UPDATED 02/05/21 WITH FURTHER INFORMATION ON THE EXPEDITION’S PERSONNEL
American cable network Discovery Channel has commissioned a feature-length documentary set to chart the first human-powered rowing voyage across the Drake Passage.
Produced by Matador Content, The Impossible Row will follow an expedition captained by Icelandic explorer Fiann Paul and a team of explorers and athletes including Colin O’Brady as they traverse the dangerous ocean crossing – located between South America’s Cape Horn, Chile and the South Shetland Islands of Antarctica – in a 29-foot rowboat with no sail or motor.
Cameras follow the group as they battle through blistering winds, 25-foot swells and stormy weather in a test of the rowers’ physical and mental strength and stamina. According to a press release from Discovery, the crew rowed “24-hours-a-day, rotating around the clock, with virtually no sleep as they endured over 600 miles of the Earth’s iciest waters between South America and the Antarctic Peninsula.”
“I’m incredibly proud of how this team performed. Many doubted the possibility of this expedition, deeming the attempt too risky. But with the success of this journey, we were able to prove the impossible possible and hopefully inspire others to dare greatly in their own lives,” said O’Brady in a statement.
The Impossible Row is exec produced by Matador Content’s Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin, Brian Nashel and Jerry Carita. For Discovery, executive producers are Scott Lewers, Christina Bavetta and Kristen Variola. Colin O’Brady and Jenna Besaw also serve as executive producers.
In addition to the feature-length film, expected to air on Discovery this Spring, Discovery documented the entire voyage in a mid-form video series, titled The Impossible Row on DiscoveryGO. In addition, Discovery will air a feature length documentary in Spring 2020.
“This was an incredible opportunity to immerse viewers in an awe-inspiring adventure creating a real-time connection to these elite athletes pursuing this extraordinary mission – Discovery’s brand to its core,” added Scott Lewers, EP and EVP of multi-platform programming, live events & network strategy for Discovery, Science and Animal Planet.