Savoir Faire

BOAT number 7

Team name: Savoir Faire

Boat name: Emilia Oliver

Boat stats: 24-foot-long ocean racing boat built in 2009 to cross the Atlantic. Two rowing positions and two cabins, though the forward cabin will be used for storage.


This is the only men’s pair racing in GBRow 2013. If they finish they will set a new world record for a male pair, rowing from around Britain, starying and finishing at Tower Bridge in London.
Age: 42 Life coach and gym owner

From: Now lives in Salcombe, Devon with wife Sarah and their children Oliver, 3, and baby Emilia Rose, born in February. Originally from Cheshire.

Profile: He is an adventurer who has rowed the Atlantic. He has run no fewer than 55 marathons, including a marathon on Everest and the gruelling Marathon of the Sands in the Sahara desert. After rowing around Britain, he hopes to complete the Bob Graham round, covering 42peaks in the Lake District in 24 hours.

Jason is convinced that a pair of rowers is the way to beat the record because of the crew dynamics.

Height: 6ft 3ins 94kilos

Age: 27

From: Churchstow, near Salcombe, Devon. Works as a sound recordist and lives with partner Helen.

Profile: Growing up near Salcombe, Josh Tarr is an avid surfer and accomplished sailor. He has also tried his hand at lots outdoor pursuits like kayaking and mountaineering. Last year he cycled alone and unassisted from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for charity.

Height 6ft Weight 14stone.


Alex PartridgeBEIJING silver medal winning rower Alex Partridge, who also won bronze in London the men’s eight is supporting Team Savoir Faire.

Alex says: “Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr have proved they are worthy of a new world record for a pair rowing non-stop and unassisted around Britain. The current record is nearly 52 days – these guys have the ability to smash that set a new record that will be hard to beat in the future.”

More information on the Savoir Faire website.