Moira Cameron can’t come on January 27th (having a major operation) so we now have Sally Kettle instead.
Sally Kettle (London)
With a First Class Degree in Theatre with Visual Practice; culminating in a six week sit-in at a local laundrette, making a dress from tumble drier lint and sewing it together with her own hair; Sally’s career had actually been pretty dull, or so she says until January 2004 Sally Kettle and her Mum left the Canary Islands to row across the Atlantic. Her Mum only had a months rowing experience, in fact as practice, she had dragged a pair of dingy oars from the attic and attached them to the dining room chairs with Sally’s Dad’s ties. Against all the odds and after 105 days, 16 hours and 28 minutes at sea they arrived triumphant in Barbados. They are the first mother and daughter team ever to row an ocean.
Sally made a life’s decision after that row – she would do it all again and in November 2005 she returned to the Atlantic with The Rowgirls, a four woman team hell bent on setting several world records and beat the fastest time for the Atlantic crossing to Antigua. A month into the voyage, and lying 5th place in a fleet of twenty six boats, it all started to go terribly wrong. Hear Sally’s dramatic account of racing at sea and the crew’s mixed fortunes which included the highs of feeling truly alive and connected to the elements and surrounding wildlife as well as the lows of losing a Rowgirl, facing storms that forced many other crews to take to their life rafts, being attacked by a shark that tore a hole in the boat and coping with the pain of blisters and boils. But storms, sharks, holes and boils didn’t stop the remaining three woman crew, led by Sally, from making landfall in Antigua after 77 days at sea. This is a story of courage, determination and teamwork to avert disaster.
Sally has appeared on Ready Steady Cook and Deal or No Deal, she is a model and she is shortly to present a TV documentary about living life on the most remote islands in the world, St. Helena and Tristan de Kuna.
Sally is an excellent speaker who holds the audience spell bound with the adventures she had with her Mother
Once Ocean, One Mum & £1 Million This is an exciting story of a mother and daughter adventure which took both courage and determination. Together they faced 50ft waves, whales and tankers. Find out how the amazing journey changed the lives of these two women and discover how they raised over £1/4 million for charity. They are the first mother and daughter team ever to row an ocean.
The Rowgirls In November 2005 Sally returned to the sea with the Rowgirls, a four woman team, bent on setting several world records and beat the fastest time for the Atlantic crossing to Antigua. Hear the highs and lows; a story of courage, determination and teamwork to avert disaster.