She holds four world records for ocean rowing, including first woman to row three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian. She has rowed over 15,000 miles, taken around 5 million oarstrokes, and spent cumulatively over 500 days of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat. She uses her ocean rowing adventures to inspire action on the top environmental challenges facing the world today.
A latecomer to the life of adventure, Roz worked as a management consultant in London for 11 years. Since embarking on her first ocean in 2005, she has braved 20-foot waves, been capsized 3 times in 24 hours, and faced death by dehydration when both her watermakers broke. She has encountered whales, dolphins, sharks, and turtles, and admired the timeless beauty of sunrises, sunsets, and star-filled night skies. The ocean has forced her to develop courage, tenacity, perseverance, and the strength to transcend self-imposed limits.
An accomplished and inspiring keynote speaker, Roz has spoken to tens of thousands of people across six continents. Past engagements include the Royal Geographical Society in the UK, the National Geographic Society in the US, the TED Conference and the Vail Symposium, as well as numerous corporate speaking engagements.
Roz Savage is a a United Nations Climate Hero, and an Athlete Ambassador for 350.org. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an International Fellow of the Explorer’s Club of New York, and has been listed amongst the Top 20 Great British Adventurers by the Daily Telegraph. In 2010 she was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic.
Her story has been featured on CBS, ESPN, NPR, and the BBC, and in articles in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Outside Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Express and the Evening Standard. She has written for numerous magazines and websites including Forbes and the Huffington Post, and contributed a chapter to the book “Oceans” to accompany the Disney film of the same name.
Her inspirational book, “Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean”, is published by Simon & Schuster. The eponymous documentary has been screened around the world in association with the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Her second book, Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman’s Search for Happiness and Meaning Alone on the Pacific, is published in October 2013 by Hay House.
In 2010 she was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic. In 2013 she was named a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.