Despite not making front-page news, Sally’s leadership secured all of the project finance required to cross oceans through individual and corporate sponsorship and also raised over £300,000 for charity.
As relevant to corporate teams and community groups alike, the lessons from Sally’s adventures are about life and relationships. How people cope with everyday challenges in ever changing circumstances and how people do the funniest things.
With over five years’ speaking experience Sally she has a natural, buoyant and engaging presence, which leaves her audiences uplifted, amazed and inspired.
Sally’s experiences have been captured and published in the book Sally’s Odd at Sea.
Sally took part in Nancy's Heroes, a recreation of Nancy Wake's epic trek across the Pyrenees to Spain to escape the Nazis on the 14th September. As part of an 8 woman team she crossed the high peaks in 4 days following the Le Chemin De La Libertie, (The Freedom Trail) which was one of the hardest wartime escape routes in aid of the Royal British Legion.
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Sally spins a great yarn and has the audience in sticthes as she recounts the mishaps which lead to her rowing the Atlantic with her Mother.
* The pain of pulling out of the first attempt when rowing partner Marcus Thompson suffered an epileptic seizure.
* "The Kiwi's do the Hakka, the Kettle's do the Yoga!"
* Close encounters with a pod of pilot whales.
* Making it to Barbados after nearly 4 months at sea.
'The Rowgirls - Making it across alive' (Dur. 15mins - 1.5hrs)
Picture the scene, it's the worst weather in the Atlantic for nearly 200 years! Sally tempted the God's when, on April Fools day, she offered to skipper the first women's four to row any ocean. Find out how this competative team of four amazing women made it to the start of the Atlantic Rowing Race 2005. They soon became the fastest female crew in the race, 5th place out of 26 competing teams but then, when disaster struck, hear how they finally made it to Antigua lucky to be alive.
* Finding the winning team.
* Facing the hurricane and 2 tropical storms.
* Jo leaves the boat – and everything’s going wrong.
* The rudder falls off and oars are broken.
* SHARK attack!
'Sally Kettle - The First Woman to row the Atlantic (from East -West) Twice' (Dur. 30mins - 1.5 hrs)
An opportunity to listen to both stories creating a fantastic ocean going tale.
Sally’s presentation was extremely well received. Quite a few of the students, who were all Sixth Formers, were heard to say that it was the best talk they had heard this year (and they have had six). I think that the girls in particular could really relate to what they heard and indeed a group of them spent quite a while chatting to Sally afterwards and asked to be kept in touch with her future projects. She arrived in such good time and was generous with her time, staying to chat afterwards
Alicia Houghton, Marketing Manager, Bethany School
'I recently invited Sally to attend a corporate networking event in Newcastle. Speaking in front of some of the most high profile business men and women is no mean feat but after listening to Sally’s story, fear is not a factor to her. Sally spoke with such passion and enthusiasm that everyone in the room was left thinking “what can I do differently”.
Mussel Club - Business Networking Event
Sally delivers a fantastic presentation which leaves you wanting more (fortunately she has more in her excellent book!) I can only speak in the highest regard for Sally Kettle as a public speaker and would recommend her to anyone looking to motivate a group of people old or young.'
Geoff Bowman, St James's Place
'Sally Kettle is a confident and colorful speaker who engages the audience with her honest and down to earth style'
Melissa Norman, Event Officer
"Your talk was much better than James Cracknell's!You bought the whole experience to life."
Christopher Davidge OBE - RFU - National Panel Conference for Referees
‘Sally was a lively and energetic presenter who enthralled the audience with her impressive tales. Funny, engaging and someone whose determined approach had achieved excellence in the face of adversity.’
Delegate’s comments included:
* “A most interesting tale.”
* “A story recounted in an amusing and engaging manner."
* “Outstanding speaker, and a pleasure to listen to.”
* “Excellent, best speaker of the whole conference.”
Sally adapted quickly to the audience and supported her tales with pictures that enhanced her performance.
I would fully recommend Sally Kettle who was excellent.’
Steve Savage, RFU, Community Rugby
'Sally came to speak to us at our Gala Dinner and had the audience captivated. As well as being a joyful guest for the evening, Sally’s recounting of her oceanic marathon was spell binding – we all want to get in our own boats and row across the Atlantic ourselves. Sally has led a life we can only dream of, she has gone out there and grabbed life with both hands and made her mark – truly inspirational. I know there is more to come with Sally and her future - we can’t wait for the next installment. Sally is always welcome with her new friends in Knowsley.'