Transatlantic rowing attempt called off

Colin MacLean
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Danger from icebergs higher than expected

Roz Savage with Bojangles, the ocean rowing boat she and fellow Briton Andrew Morris had hoped to cross the North Atlantic in. — Photo by Barb Sweet/The Telegram

An attempt by two British adventurers to row across the Atlantic in time for the London Olympic Games has been called off.

The team's project manager Naomi Coe reports that the Olympic Atlantic Row Project has been postponed indefinitely because of iceberg concerns.

"We have to put the safety of the team first. There are scores and scores of bergy bits, the small lumps of ice are the ones we're worried about, so essentially we would be sending them out to row through a minefield device," said Coe.

This decision is tremendously disappointing, she added, but safety must remain paramount.

"It's an adventure. We always knew it wasn't going to be easy but we also are doing this as a professional endeavor and we don't want to send the crew out to do something foolhardy. The risks are just too high," she said.

The rowing team consists of experienced ocean rowers Roz Savage and Andrew Morris.

They will soon ship their vessel home to the U.K. but still plan on rowing from the Bristol Chanel to the Thames in time for the Olympics.

Organizations: London Olympic Games, Bristol Chanel

Geographic location: Atlantic, U.K.

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  • Mark
    May 21, 2012 - 10:35

    Ice Bergs? Bergy Bitts? My god your in a row boat. One, your not going fast enough to do any damage. Two, even if its blind thick of fog, in a small boat such as this you would still see an ice berg. And three, shouldn't they be more worried about the wind and sea conditions on the Grand Banks? Get Real People!!!

  • Edmund
    May 21, 2012 - 09:15

    Surprise, surprise, all these wannabee UK drama queens come over here, live off the locals while they "get ready" to go. Then, if they go (a lot of then don't) we have to rescue them at our tax dollars expense. They should all "go home" and don't come back. Go have your free holiday on the backs of some other province or state. We do not need the expense associated with these nutbars.

  • Don
    May 20, 2012 - 23:34

    Next time make them post a $5,000,000 bond to cover the rescue coat Canada will have saving them.

  • Thad Hoskins
    May 20, 2012 - 16:02

    Guess it shows how well planned this outing was. Where did they think they were coming to and what did they expect in the North Atlantic at this time of the year? Palm trees?

    • Robert
      May 21, 2012 - 09:39

      I totally agree with your assessment of these people! Perhaps they have been listening to our current debates about SAR and came to the conclusion that if anything went wrong out there they would be on their own; like our own sea going people.