Given our current preoccupation with unusually high numbers of bergy bits and other ice fragments off the coast of Newfoundland this year, it seems poignant that we have just passed the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Mos and I plan to take a wreath with us in remembrance of those lives lost at sea.
The OAR team has been reunited in St John’s, Newfoundland, the port of departure for the OAR. We’re in the final stages of our preparations and all keeping a close eye on the weather forecast.
Press Release – Top ocean rowing duo “ROZ AND MOS” launch epic North Atlantic world record bid next week
Patriotic UK rowers Roz Savage and Andrew ‘Mos’ Morris fly the flag
unveiling their expedition motto: ‘Best of British’
Wide selection of high-res pictures available
Both rowers available now for interview, filming, podcasts ++ Read more
May 2012 - Raymarine, the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine electronics, is supporting the Olympic Atlantic Row (OAR) with the latest marine technology. Raymarine navigation equipment will play a vital role in the OAR’s epic challenge to row 2,000 miles across the North Atlantic Ocean, departing from Canada to arrive in England in time to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games.
I thought I had retired from ocean rowing, but I also said ‘never say never!’ When the opportunity to take part in the OAR Project presented itself, the time was right and the pieces of the puzzle fell into place. I’m really excited to take on the challenge – not only of rowing the North Atlantic route, but also as a mixed pair, which will add a new dimension to my ocean rowing experience. I’m also really looking forward to rowing home, and continuing the journey across Britain to arrive in London in time for the Olympic Games.
Roz Savage to join Andrew Morris for the OAR
We are delighted to announce that Roz Savage will be joining the OAR Team. Roz, holder of four world records for ocean rowing, is an eminent environmental campaigner who uses ocean rowing to inspire action on the greatest environmental challenges facing the world today.
Mick Dawson, who was originally set to row with Andrew, has been unable to devote sufficient time to prepare for the voyage due to his day job fighting pirates. Mick remains fully committed to the OAR Project however, and has taken on the role of leading the shore based team. He is currently in San Francisco refitting Bojangles as a live working exhibit at the Maritime National Historical Park on Hyde Street Pier.
We’re proud to announce that San Francisco will be the official launch city for the OAR. Mick Dawson has a special affinity with San Francisco, having completed his epic 7000 mile row across the Pacific underneath the Golden Gate Bridge in 2009. Mick and teammate Chris Martin were welcomed into the city with open arms by then Mayor, Gavin Newsom and presented with honorary life memberships at the historic Golden Gate Yacht Club in recognition of their achievement, also a world first.
Preparation for an endurance event such as the Olympic Atlantic Row begins many months beforehand. Watch Andrew Morris in action as he begins a programme of altitude training to get him fit to face the Atlantic. As expert Ian Andrews explains, the science behind altitude training is what makes it so attractive to the world’s top athletes. Read more