an overnight row.



NOMAN is more than a race, it’s a call to action.  HPV is the causal agent of 5% of cancers. Cancers which can be prevented by vaccinating both boys and girls against this devastating virus. NOMAN challenges participants to row the Mediterranean in order to spread the message about HPV, and to support the charity’s education and advocacy programmes to ensure that both boys and girls are protected against HPV.

In 2013 the Barcelona-Ibiza: Row to End HPV was NOMAN’s inaugural rowing challenge and an outstanding success, raising over $1 million and attaining press on an international scale. This was the beginning of the NOMAN Mediterranean races which have continued to grow and expand, now consisting of 2 separate legs: Barcelona to Ibiza and Ibiza to Barcelona - with 12 crews taking on these races in the most recent edition. Throughout the years, our rowers have faced the blistering sun, combated fierce winds and rising sea swells, and beaten fatigue and sea sickness. All in the name of preventing 5% of cancer.



NOMAN is an Island: Race to END HPV is a program of the HPV and Anal Cancer Foundation, a registered charity in England and Wales (1147457) and a 501(C)(3) charity in the USA (27-3217520).

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