Ocean Rowing | NOMAN Mediterranean Races | Barcelona - Ibiza




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 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 crew’s’ ability to cope mentally as it is about technique and physical strength.


These are the world’s premier ocean rowing races with all the training tailored to individual abilities and conducted by expert ocean rowers. The boats, equipment and clothing supplied are all top of the line. Throughout the races crews are followed by a support vessel and your safety is of paramount importance throughout our events.


BARCELONA – IBIZA: 17th - 25th July 2021

IBIZA – BARCELONA: 24th - 30th July 2021



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. Generally one cabin is used for storage and the other as the accommodation where the crew can rest while they are not rowing. Solar panels placed over each one of the cabins power the onboard navigation system as well as a watermaker which will convert sea water in drinking water.


Most people are surprised to find out that most people 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 one and row it, but those with better technique or who are stronger will make the boat go faster. But 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


NOMAN is more than a race, it’s a call to action. To eradicate the human papillomavirus (HPV) and prevent 5% of cancers. Previous NOMEN have included CEOs, Senior Bankers, Investment Managers, students, comedians and Olympic Gold medallists.

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 for one cause: to end HPV and prevent 5% of cancers.



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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