Monthly Archives: March 2012

Tickets for the Best of British Launch now on sale!

Join us for the Best of British Launch on April 23rd as the city of San Francisco says farewell to Bojangles and the OAR crew.

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Andrew Morris undergoes prolotheraphy

The rigorous 2012 training regime is well underway with a focus for Andrew Morris on managing a number of injuries sustained during his last row in 2005.  Andrew has enlisted the help of leading expert Dr Rodger Oldham to regrow the damaged ligaments in his back using a groundbreaking technique, prolotherpay.

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Roz Savage on joining the OAR Team

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.

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Andrew Morris on the new OAR Team

Rowing an ocean is a major challenge to undertake and finding someone to replace Mick Dawson was no easy task. Taking on the North Atlantic requires experience and tenacity and I can’t think of a better person to step up to the plate than Roz Savage. As an ocean rower, Roz is a true professional who brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the OAR Team. I am very much looking forward to working with her over the coming weeks as we get ready in the countdown to the OAR.

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Press Release – Introducing Roz Savage

Roz Savage to join Andrew Morris in an epic row across the North Atlantic

We are delighted to announce that Roz Savage will be joining the OAR Project.  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.

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A fond farewell from Mick Dawson

The increasing time commitments required to successfully complete this row across the North Atlantic and contribute fully to the OAR Project as a whole mean I have reluctantly come to the decision that I can no longer participate as a crew member. I am very disappointed to have to drop out, especially at this late stage, but Andrew and I have spoken at length and we both agree it’s the right decision. Read more

Introducing Roz Savage

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.

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Press Release – Napier Turbochargers Ltd

Napier Turbochargers are powering the OAR Project!

Napier Turbochargers Ltd are delighted to announce their sponsorship of the OAR Project – a world first attempt for two ocean rowers, Andrew Morris and Roz Savage to cross the North Atlantic then continue to London via the UK’s inland waterways, arriving in time for the start of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Napier Turbochargers are no strangers to the harsh conditions of the ocean, as they produce high quality, robust products capable of reliable operation in the marine, power generation and rail industries. Plus Napier’s tradition of world-class engineering has allowed them to achieve an unrivalled pedigree in the area of land, sea and air speed records.

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See Bojangles refitted and ready for the OAR!

Join the excitement as Bojangles, the 24-foot, carbon/kevlar composite foam ocean rowboat is refitted ready for her forthcoming journey across the North Atlantic. From March 1 to March 7, visit with British Ocean Rowers Mick Dawson and Andrew Morris as they ready their high-tech craft at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park’s Hyde Street Pier. During the seven-day work period, visitors to the pier (enter at Hyde and Jefferson streets) will be able to observe the  preparation work and speak with the crew between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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OAR Crew to present at the St Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco

Wednesday March 7th 2012. Arrival from 11.45am, programme starting at 12.30pm.

St Francis Yacht Club, 99 Yacht Road, San Francisco, CA 94123.

All members of Yacht Clubs in Northern California’s Pacific InterClub Yacht Association welcome.

Lunch (optional) $17.

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