Ocean rowing is very much what you make it. Rowing technique is pretty irrelevant on the ocean. It's the psychology that's important.
Roz Savage | solo ocean rower
How did it all come about?
So how did it all begin, this crazy idea to row across a bloomin’ ocean? One thing we are hugely proud of is that we all wanted to do this individually, no one was asked, cajoled, or persuaded to undertake this monumental challenge. For Amy and Jooles it probably started with the GB Row around the UK back in 2012 when the race was taking place in 2013. A crew of 6 ladies formed and the huge process of fundraising and sourcing a boat began. We went to see the Team Hallin 6 man catamaran style boat with Chris Covey that took part in the 2011 race from Tenerife to Barbados. The ladies even secured £50,000 of funding for the boat from Cancer Research, but it wasn't to be and the crew separated and went back to their normal lives. Fast forward 6 years and Jooles happened to be on Facebook on the 5th January 2019 when an old friend decided to add himself to the Ocean Rowing Society Facebook page. This resulted in Jooles contacting Amy again and the idea of rowing an ocean was revived. They recruited Mark in the March and by June the trio had a boat, a plan, had started ticking off the courses, training and making inroads into fundraising. For Mark, joining the girls was also unfinished business. He had previously had a male pairs crew and hadn’t made it to the start line due to under funding and the other rower pulling out due to personal reasons. This time the crew have all got a fire in their belly and will reach the Start in December 2020 with their amazing R45.