Roz Savage, one of two British rowers planning to cross the North Atlantic, is shown with the boat, Bojangles, that she and Andrew Morris will be using to make the journey. — Photo by Barb Sweet/The Telegram
The next weather window for two British rowers waiting in St. John’s for a chance to set out on the North Atlantic is Saturday.
There had been some speculation the pair could set out today, but they decided there was too much ice.
The Olympic Atlantic Row ocean rowing project has its sights on a journey from St. John’s to London.
Experienced ocean rowers Andrew Morris, 48, and Roz Savage, 44, are in St. John’s with a specially designed ocean rowing boat Bojangles.
The rowers are putting safety before their adventure and want the right weather to set out in.
“We’re looking at having to face icebergs when we first set out. More significant are the ‘bergy bits’, lumps of ice floating just beneath the surface of the water that won’t be visible to us as we row backwards, particularly at night. Until the weather improves to a point where it is safe for us to depart, we’ll be staying on dry land,” Morris said in a statement.
“So soon after the centennial of the Titanic sinking, we are keenly aware that boats and large chunks of ice do not get on well together. We’re keeping a close eye on the situation and considering all of our options,” Savage added.
Morris said they want to rely on the judgement of local weather advisors.
“While we wait, we are enjoying the fantastic hospitality of St. John’s and using the time to eat well and get as much sleep as we can, in the knowledge that the weeks ahead will surely make severe demands on our bodies and our stamina levels. We’re both looking forward to the trip enormously,” he said.