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Transoceanic Rowing - Tango

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 29 October 2011

John McCarthy hears about the transoceanic rowing experiences of Roz Savage who has just completed a crossing from Australia to Mauritius making her the first woman to row solo across the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans. John also goes cheek to cheek with the tango as he finds out why the dance draws people to its roots in Argentina. He talks to travel writer Kapka Kassabova about its history and hold over her, Sarah Kennedy who went on a tango holiday and Sally Blake who has written a tango guide to Buenos Aires.

Producer: Harry Parker.

  • Roz Savage

    is a British ocean rower, environmental campaigner, and internationally acclaimed keynote speaker. After 11 years working in London as a management consultant, she embarked on a new life direction – in a rowing boat. In 2006 she completed a solo row across the Atlantic, and in 2010 became the first woman to row solo across the Pacific. She has been listed amongst the Top 20 Great British Adventurers by the Daily Telegraph, In 2010 she was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic.

    Rowing The Atlantic – Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean
    ISBN-10: 1416583289
    ISBN-13: 9781416583288

    Find out more about Roz Savage
  • Kapka Kassabova

    is a freelance journalist and author born in Bulgaria and who moved to New Zealand as teenager. In 1998 she won the New Zealand Society of Authors Award for the Best First Book of Poetry for her collection All Roads Lead to the Sea. She has won two Cathay Pacific Awards for Travel Writer of the year in New Zealand. Her first novel, Reconnaissance won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book in the South-East Asia-Pacific region in 2000. She has written Globetrotter guides to India and Bulgaria. She writes for various publications around the world.

    Twelve Minutes of Love
    (Publisher Portobello Books Ltd)
    ISBN-10: 184627284X
    ISBN-13: 978-1846272844

    Find out more about Kapka Kassabova
  • Sarah Kennedy

    is an accountant and had been working in the financial services industry of Grand Cayman for year when she decided to take a career break at the end of her contract in May 2010. She spent three months in Africa, three months in SE Asia and three months in Europe, and then went to South America. She took dance lessons there and fell in love with Argentina and the Tango, and has been dancing it ever since.

    Find out more about tango lessons in Buenos Aires
  • Sally Blake

    discovered the tango following her divorce in 2006 and went to Argentina to follow her passion for it. She met her partner through dancing the tango and decided to stay there. Struck by the numbers of tourists who had come to tango she has written a dance guide to Buenos Aires.

    Happy Tango: Sallycat's Guide to Dancing in Buenos Aires
    Pirotta Press Ltd
    ISBN 10: 0956530605
    ISBN: 9780956530608

    Find out more about Sally Blake



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