OAR Project

Roz reports from the OAR team base in St John’s

 

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.

 

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New Sponsors – McMurdo and ADEC Marine

EPIRBs from McMurdo

As the departure date draws ever closer, the OAR Project team are taking delivery of an increasing number of parcels and packages, sent by our generous sponsors.

McMurdo have supplied a Smartfind EPIRB and two Fast Find Personal EPIRBs for the team, together with floating pouches and lanyards for the Personal EPIRBs. McMurdo has been a leading provider of emergency locator beacons on land or water for over 20 years.

These Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons are vital pieces of equipment that can pinpoint the boat and the rowers positions in an emergency. The EPIRBs are registered to the boat and the EPIRB Registry knows who is onboard and who to contact. If there is an emergency out at sea, Andrew and Roz simply have to press a button and within minutes, the UK Coastguard will know exactly where they are and that they need help – then emergency procedures can be activated to help ensure their safety 24/7.

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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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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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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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Meet the OAR Crew at REI Berkley

 

March 6th 2012: 19.00 – 20.30. 

REI Berkley: 1338 San Pablo Avenue,Berkeley, 94702; (510) 527-4140. 

Limited spaces available. Find out more and register now!

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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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