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Upper School Science Teacher Bryce Carlson Sets Rowing Record

The Seven Hills community congratulates Upper School science teacher Bryce Carlson on setting a rowing record!

Carlson spent his summer breaking a record, rowing solo and unassisted across the Northern Atlantic Ocean in 38 days, six hours, and 49 minutes, setting a record for a west-to-east crossing, according to the Associated Press (AP). He is also the first U.S. citizen to complete the row.

The Ocean Rowing Society posted Carlson’s time on its website, stating that he broke a record previously set in 2016. Carlson has also submitted his information to Guinness World Records.

Carlson began his record-setting journey on June 27, leaving from St. John’s, Newfoundland, and landing at St. Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly, off the coast of southwest England, on Saturday, Aug. 4. He traveled at an average speed of 2.5 knots and rowed more than 2,000 miles.

The science teacher completed the row in the Lucille, a 20-foot-long carbon fiber boat named for his grandmother. Carlson and Lucille encountered several challenges, including capsizing, the remnants of Hurricane Chris, and losing a sea anchor. Despite this, Carlson said he was supported throughout his row.

“I feel like I had a lot of luck along the way, and a lot of help,” Carlson told the AP. “Help from my friends, my family, the community—from some higher power, I don’t know.”

Carlson was greeted in England by an excited crowd of family, friends, and onlookers who lined up for autographs and photos and to share their congratulations.

Carlson’s row was covered extensively by the media locally, nationally, and internationally. Click the links below to read more.



Fox 19

Cincinnati Enquirer

New York Times

Washington Post

TIME magazine

PBS News Hour


Associated Press

The Telegraph