I’ve been hard at work on my next book. It will be about the Pacific row, with a particular focus on the environmental issues that I witnessed on my way from San Francisco to Papua New Guinea, such as the North Pacific Garbage Patch and other issues facing the ocean and the citizens of island nations. In the last 16 days I’ve written over 80,000 words, and I hope to finish the first draft before my birthday on 23rd December. I’m having great fun writing it, remembering back over the incredible things I’ve seen over the last 4 years, and I hope that one day you will have great fun reading it.
But I am taking some time out to send this email because I’ve got some really exciting news to share. It has just been officially announced that I have been selected as an “Adventurer of the Year” by National Geographic. Obviously, I’m completely over the moon about this – it’s a great honour.
I’d like to thank my online community for your support, which has undoubtedly contributed to my receiving this wonderful accolade. My boat and I may be the most visible part of the picture, but I couldn’t do what I do without the ocean of support from you and others like you, and so this title belongs as much to you as to me.
I see this as a vindication of the course that I plotted 6 years ago, when I chose to abandon my creature comforts to row across oceans, using my adventures to spread the message that we have to look after this Earth if we want it to look after us. When I look back over the years since I first set out across the Atlantic in 2005 as a nervous novice ocean rower, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the people and places and incredible life experiences that have enriched my life while I have worked incessantly to make my vision a reality.
Now, very important: I have a favour to ask you – would you please vote for me? Out of the ten of us who have been chosen as “Adventurers of the Year”, one will be voted the “People’s Choice Adventurer”. Between now and January 15, people will be voting at http://j.mp/Vote4RozNatGeo for their favourite adventurer.
You can vote repeatedly, ONE VOTE EVERY DAY FROM NOW UNTIL 15TH JAN. If you would be willing to do that, I’d be incredibly grateful! Put a sticky note on the side of your computer screen to remind you! I realise there are a few other things going on at this time of year, so if you miss a day or two I’ll forgive you (!) but every vote counts, so please do vote when you can.
It would really be the icing on the cake if I won this additional title as well. Besides the prestige, it would give a real boost to my efforts to raise profile and funds as I prepare for the final expedition of my ocean-rowing career: the Indian Ocean in 2011.
The Indian Ocean – dubbed “EAT, PRAY, ROW” – starts around 31st March next year. I’ll need $50,000 to complete the row and am asking people to sponsor $10 per mile of the 5,000 mile trip. There’s more about this campaign on the EAT PRAY ROW website page.
I want to leverage this expedition to the max, reaching as many people as possible with my environmental message. The more resources I have at my disposal, in terms of (wo)manpower, budget, and media exposure, the more effective I will be in my mission.
I would be really grateful for your vote, AND for you to forward this message to your network of friends, family, colleagues, newsletters – whatever connections you have at your disposal. Please take a moment to think of as many people that you know who are interested in adventure, athletic endeavour, environmental issues, personal growth, rowing, or simply enjoy an inspiring success story – and ask them to vote for me on a daily basis. More than just a vote, this would really help spread the awareness and the inspiration.
Just to remind you of the link again: ask them to vote for me by going to the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year website and clicking on the “vote” button next to my name. And to please keep doing it again every day for the next 36 days!
My podcast co-host, Vic Phillipson, has also come up with a great idea for a final push for votes on 11th January, 2011, at 11am in your local time zone. 11/11/11. We will be asking people to do 11 things to help me get votes – such as posting 11 Tweets, or sending out 11 emails, or asking 11 people to vote. Vic will be posting suggestions on our Roz Roams website, as well as a special podcast that we recorded to announce the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award.
And warmest green wishes