05/20/2012 02:24 EDT | Updated 07/20/2012 05:12 EDT

U.K. rowers cancel transatlantic plan

Two rowers from the U.K. have dropped their plan to try to row from St. John's to England in time for the 2012 summer Olympic Games in London.

Roz Savage and Andrew Morris said they believe the risk posed by sea ice, bergy-bits and icebergs off the east coast of Newfoundland this year is too high.

The duo had hoped to set a world-record as the first mix-gendered rowing crew to make the more than 3000-km crossing in a row boat.

They made the announcement in St. John's Sunday, where they had been preparing to depart in their 24-foot boat, the Bojangles.