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.
I first met both Roz and Mick back in 2005 when we all took part in the Atlantic Rowing Challenge from the Canary Islands to Antigua. For Roz and I, this was our first attempt at conquering an ocean and it was safety skipper Mick Dawson who helped us on our steep learning curve. Little did Mick know I would end up persuading him to leave the comforts of the support yacht behind to join me in my ocean rowing boat, Charmed Life. Needless to say, we’ve all been firm friends ever since.
One Ocean is never enough and as all adventurers know, we’re constantly looking for the next challenge. As we’ve often joked, actually rowing the North Atlantic will be easy, it’s the time and hard work it takes to get to the start line that is the hard part. It’s been a tough decision for Mick to take a step back from the OAR Project, but this is very typical of his wanting to give Bojangles the best possible shot at making it to across.
Both Roz and I are extremely grateful Mick will be right there with us in spirit and that he remains an important and integral part of the team. Mick is currently in San Francisco refitting Bojangles where Roz and I will be joining him over the next couple of days. Bo is a fantastic boat and more than proved her capabilities on the Pacific Ocean in 2009. I would like to thank Mick for giving Roz and I the privilege of bringing her home London in time for the Olympics. I have no doubt he’ll be the first one to hand us both a beer when we reach the finish line come July.