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The Impossible Row

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The Impossible Row
Captain Fiann Paul, Andrew Towne, and John Petersen
StarringFiann Paul
Colin O'Brady
Andrew Towne
Cameron Bellamy
John Petersen
Jamie Douglas-Hamilton
Original languageEnglish
ProducerMatador Content
Original release
Release2020 (2020)

The Impossible Row is a documentary from the Discovery Channel. It follows explorers as they row across the Drake Passage and become the first in history to do so. The journey took 12 days and ended on December 25, 2019 with the six crew members reaching Antarctica. They were the first to accomplish three feats, including the first to row across the Drake Passage, the first to row to the Antarctic, and the first to row in the Southern Ocean.[1]

The six crew members were Fiann Paul, Colin O'Brady, Andrew Towne, Cameron Bellamy, John Petersen, and Jamie Douglas-Hamilton.[2][3] The documentary follows the crew members on their journey between South America and Antarctica. It was released in early 2020 on the Discovery Channel and also in a video series on DiscoveryGo.[4] It was also nominated for a Critics' Choice Real TV Award in 2020.[5]


  1. ^ Agnew, Mark (17 January 2020). "The Impossible Row: Colin O'Brady part of elite team's world first by rowing treacherous Drake Passage, where '10 days feels like a month'". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  2. ^ "EYOS Expeditions contracted by Matador Content to assist the filming". (EYOS). 2020-10-15. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  3. ^ "'The Impossible Row'. Historic first row of the Southern Ocean. Featured by Olympic Rowing Federation". worldrowing.com. Retrieved 2020-11-23.
  4. ^ Alcinii, Daniele (10 January 2020). "Discovery Channel to examine first rowing voyage across the Drake Passage". Realscreen. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  5. ^ "Critics Choice Real TV Awards announced: Full winners list". ABC 11 News. 29 June 2020. Retrieved 15 November 2020.

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