Monthly Archives: January 2012

San Francisco to be the Official Launch City of the OAR

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.

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From one ocean rower to another

Ben Fogle and James Cracknell are no strangers to rowing an ocean, being veterans of the 2005 Atlantic race.

Both men know from their own experience exactly what is in store for Andrew and Roz when they set off in May. Ben and James have offered the OAR Project team their well wishes and support, and will be following Andrew and Roz as they progress across the North Atlantic.

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Andrew Morris walks on fire

Rowing an Ocean is much more than a physical challenge. In the first of our series of video diaries for 2012, Andrew Morris explains how he has begun preparing in the countdown to the OAR.

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At the Outdoor Show with the OAR team

An unexpected break from fighting the pirates this week saw me back in the UK and able to attend the Boat Show at the ExCel. Bit of an old stomping ground for me in my former life as a professional yacht Captain and I bumped into loads of old friends, particularly on the Sunseeker stand, who had my old yacht up for sale and on display.

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So how did our intrepid rowers first meet…?

Andrew and Mick arriving in English Harbour

Mick has a vast experience of ocean rowing and as a professional Skipper, he’s spent a lot of time at sea. He first rowed the Atlantic in 2001 with his brother Steve and then had a surprise opportunity when his path crossed Andrew’s in 2005.

Andrew’s first experience of ocean rowing (as well organizing the shipping of many boats) was in 2005 when he set out to row across the Atlantic from the Canaries to Antigua, to support the Whale and Dolphin Society. His boat was called One Life.

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