Danger from icebergs higher than expected
Roz Savage with Bojangles, the ocean rowing boat she and fellow Briton Andrew Morris will cross the North Atlantic in once the weather is right. — 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.