Ove Joensen

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Ove Joensen's Faroe Boat “Diana Victoria” in Nólsoy (May 2008).
Memorial stone for Joensen in Nólsoy.

Ove Joensen (born December 3, 1948 in Tórshavn , Faroe Islands ; † November 26, 1987 in Skálafjørður ) was a Faroese adventurer and is considered a rowing legend .

He went to sea from an early age. As a 12-year-old he had already saved his own Faroe boat , with which he drove back and forth between Nólsoy and Tórshavn. Without any higher education he later started his service on the Danish sailing training ship Danmark . After the first tour he was promoted to quartermaster , and at the age of 21 he became the youngest boatswain ever on a Danish training ship.

Joensen became famous for rowing alone in the Faroe boat Diana Victoria, built by Hanus Jensen, from the Faroe Islands to Copenhagen . He had to abort the first attempt on July 21, 1984, and further aborted attempts followed. On July 1, 1986, he set sail from Nólsoy and finally reached Copenhagen on August 11, where he was enthusiastically received by thousands of people. The distance is about 900 nautical miles (1700 km) and Ove Joensen did it in 41 days. In Denmark it has been called Ro-Ove ("Ruder-Ove") since then .

Ove Joensen drowned at the age of 38 when he rowed his boat Diana Victoria alone on the Skálafjørður fjord in the evening in good weather and went overboard for an unknown reason.

In honor of Ove Joensen, a folk festival, the Ovastevna ("Ove Meeting"), is held every year in Nólsoy at the beginning / middle of August . His boat is in Nólsoy, where a memorial stone also commemorates him.


  • Kirstin Didriksen, Ragnhild Joensen: Ove . Egið forlag (self-published by Kirstin Didriksen), o. O. 1989, ISBN 87-982956-3-2

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