You can see ROZ’S ROUTE here. Each dot links to the blog from that day. 160 nautical miles to go. (This may be updated as the day goes on.)

Guest Blog: I couldn’t do what I do without the dedicated support of “Team Roz”, the small collection of incredible individuals who day in, day out, help keep the show on the road. This year one in particular has stood out for her unwavering enthusiasm and dedication. Sandra Vaughn is passionate about helping people strategically develop their own dreams with over 20 years of experience in project management, PR, and marketing. Her gift is the ability to see and develop the strengths, gifts, and talents of the individuals, teams, and projects she works with. She has a new book coming out in 2012, “Strategic Planning to Develop Your Dreams”. Here, Sandra shares her uplifting story, and provides information on how to stay connected by joining me on a variety of social media platforms, campaigns, tours, interviews, as our team prepares to celebrate the end of this year’s epic voyage.

Graduating from Medical Marines Torture Unit

After lifesaving surgery and 9 months of intensive ‘torturous’ physical therapy, I learned how to walk again. Two years later, I completed a marathon, exhausted beyond measure with screaming muscles that I didn’t even know existed. Even so, my spirit was on cloud nine and soaring; I was deliriously happy at the thought of how far I had come. Two years earlier I had survived a serious neck injury which left me temporarily paralyzed on my right side and in a wheelchair.

Now, each year I celebrate my ability to walk by completing a 26 Mile Hike Marathon. I returned home from the hike to a voice mail full of messages. The first message was from a dear friend; “Have you heard of Roz Savage? You have to check this woman out! I emailed you an article about her – she SOLO ROWED the Pacific Ocean. AND the Atlantic, too! Really, no motor, no sail, and without a rowing team. Check it out. Give me a call; I want to hear about the hike.”

Celebrating Walking, Mt. Rainier

I had never heard of anyone r-o-w-i-n-g an ocean. Suddenly, my aching muscles didn’t seem to ache quite as bad. How does someone solo ROW an ocean? I read the article about Roz and, like many others, I was inspired by her amazing feat, her journey, and the compelling story of how she came to row oceans. After she had obtained a prestigious law degree, marriage, chased the material dream, bought the home and sports car, and spent 11 years working in London as a management consultant, she still felt like something important was missing in her life.

Roz sat down one day and wrote out two obituaries. The first one she wrote was what she wanted her friends and family to remember her by. She thought of the obituaries that she enjoyed reading of the people she admired. “They were the adventurers and risk-takers, the people who seemed to have lived many lifetimes in one, the people who had tried lots of things, some of them successes, some of them spectacular failures, but at least they’d had the guts to try”, she thought. The second version was, “the obituary that I was heading for – a conventional, ordinary life – pleasant and with its moments of excitement, but always within the safe confines of normality.”

The difference between the two was startling to Roz and clearly she realized she had to make some changes.

Begin with the end in mind.

Having almost arrived at my own obituary two years earlier – as I read Roz’s story, I thought what a brilliant idea; as Stephen Covey would say Roz began with the end in mind. I recalled the night my neurosurgeon stood in my hospital room explaining my options and risks; 1) I could die in surgery (and had to sign a release acknowledging that fact), 2) I could wake up paralyzed from the neck down, 3) take the chance he would fix me, 4) or not have the surgery and eventually be permanently paralyzed with a short life expectancy. I faced my own mortality that night and it changed my life forever. I laid there thinking about all the things I’d done in my life, all the things I wanted to do, and wondered if I had made enough substantial memories to leave my young children and loved ones with in case this was my curtain call.

I survived.

Everyone around me kept saying, “I wonder what incredible things you’re going to do with your life now.” I’d smile at the thought, but had absolutely no idea what it would be. Finally, I sat down and wrote out Roz’s ‘two obituary exercise’ and one of the things it helped me to realize was I didn’t want to continue exhausting my energies and using my skills leading and managing projects that only focused on monetary profits without assessing the damage it could cause to people’s health, the environment, and our quality of life. Instead, I wanted to use my skills to help others realize and reach their dreams. I sent Roz a note congratulating her on accomplishing the Pacific Ocean Row and offered my assistance if she needed it. I heard from Roz within a few days. She informed me that she wanted to row the Indian Ocean in 2011 and I signed on as a member of Team Roz.

What will your legacy be?

Roz inspires me. It’s not easy to talk about Roz and not make her sound like a super hero or a fictional character – after all she has solo rowed the oceans and to put this feat in perspective, women were not even allowed to participate in a marathon event in the Olympics until 1984. As the months passed by, I came to know the woman behind the awards, titles, and super hero status. She is a person just like you and me who decided one day to use her life to make a difference and she realized her dream by taking one oar stroke at a time. When Roz set out to row the Atlantic, they said she was crazy. “She is only 5’ 4”; she isn’t tall enough or strong enough to row an ocean.” But at last, after rowing 15,000 miles, spending over 500 days at sea, and making over 5 million oar strokes, Roz Savage is about to accomplish her goal and set a world record as the first woman to row the Atlantic, the Pacific and the Indian Oceans. More importantly to Roz, she dedicated her life to a cause that is bigger than a super hero title and vital to our existence. It is her mission to show that each one of us has a role in creating our collective future. Just like her oar-strokes, many tiny actions add up to a big achievement. Roz has proven that anybody can achieve the extraordinary. She illustrates beautifully a favorite quote by my dear friend and former colleague, Bob Moawad. “You can’t leave footprints in the sands of time if you’re sitting on your butt. And who wants to leave buttprints in the sands of time?” Have you thought about the legacy you will leave? Every choice you make in life and how it impacts the people around you and the environment you live in IS what your legacy will be.

Try it.

Write out two obituaries, the one you’re headed for and the one you want to be read about your life. I won’t promise you that it will make you an ocean rower, but it will definitely open your eyes, bring clarity to your vision, and launch you on the path toward living the life of your dreams.

It’s time to Celebrate!

We’re busy planning for Roz’s Indian Ocean landfall. Destination Mauritius! There is much to be done. We are excited and we’d love for everyone to celebrate with us. Have you told your friends about Roz? It’s time to spread the word, gather your friends, and join us in celebrating as Roz rows ashore.

We’re creating a special surprise for Roz. And, we need your help.

We’d love to know:

1) How did you come to learn about Roz Savage?
2) What’s your favorite memory or highlight of her ocean rowing career?
3) Did she inspire you? How so? Write a short 250 words or less and tell us about it. (Post it in a comment below.)

Stay Connected

Roz will be retiring her oars following this historic Indian Ocean row. But, she’s not retiring from using her life to make a positive difference. She has some exciting new announcements to make soon. Stay connected by joining Roz on the links below.

Join Roz on Facebook (here).

Sign up for the blog to be emailed to you, sign up on the website here.

Follow Roz on Twitter here. and she’ll follow you back (here).

Help Roz ban plastic bags from the Olympic Games 2012 by signing this petition here.

If you’d like to have Roz as a guest on your show or would like to interview Roz, schedule it here .

If you’d like to schedule Roz for your next event as a speaker or to host a great adventure, contact us here.

Tour Schedule: If you’d like to meet Roz in your city, stay tuned for Tour dates and times.
Roz is actively seeking sponsorship. If you’re interested, you can find out the opportunities for corporate sponsorship here.

Sponsored Miles: thanks go to: Pamela Adams, Stephanie Batzer, Jeffrey Green, Brian Smith, Tamara Fogg. Also to Kenny Runnderduck and Linda Leinen.

66 Comments

  • Here is one more way to get closer to Roz… 

    How to see webcam from Mauritus

    Click on www.maps.google.com

    In the prompt/search box on upper portion of screen cut and paste this coordinate:

    -20.689323,61.108704

    It is Roz’s approximate latitude and longitude in the Indian Ocean

    Click on the blue magnifying glass button directly to the right of the search box.

    Zoom out or in using the left hand plus or minus button until both the island of Mauritus and Roz’s estimated position is on the same page

    Hold your mouse over the square button labled “Photos” then click on the pop up button “Webcams”

    Three webcams are operational in real time on Mauritus

    The one closest to Grand Baie is “Live view from Le Meridien lle Maurice Resort”

    Click on that thumbnail 

    Row Roz Row!

    ~Jay

  • I saw her documentary Rowing the Atlantic on the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Amazing stuff! It is now available as a digital download through the”film” link from her website for $6.99 US…

    Soo proud of you Roz!

    • Johnnie come lately to this post…thanks Jay for these instructions…am  about to burn another hour after midnight to “get closer to Roz” in her last few hours asea…

  • 1) How did you come to learn about Roz Savage?My boyfriend was in Park City mountain biking and had bought me her book ‘Rowing the Atlantic’ as a gift. 
    2) What’s your favorite memory or highlight of her ocean rowing career?
    Her entire rowing career is a wonderful memory! There is no doubt that I will always remember Roz Savage, her mission and dedication!
    3) Did she inspire you? How so? Write a short 250 words or less and tell us about it.
    Most definitely she has inspired me! I have to admit that the lifestyle I wanted to live revolved around money. I recently graduated with a marketing degree and all I wanted to do with that degree was make money, buy a nice car and live in an awesome house. Since reading her book and following her blogs/posts, I am reconsidering what I want my future to be like. I want to travel, experience new cultures and be adventurous while making a difference.

    • I was given her book Jan 2010. Finished it in 3 days. Closed it, went to her blog and read 3 ways you know what you should be doing when it smacks you in the face9something like that). Bursted into tears, started journaling and came up with an idea to begin a non-profit. The Wahine Project has now been running for about a year and half with local and international outreach that makes the sport of surfing accessible to girls and teaches them about ocean conservation and global citizenship. I emailed Roz to thank her for her inspiration and she emailed me right back with more words of encouragement. Been following her ever since and sharing her story with others in hopes to inspire!

  • 1) How did you come to learn about Roz Savage?I read an article about her in The Almanac (http://almanacnews.com/) – our local paper and realized she was staying in a friend, Robert Kibble’s home – http://www.missionventures.com/team/kibble.html. Subsequently I suggested she might be an interesting speaker for the 74th annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race Dinner (http://www.oxcam.org/)  in San Francisco. She proved not only to be interesting but brave, tenacious and humorous.

    2) What’s your favorite memory or highlight of her ocean rowing career?
    I admired her navigation skills and persistence in avoiding islands on the way to Tarawa. 

    3) Did she inspire you? How so?
    In 2010, she put on Facebook that she wanted some folk to cycle with Team Roz on the Climate Ride (http://www.climateride.org/) which this year starts on Oct 2nd, along the northern California Coast. I thought it would be a challenge (a) to bike 320 miles in 5 days (b) to bike 100 miles in 1 day (c) to raise the $2400 minimum sponsorship fee. Roz inspired me to set goals, ask others for help and get out on my bike. The image of her forging way ahead of me on the Mendocino Headlands on a Specialized bike, demonstrated her world class athleticism. I’ve saved gas, biked new places and learned of great sustainability efforts thanks to the Climate Ride. Team Roz had a blast.

    Thank you Roz and enjoy Mauritius.

  • I learned about Roz when I bought my boyfriend her book, Rowing the Atlantic, for Christmas last year, but read it first. I was looking to row an ocean after I learned about the sport in the Fall of 2010, and I spent endless hours researching the topic on the internet, but then I read Roz’s book, and it was THE inspiration I needed to really pursue my own desire to row an ocean, as well as it re-ignited the passion to live my life with purpose, and to settle for nothing less than that.  The highlight of Roz’s career for me is that first Atlantic Row and how honestly she shared the highs and lows of all that she went through to succeed. And now, to be the first woman to come to row 3 oceans (soon) , solo, that is definitely a highlight! So yes, Roz has only been an inspiration for me, and as a result, I am rowing the Atlantic this December, skippering a crew of 6 women, rowing for the cause of human trafficking.  Also, a special thank you for Roz for so graciously posting so much helpful information in the Q&A section of her website. It has assisted our crew in many ways. All in all, a big thank- you Roz for all of your giving and living your life with purpose, and taking action to make a difference. It is so appreciated!

  • Roz Has Inspired Ripples of Change

    I met Roz in Nashville, TN, in May 15 of 2009.  It was one week before she launched from Hawaii in her 105-day row to Tarawa.

    Just minutes before she took the stage to deliver her keynote to the North America Summit of TheClimateProject.org (Al Gore’s trained presenters of his slide show “An Inconvenient Truth”), I encountered Roz as we were “coming and going” – like ships passing in the night – through a relatively uncrowded portion of the conference room during the morning break.  We said “hi” to each other in our respective “English” accents, a brief conversation ensued, and thus began our relationship.

    To make a long story short, I was transfixed by Roz and the story she told in her keynote address.  I greeted her afterwards with much admiration and a rare hug, and I have been following her and supporting her ever since.  We have common concerns and raison d’être.  Interestingly, I have learned something new from Roz, her blog and fellow Rozlings every day. 

    I will never forget the final 55-sleepless-hours of Roz’s approach to Tarawa.  She rowed a slalom course through several atolls that stood between her and the safe harbor of Betio Island.  I held my breath as her course unfolded on RozTracker, revealing her strategy and real-time decisions while the wind and currents carried her and Sedna Solo (then Brocade) on a series of collision courses with the small atolls, finally skirting past Maiana Island in the dark of night.  She later recounted that Neptune smiled on her with a favorable current that allowed her to sneak past the NE edge of Maiana, neatly into Betio, and that she did grab a few winks of sleep after getting leeward of the reefs and rocks.  Last year, on her approach to Madang, Roz gave us another breath-holding week as she negotiated the small islands in the Solomon Sea channel heading toward Bismark Sea west of New Britain.

    I like to tell people what I said about her when I introduced her at a speaking gig at CalEPA:  “She’s a real innovative, nuts-and-bolts problem solver.  After the second day rowing across the Pacific, her entire GPS course system broke down, so she relied on her car’s GPS to navigate to Hawaii [she believes in having back-ups to back-ups].  Not only is she really bright in things mechanical, but she’s a philosopher, a sociologist, a psychologist, an avid reader, an author, and an entertaining story teller.”

    Roz has inspired me to stretch, to challenge myself, to leap into the unknown without worry, and to “build your parachute on the way down.”  She spreads ripples in all that she does, and I am one of those expanding ripples because I share her passion with all I meet.

    Row influentially, Roz!

    • If ever I were to be offshore again, I would definitely want someone like you, UncaDoug, to be guarding over my tracking voyage map.  Roz has shared that it is reassuring to know you’re watching over her so closely with unwavering dedication – in the event something did go wrong.  I will always remember the call I received from you when you were doing just that – checking on Roz and discovered Sedna Solo was moving too fast for Roz to be rowing and you immediately checked in to inform our team to make sure she was okay.  You’ve offered Roz the truest sense of a guardian angel watching over her as she rows the oceans.  And, I know she treasures you for it.  Cheers! 🙂

  • I came to know about Roz when I picked up her book from the “New NonFiction” shelf at the local library.   It was at an especially low point in my life, being about a year after my husband had passed away unexpectantly at the age of 54.   I was keeping myself busy with reading (mostly novels), but her book sounded so interesting.  WAS I EVER GLAD I PICKED UP THAT BOOK!!   Aside from being a jolly good tale, so much of what she wrote  resonated with me at a personal level.  I still have two page of quotes from “Rowing the Atlantic” which I keep taped in my inspiration journal.   I’m about to sell my home and go live in Maine for a year near Acadia National Park.  I am looking forward to reconnecting with nature, and volunteering in the park.  I am optomistic that this will be a huge step forward in my grief recovery process.   Roz’s sharing of her adventures and her “can do” attitude has helped me to trust myself and when times get tough I just say “If Roz Savage can row across three oceans, then I can …….(fill in the blank).   

    Although her first row had such  personal impact on me, I’d have to say this last row is the most memorable since I’ve been able to follow her every step of the way through blogs and podcasts.   I hope I have the opportunity to meet her someday so I can thank her personnally for how her journey helped me (a complete stranger) at a dark time in my life.

    Row Roz Row!!

    • I smiled as I read your post Carol, because I do the same thing – when I’m feeling exhausted after an extremely long day, day after day, I tell myself, “Roz is still rowing”, and I somehow gain a little more energy.  Thank you for sharing your story with us and we wish you the best of luck in your new adventure.  Cheers! 🙂

  • 1. I first heard about Roz from my boyfriend who listens to Leo Laport. I read a lot of books about adventure travel and adventurers, so he thought I should check out Roz and her website.

    2. My favorite memory of Roz was meeting her in Laguna Beach at a book signing. I was impressed that she was more interested in asking questions of me, than of being asked questions about herself.  And I believe that Lynn Cox was there as well….so I felt like I was in the presence of “Rock Stars”…and here, Roz is asking about me!

    3. Roz’s motto “one stroke at a time” is what has helped drag me out of a deep depression. Little by little, one thing at a time….and I am getting through. I cannot begin to tell you how much this philosophy and all of Roz’s posts have helped me. Thank you!

  • In late 2007 or early ’08, in the idiosyncratic newsletter on the back of
    Buck’s Restaurant menu in Woodside I first read of Roz and the fact that she was
    living nearby and a fellow Brit. We exchanged emails and my wife and I took her
    out to dinner. After that, as we lived only a mile apart I was able to run
    errands for her until she moved to Marin.

     

    My favourite memory is of Roz transitioning from her gregarious friendly mode
    into the intense dedicated rower who, as she dipped oars for the first of a
    million strokes, seemed quite suddenly to forget the very existence of the dozen
    or so of us on the pontoon. Our cheering and shouts of goodwill stopped abruptly
    and we watched in silence as Roz disappeared into the dark of midnight. She
    would be gone for months on her way to Hawaii.

     

    I had spent a career inspiring people in various ways and situations so
    cannot say that Roz inspired me. But I certainly benefitted from the time spent
    with her (and also with her mother, Rita). I developed an affection for Rosalind
    (as she will always be to me) as if she were, perhaps, a niece.

  • I can’t really say how I first learned about Roz.  It had to be from something I had read, somewhere – I am always reading.  Roz had had finished her Atlantic adventure, and would soon begin the Pacific crossing.  Being someone who is landlocked, I could never fathom crossing such water and especially in such a small craft!  I was astounded by her courage and her interest in helping our oceans.

    I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and began treatments while Roz was rowing her way from California to Hawaii.  While she rowed, I was undergoing my own “adventure”.  It was never easy and sometimes I was not at all sure where the next day would carry me.  Her blog entries and example was an inspiration that reminded me that we all are in struggles and we all have our goals to meet.  There is no halfway.   On “the worst day of my life” when an infection quite literally carried me to the brink, Roz was one of the people I thought of and prayed for, along with family and friends who live much closer.  I refused to let myself become bogged down in self-interest.

    And so, Roz, it has been some time now.  You are nearing the end of your quest.  I am still in remission and will retire in less than a year.  You are a wonderful, courageous woman and I am proud to be able to say to you, “Thank you”.

    • “We all are in struggles and we all have our goals to meet.  There is no halfway.”  Very true.  Thanks for sharing your comment BaldNorman.  Wishing you all the best.  

  • On April 2, 2007 I took my daughter and granddaughter to MOSI in Tampa, Florida where we met Roz. I was enthralled by Roz’s adventure – her Solo Atlantic Row. Roz sold me her DVD and autographed it “Best Fishes! – Roz”. That is when I got hooked. I have read her every blog for the past 4 and a half years. 
    In July 2008, as Roz was in the middle of the Pacific and had run out of drinking water, I called and emailed any ship or craft I could find that was in the area, or headed
    to or from Hawaii, to try to get help.  I kept getting negative responses. On August 1,
    2008, when Roz was 1140 miles from Hawaii I contacted the raft “JUNK” (actually
    a raft made up of junk, bottles, old masts, old sails and an old airplane
    fuselage http://junkraft.blogspot.com/ who,  happily, was also enroute to Hawaii) with a request that they meet up with Roz
    and give her some help if they could. Anna, the landside contact for the JUNK ,
    immediately contacted Rita to get Roz’s sat phone number to give to JUNK. It took two long weeks, and 500 miles, but on August
    13, the JUNK and Roz did meet. It turned out that the two guys on the JUNK had
    underestimated how long it would take them to reach Hawaii and they were on
    their last bit of food – a jar of peanut butter. Roz had packed more than enough
    food and gave them three bags of food; they gave her 7.5 gallons of water and a
    manual watermaker. So after that, they both made it in much better shape than if
    I had not gotten them together! 
    In September 2008, as Roz was about to make landfall in Hawaii, I flew over to Hawaii to meet her. This was to be my favorite memory of Roz. First I met Anna who was very happy to meet me, she introduced
    me around and excitedly told everyone that “John got them together, he was the
    reason they survived!!!” An exaggeration, but the point was made. I also met the two guys on the raft, Marcus and Joel.
    I then met Roz again, and her mother Rita. Roz was very surprised that I fathomed her distress and asked me, “How did you know I was in trouble, I did not tell anyone?”  I just
    knew.
    The next day I helped Roz tow the Brocade from The Waikiki Yacht Club to the Hawaii Yacht Club to get Brocade onto her trailer to get to the museum where it was to be displayed. Roz asked me to stay and help her clean up the Brocade and
    get her ready for storage, however I was unable to and had to say goodbye.
    I have the DVD, Roz’s rowing gloves, and a paddle she re-gifted to me as memorabilia from that meeting. I also have her wonderful book.
    Roz has inspired me to be the best I can be. I have since retired and spend seven days a week volunteering. She got me to purchase cloth bags and get my groceries in them. I have cleaned up beaches and shores around the area on Roz’s behest. I have told everyone I know (and every seatmate on the 1008 flights I have been on) about Roz and her Herculean task, and people are always excited about her. It has been very exciting watching her complete her round-the-world row! Many other people have set out to do similar tasks, but so many fail where Roz has persevered! Roz is quite an inspiration, and a tribute to humankind. Watching her video and the tough times she went through in the Atlantic is amazing. Some events are unparalleled  including her cutting lose the sea anchor and going overboard in the process, and when she jumped overboard in the Pacific to retrieve something – and her boat almost getting away from her…wow, heart stopping moments!
    Row on Roz, great work!! Best of everything in your next adventures!

    • JohnH – you are truly the friend anyone would want to have in their corner, especially when one has run out of drinking water in the middle of the ocean.  I admire your determination and dedication to not give up regardless of the challenges of reaching Roz offshore and coordinating assistance from the most unlikely of sources.  What an intriguing story!  Thank you so much for sharing it with us here.  Roz will treasure that you’ve written it here, I’m sure.  Cheers! 🙂

      • It was truly a world wide effort to get Roz water. My note from here in Florida went to Anna who happened to be in Italy. Her note went to Rita in England. From Rita the request went to both Roz and Marcus way out in the Pacific!
        Florida to Italy to England, then out in the Pacific…the power of the Internet and Sat Phones!!
        Thanks, I had planned to go to meet Roz today but Rita nixed it. I wish Roz a safe landing!!

    • If that isn’t a tale that defines how the right people come into our lives at the right time, I don’t know what is.   We just have to stay open and believe!

  • I first heard of Roz from a “techie” neighbor of mine when I
    lived in Hollywood, FL. One visit to her website and I was hooked. I believe this was in 2008, and Roz was in
    the middle of her San Francisco to Hawaii crossing. At the time I was going through a
    particularly challenging time in my life and I would spend many nights,
    sometimes all night, online applying for work. In between the job hunt I would take time off to check up on Roz, anxious
    to know that she was holding up, wondering if the wind was blowing her off
    course, or if she was at it again – scrubbing barnacles off the hull while the
    deep blue loomed below her. As I sat at
    my computer in the wee hours of the morning, I wondered if Roz had any idea
    that she was popping up in the thoughts of “average Joes” scattered all over
    the world.  

    Although I have never
    met Roz in person, I feel, to some extent at least, like I know her. This may be because Roz is very open about
    many things, including her fears, her beliefs, her hopes, and her joys. In writing, Roz is not afraid to put what she
    believes out there – which is not to say she is unafraid (and thank God for
    that because fear often helps us stick around in one piece). Now Roz holds a place on my “bucket list;”
    one day in the near future I hope to personally meet her at some event so that
    I may shake her hand and tell her what an inspiration she has been. (I tried to
    get the Ellen DeGeneres Show to invite her on as a guest but I guess they are not on the ball.)  

    One of my favorite memories of Roz was how we came to be “Rozlings.” I remember how much I enjoyed reading all the
    humorous and oh-so-imaginative suggestions on what to name her faithful reader-followers.  Shortly thereafter came the comments
    regarding the visiting boobies…  and the
    mess they left behind!  In the end, Roz not
    only rows well, writes very well, lives well, and probably speaks well, she also
    inspires well. Thank you Roz, thank you
    for stimulating our conscience, for showing us how simple it can be to make a
    difference in our world, and for proving to us that when we put our minds
    to it, one idea at a time, one step at a time, one stroke at a time, what seems
    insurmountable can be conquered.  Millions of oar strokes… three oceans… wow
    Roz, wow!

  • I was 93 when I first learned of you, Roz. My son gave me an autographed copy of her book.  Once I started reading your story, I could not put the book down.  The print was pretty small so I used a magnifying glass … for a few months during your row from Tarawa down to Madang, my son mailed large-print versions of the daily blogs which he made using a word processor … it came complete with all the comments — it was fun to read what others had to say.  I had two thick books full and that kept me out of trouble.

    When my son would take me to dinner, he would invariably tell the waitresses or other complete strangers about you as we would be chatting about your latest situation and they would eaves drop and ask questions about you.  It is amazing (but not surprising) how many people are interested in what you have done, Roz!

    Your course through the Solomon Islands took you past islands where we put in to repair the fan tail of the troop carrier I was on in 1945 … our boat suddenly veered to avoid a mine that the lookout spotted in our path.  We avoided a direct hit, but as we passed, the turbulence from the propellers triggered the mine and the explosion buckled the fan tail 3′ … luckily we all survived unscathed.  We spent about a week at an island in the Solomon Sea near your circular course before heading up past Madang to the “Turkey Head” (Irian Jaya Barat) at the north end of Papua New Guinea where I spent nearly a year at WWII resort we carved for out of the jungle.

    I also enjoyed reading about your adventure in Palawan.  You were at the north end of the island, but I spent the better part of a year in Puerto Princesa in the middle of the island. Another wonderful WWII jungle resort complete with giant centipedes and spiders crawling on us as we slept.  You would write “Eek!”

    I am thankful that you have taken up your many environmental causes as has my son, and I have supported you all along.

    Love,
    Larry

    • Fascinating!  Your life falls under the category of the ones Roz admires. Thank you for sharing it with us.  Roz will surely treasure it.  You’ve lived quite the adventurous life.  We are grateful for your service, Larry.    

    • It is wonderful to read about all the different types of people Roz’s story has touched!!   I guess that ripple effect thing really is true. 🙂

  • I first heard about Roz as I was finishing a bike ride across the United States.  A friend who had been following my blog suggested I start following Roz.  Wow!  I was proud of having done my big ride, a fundraiser for Ovarian Cancer awareness, and, after writing to her, was honored to be a part of her Pacific row – even from a distance.

    Roz came to Asheville and gave a few talks about her big rows and I felt like I became her friend – as much as one can in a short visit. 

    This year, as Roz was starting the Indian Ocean row I received my third diagnosis of cancer.  All the time she has been rowing I have been in treatment.  Knowing she is out there doing this hard, and very important project has helped me as I sometimes find myself sinking and doubting. 
    that I can do MY project.  But Roz inspires me and, though our projects are very different, and mine is not exactly voluntary, I do feel that my life is changed because of knowing about what she does.  Once I am fully recovered I will return to living an active, purpose-driven life – just as Roz is now doing.

    Best,
    Laurey Masterton
    aka: Laurey in Asheville (NC)

  • To Sarah V: You too are just as amazing in your personal journey, and thank you for “organizing” the above page in a fashion that makes it so simple to access the most important links on one page.  Carry on!!

  • I found Roz during one of her Podcasts with Leo Leport while she was rowing from California to Hawaii.  She is:
    Awesome.
    Crazy.  
    Inspiring.
    Funny.
    Gently
    Nagging.
    Smart.

    I have loved reading her blog and getting insight into ocean rowing, Roz style.  The difficulties, the boredom, the excitement, the loneliness; reading the blog has been so fun and enlightening. It’s like an adventure novel but better. Roz is a heroine in the best sense: Human, but better and tougher than most of us!

  • I first learned about Roz on one of Leo Laporte’s other TWiT podcasts, when she was about to begin her second attempt at crossing the Pacific.Can I say that her blog is my favorite memory?  If I had heard about her achievements, without reading her blog, I would have dismissed her as one of million outstanding athletes (i.e. someone I couldn’t relate to!).  Instead I cherish her as an “Internet friend” whose adventures I can drop into conversation when talk turns to current events.I laughed when she put _Zen and the Art of Motocycle Maintenance_ at #3 on her all-time favorite books list.  Pirsig’s novel is just a load of pompous posturing, compared to her own blog and book.  IMHO.Did she inspire me?  Well…She has joined Laura Ingalls Wilder as a person whose travails I call to mind when I start to complain about some trivial discomfort and need some perspective (e.g. when flying across an ocean in a cramped airliner seat).

  • I first heard of Roz from Leo Laporte’s podcast network TWIT. Leo produced the weekly podcast for Roz for all stages of the Pacific row. After becoming familiar with Roz and her mission, I was sucked in. I found Roz’s conviction and approach to be intoxicating and a model for me to modify the path I was on. I did get to see Roz during her US speaking tour in 2010, she actually came to my little town in Minnesota. I was absolutely thrilled to be able to hear her speak in person and left the event inspired all over again. I work as a project manager and every day I get this feeling as if we will never make it to the finish line but in my mind I have to repeat what Roz said during her speech “every ocean crossing began with 1 oar stroke”. I am excited to see what else might be in store for Roz in the future. 

  • Namaste…The light within me recognizes the light within you. That is my memory of Roz.

    I met Roz in Nashville May 2009. When she told the story of her two obituaries, I had a “moment”. This truth rang loud and clear inside me. No more would I contribute to the obit that I didn’t want to leave, ever-more will I pour forth my energy to the life, legacy and love that I want to leave behind. The memory that I have, which is very special is telling her of my passion for the sea, and here, this eco-goddess listened. She handed me her card and told me to stay in touch. Like her words, and oar stroaks, I could see that she was honoring my contribution by listening and allowing me to share. She walks the talk. She rows the talk. What’s not to love about a spirit like that?!

    She inspires me to trust that voice in my heart. She did. Now I do.

    Namaste.

  • Dear One,
    Suggestion: see if you can edit this post so that the links (eg. Twitter) open a new window or tab rather than taking the reader away from this page. 🙂
    I’m very proud of how I went to Twitter and still made it back here. Almost as amazing as Roz! Tee hee!
    xo
    cc

  • Pardon my earlier comment re: opening blog links in new windows. I’m attempting to do so on my blogger blog, and am finding it’s not set up to do that. Tips? Bummer.

    Don’t let me distract from the celebration at hand!

  • I first discovered Rozs’ voyage when after I read a book about the Island of Mauritius I wanted to see it on Google Earth; I was “trolling” across the Ocean toward India & saw a little blue boat icon- it was a link to Roz.
    The most interesting stories about her voyage were her sometimes traveling companions and her sheer bravery (as if this ONE thing were ALL? lol, not) in swimming below her boat to scrape barnacles! The Chocolate cabin was an interesting “visual”! 
    Roz should be an inspiration to us ALL… not just women. We’ve known for centuries the strength & resilience of Women, However Roz is an inspiring Human in SO many ways! Thank you Roz, For your Humor as well! ^_^

  • I first heard about Roz in 2009 shortly before she set off on her Pacific row. My class of 30 7&8 year olds would check in on how she was going. We were amazed at the thought of her rowing that distance alone. Two years later my current class (30 9&10 year olds) are (still) watching her row. We’ll be checking in tomorrow morning (3rd for us here in NZ) to see where she is. Her influence on us has been one of looking to see what we could do for the environment – both collectively and as individuals. I also sponsored some miles on behalf of my class – it was exciting for us all when she rowed those miles.

    Well done Roz – you’re proof that we can all do something for this precious Mother Earth we live on. 

  • Hi Roz,

    On May 12, 2010 I saw this article on Mashable.com. http://mashable.com/2010/05/12/social-media-everest/  Here I learned of Filmmaker and Adventurer, Elia Saikaly, who was documenting his ascent on Mt. Everest and streaming his progress via technology to classrooms in Ottawa, Canada. Then, I followed him on EpicTracker.com.

    Right below Elia’s story on EpicTracker was your story, and your epic adventure to row the Pacific Ocean solo. I could only imagine what was it like to row this huge body of water solo. So I visited your website and saw the TED Talks special you did.

    Roz Savage: Why I’m rowing across the Pacific
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXqPaHQp4Xw
    What I found compelling from the film was your Obituary Exercise, and how that helped you assess whether or not you were making a difference with your life.The decision you made ‘to let go of your old life and live a life of adventure instead’ inspired me. That took courage and determination to live your best life yet.

    What I will remember most from reading your stories was how you constantly looked for the silver lining of the setbacks you faced, how you refused to entertain self-defeating thoughts, and how you asked for support when you needed it to buoy your spirits. Stop drifting. Start rowing.I remember when you and the rest of your followers were helping you come up with a mantra to keep you moving. There was a time when you looked at your surroundings, and all you saw was an ‘ocean of glass’. Yet, you knew if you did not keep on rowing, you would still be in the middle of that glass.Yes, you can look back at that Obituary Exercise you did 7 years ago, and you will know that you definitely made the right decision. Now, you are living your best life. 

    Your mother, Rita, is one incredibly supportive ally. You both inspire the world to live their best lives yet.Thank you for the adventure. May God bless you, Rita and Team Roz to launch another journey of epic proportions.Take care. I am glad to have stumbled upon your beautiful story.

    With love,
    Gina

  • I cannot really recall how I became a “Rozling”…somewhere along the line Facebook decided we should be “Friends”. How happy I am about that!  

    I come from a background of Banking….and retired early. I have had a few minor struggles in life …but  infinitesimal compared with the HUGE challenges that  Roz has set for herself. Roz…you are a real inspiration…not only did you think about an alternative approach to your life, importantly ( and a rarity) you got up and DID something about it!!…and that something was a massive and very brave  undertaking. I am amazed by your bravery, tenacity, guts, humour, skill, strength and wonderful abilty to inspire and communicate your message. The first thing I get into when my computer fires up is your blog…yes , it is addictive! Importantly it is awe inspiring and very amusing at times. You are a real craftswoman with language.Your constant striving to change attitudes to pollution, climate , plastic etc. etc. will rub off..it has with me …Boris next!If there is anyone that epitomises a true BRIT…you are it.I have never met you…but somehow you have allowed me to know you in a small way. That is a privilege. Thank you for being my “friend”David Church

  • 1. My brother works at TWIT and told me about Roz during her Pacific Row. He knew I would like her blogs and podcasts. I immediately became a passionate fan. I don’t know why environmentalists have gotten such a bad rap lately and thought Roz was much prettier than Al Gore and would be a wonderful spokesperson for our planet. I read her lovely book when it first came out, wrote a review on Amazon, tweeted Oprah and other talk-show hosts, and  post a snippet of her blog on my facebook page everyday. 
     2. There has been many highlights of Roz’s career that have meant a lot to me. But the one that stands out the most is when Dr. Kiki from TWIT was talking to Roz about the BP oil spill while Roz was on the Pacific. Roz’s voice broke in sorrow. She’s the real deal. My favorite blog post is one that’s called “The Pearl of Peace” from the Pacific row. 3. Has Roz inspired me? Oh yes, she’s had a huge impact on my life! I met her at a Portland book signing and she inscribed “Dream Big” as the inscription. Truly, because of that inscription, I started writing a series of children’s books about a friendly little dog I once had named Metro. Be careful how you sign books, Roz! 

  • 1) I learned about Roz by reading Doug Grandt’s posts on Facebook.2) My favorite highlight is reading about the antics of the fish, and how Roz first saw them in her Indian Ocean crossing, by looking through the waves.3) She inspired me by her iron will, spending so many months alone, and persevering, even though she made progress so slowly. That is awesome.

  • I’m late in the game, too wrapped up with surviving to know I can make a serious difference with just a little effort.

    I have come to understand that I have been making a difference, but not very effectively.  I now know better through your efforts Roz.

    I learned you, through a facebook friend who I finally met after the passing of a member of our family, a wonderful 15 year old mixed lab/chow dog named Tex.  He and I did not get along for many years, but as we both got to be middle aged, he and I became friends.  I missed that pup, and Susie story about her pup resonated with me, so I bought the books for my son’s, but in reality, I bought them for my grandchildren.   But because of Susie and her non stop support of you Roz, I will be purchasing your books for my son’s also.

    I am a born troubleshooter, I comprehend you abilities to make things work in the worst of times and making due with the things at had.  I admire that greatly, in my personal world, if I fail, usually it just means I just have to start over, in your world Roz, it can mean your life.  Your effort has been inspiring. 

    I am sure you have been called foolhardy for putting yourself in danger, but you know what… your efforts have been multiplied in the awareness of the environmental dangers we face.

    Thank you for your efforts, thank you for your caring.

    From a new best fan in Vancouver USA.

  • I first heard of Roz one morning when I was watching Regis And Kelly..Regis was reading that she was going to row to Hawaii and he waved the newspaper and said she would never make it. I googled her name and signed up for the best summer adventure I had ever imagined. All of the rows are epic in themselves….but the San Francisco to Hawaii row was our “courtship”. The storms, and the garbage dump, the two guys sailing that she met up with in the middle of the ocean…the damn watermaker…the stories are endless….as is Roz’s spirit. I will never forget that summer…or all of the following summers since. I wrote to her after that row to thank her for the best summer read that I have ever had. When you read a good book, you start to read more slowly so it won’t end…that is how I felt when she was approaching the islands. To thank her for that special summer, I offered to do her hair …it is a tradition now…after  every row…she gets a hilight/haircut. I can’t wait for her to make her way back to California…as some sunny hilights and hair love awaits! XO.
    It puts in perspective the song we sang as kids…”Row row row your boat……”…Life IS but a dream Roz….

  • I first learned of Roz from Leo LaPort’s (sp?) podcast.  I listened to her entire first row on a road trip and was hooked.  I’ve purchased her book for friends, so eager to share her story with other women who are at a crossroads in their life.  Roz is an inspiration to anyone and everyone who has come to the realization that life is for the living and that every once in a while you need to shake up your reality.

  • I discovered Roz Savage and her adventuring spirit when she had completed the Woodvale Challenge and was already talking about her Pacific Row. Having seen her TedTalks, the great mini-docu and visited her blog a few times, Roz has solidified my own adventure planning. And most of all, there is no such thing as can’t.

  • I came to know Roz through Doug Grandt, who has been at the helm of her FB page, and had the good fortune of meeting Roz at the Oceans festival in Monterey during the summer of 2010.

    Roz has shown us incredibly staggering personal perseverance and unyielding commitment to  conserving the oceans and our planet.  She has redefined the statement, “One person can make a difference.” Thanks, Roz, for your incredible inspiration!

  •   When I read Roz’s book last year I was immediately inspired by this remarkable woman. I had to read her book twice because I could not get enough of hearing about this incredible lady. She is a role model for all, there is no doubt! The journey that she is about ready to end is one I will not soon forget. It started in the Spring and we are now in Fall, let me say that again, starts in Spring and ends in Fall!!! What a woman!!! You have inspired this old man like you would not believe. Because of you Roz there are some goals that I am now going to shoot for. Thank you young lady, role model!!!!!!!

  • I learned about Roz by rowing around the internet and likely following
    a facebook link.  Roz was on the second leg of her Pacific row from Hawaii.
    Serundipity!  …and I have followed ever since… 

    My favorite highlight was the capsizes and knockdowns in the 
    Indian Ocean ( https://www.rozsavage.com/2011/09/19/day-139-beginners-guide-to-boat-rolling/ )

    Reminds me of the song… Tubthumping: “I get Knoked Down, but I get up again. You’re never gonna keep me down”.   

    Roz inspired me most with persistance…no matter what… Just keep rowing and going.   

    I love sailing… and I have had one capsize in my 16 foot sailboat with my daughter in the cold May lake waters of Maine… Close to hypothermic… boat stayed “turtled” until rescued a *while* later.  AND I still got “back on the horse” and continue to love sailing.  One more tidbit… ever since I read about Roz’s food, I have been making my own sprouts with her recommended Easy Sprouter…. along with Laurabars for my own land and water adventures.  Thank you. Roz!

  • 1) Chance encounter; found Roz whilst looking up another ocean rower (though he rowed ‘only’ the Atlantic, years ago, and with two companions) by the name of Derek King.
    2) Favorite memory? Philosophy fridays 😉
    3) Resurrected my desire to help make the world a better place, if I’m able, and with the encouragement of knowing there are many people of the same mind, if this blog is anything to go by!

  • And…
    congratulations to Roz and all her support crew. Good job!
    To al of you in Mauritious, have an enjoyable reunion with Roz.
    Over and out.

  • I learned about Roz just after her Atlantic row, near the time she published her book. From the start, I found an intrinsic connection to her and her choices in life, sharing in her goal to increase environmental awareness and her overall love of water/rowing. Roz is a wonderful example of how a person can change his/her life for the good, how to reach for a goal and move ever-forward towards it, and how to live and breathe outside of one’s comfort zone. Often over the past few years since Roz’s story entered my life, I have asked myself ‘what would Roz do?’ in rough/stressful/hairy situations. And it has helped me to no end. 

    Roz and I also shared a roundabout connection because it happened to be a few of my distant relatives who were involved in one of the pirate episodes earlier this year. Having my rowing mentor passing near these pirate infested waters further prompted me to rally around her efforts and goals. Witnessing Roz face this danger, as well as many others, while not waivering from her goal has been quite an inspiration! 

    Congrats and way to lead the pack, Roz! You live by good example. 🙂 

  • I’ve been lucky enough to know Roz for over 20 years as girlfriends living and working in London, holidaying in France & travelling in Peru and South Africa. We have always kept in touch no matter what or where. 

    Roz wasn’t quite as ocean-rowing crazy back then but I had a sneaking feeling she always wanted to know the ‘Ultimate Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, The Universe and Everything’. Which of course, Roz now knows is ’42’ thanks to Douglas Adams. 

    All my 20 years of memories are favourites, shared on land or from the ocean and Roz inspired me many years ago to take that leap of faith and totally change what I was doing and where my life was going. Looking forward to many more years of friendship and putting the world to rights…

  • I heard Roz interviewed on Radio National in Melbourne just before she set off.  The host said she was the most charming guest he had ever had on the show.  I had to agree…and also was so inspired to hear someone speak about all the things I care about – so rare to hear someone that you agree with ABSOLUTELY.  Every time I go somewhere that plastic bags are banned (e.g. NT in Australia) I can’t help but think that Roz would approve – she’ll always be there in the back of my mind.   I also love the fact that she loves the books I love and isn’t so fussed about the ones I don’t like.  So inspiring and yet so down to earth – lovely to have a hero you can relate to on all levels.  I have no doubt that Roz will continue to inspire no matter what she goes on to do.

  • I had the pleasure of accompanying Roz on her book tour in the SF Bay Area in 2009.  During the week we spent together, I learned how inspirational Roz is to so many people and how dedicated she is to the causes she represents.  I have since had the opportunity to connect her to other friends with similar goals — albeit not upon several oceans — and continue to watch with amazement the many and significant accomplishments Roz can count to her credit.  The world is truly lucky to have Roz Savage to “clean it up”.  I wish I could be in Mauritius to celebrate this latest achievement.  She truly deserves the grandest celebration there is. 

  • Hello! I’ve known Roz for awhile and blogged about how we met and some conversations & small adventures along the way. So, I hope this will be helpful if I can just give you a link to my blog search for her name: http://en.search.wordpress.com/?q=roz+savage&site=heartshapedsky.wordpress.com Thank you so much! Hugs! ~ Ami Baio

  • In 2008, read in local news about the “JUNK raft” guys. Found their blog just as they were about to meet up with Roz to trade water for food, a few hundred miles from Hawaii. The JUNK raft dinner party still stands as my best memory of Roz’s ocean adventure. Off and on, I’ve followed Roz’s blog since mid-2008. During that time, I was completing some physically challenging landscaping work. Each time my shovel hit the dirt, I thought of Roz putting her oars in the water. We’ve both accomplished goals, hers took 15,000 miles, and mine was confined to less than 12,000 square feet of earth. However, each in our own way, we are both working toward a greener future. Roz will have her name in record books, while I will have fruit to pick and vegetables and herbs to harvest, but no more lawn to mow! Very happy, healthy rewards for us both!

  • Huaraz, Peru, 2003ish I think.  We both needed a climbing partner so we joined up and climbed El Pisco.  Roz and I connected well during that time and have kept in touch ever since.  Roz’s story was an inspiration then, even before she began her Eco-Hero-Rowing-Wonder-Woman-of-Inspiration-Education-and-Determination career. 
    My favorite highlight(s) of Roz’s story thus far- whenever we happened to be in the same part of the world at the same time, whether it be Peru, Oregon, Hawaii, or elsewhere.  I love me some personal Roz time! 
    Roz is a huge inspiration, setting such an incredible example for all to follow, showing that incredible feats are possible if you have enough determination, perseverance, and a wee bit o’ insanity, and all in the name of helping to save the world by inspiring and educating others, one oar stroke at a time. 
    Roz is Rad!

  • i watched roz’s ted talk and ran out and got her book. we have a similar life story, although i have not rowed on to become a famous environmental activist. she is amazing!! i am so inspired by her drive and courage. she has proven over and over again that you can finish your very challenging goals, despite the challenges that appear! and i love that she is growing sprouts on-board!! i hope that she makes it to oregon in the u.s. on her next land-based tour so that i can congratulate her in person! all the love!!! – lisa lucas

  • I first heard of Roz just before she rowed into Madang, Papua New Guinea, from Kiribati.

    My good friend, Jan, had been monitoring Roz’s approach and he let us know her ETA. To cheer her in, the whole town of Madang was piled up near the dock, on rocks by the shore, on walls, on verges, boats, floats and outrigger canoes. There was dancing, singing, traditional tribal dress, clay-painted bodies, and very important men wearing official uniforms

    She docked next to the yacht I was working on and we had a prime position to watch as she cleared customs and immigration (a couple of tables on the dock with papers, stamps and the important people).

    Once she was free from all the red tape, I took it upon myself as a fellow English-woman to invite her out on our regular Saturday dive expedition, and to the pub. She accepted both invites, and it was at these occasions in Madang that I got to know a bit about what Roz is all about.

    I am proud to tell people about what Roz has done, is doing, and that I know her. Before I met her, I didn’t like plastic bags at all. Now I loathe them. That’s her legacy to me. Tim Minchin says it all really; ‘Take your canvas bags’.

  • What a wonderful idea, Sandra…yes, it was over 2 years ago that “found” Roz…was grazing the headlines on CNN.com and saw the header about “this woman who was rowing solo across the Pacific”… I said “what!?”… and clicked for the story…and rest, as they say, was history…

    I immediately signed on to get her daily blogs, enjoy her radio interviews, and follow her charts into the wew hours of the night…at first I was a bit leery of such folks who were doing rather extreme activities, but the more I read, the more I realized how real, down home, passionate, and personable Roz was…this all accidentally was confirmed when I saw during her book signing tour across the US she was to come to my part of the world in Portland…I grabbed a few friends and we headed to Powells…to listen, to shake her hand and have her sign some early Christmas presents I couldn’t wait to give…

    Since then I have continued to worry, laugh, wonder, and be inspired by Roz’s daily blogs…never quite understood why they always seemed to get to me around midnight just before I was heading to bed…often she keeps me up another hour or so reading, maybe responding, but always intrigued by her latest day…

    I have missed not being able to follow Roz on this last journey ala the pirate risk…was hooked as she was navigating the Solomons heading to Kiribati…and like others was worried whether she would make it…other moments too many to recall have caused me to laugh after midnight, even shed a few tears as well…I will miss her sea journeys but was also inspired and worried when in Copenhagen and was robbed of her dearest possessions…OMG…was inspired by the quick and generous support the flowed even during those difficult moments “on land”… just a few dear memories…and I am sure more to come–beyond the sea…

    Again, it has been a joy to read each and every one of these entries and find out how so many who I have equally followed as “commenters” have come to know, follow and love our dear Roz…thank you all for sharing your stories!

  • Scappoosebrad, these are better more up to date coordinates

    -19.960441,57.99408

    And you have come at a perfect time. Roz is just at the beginning phase of her Amazingness,wait until she is on land and watch what she will do!

    Cheers~
    Jay

  • I first met Roz Savage in the Spring of 2009 when I heard her speak at a Climate Project event down in Nashville. What stands out the most to me is not so much a single event but her incredible tenacity and courage and great humor through her updates, particularly when facing grueling set backs due to winds/weather, etc. Her persistence is phenomenal. I don’t know how she didn’t lose hope  -it is those moments that really struck me.

    Roz is a beacon of hope for what one can accomplish if we set our mind to it. So many of us get caught up in lives that we think we should have or sort of fell into. Some of us may have moments of lucidity knowing that we want to change but actually taking action and doing something tangible about it is rare indeed. Meeting her and hearing her story helped me change my life. I may not be breaking any world records at any point soon but I am working to do the kinds of things that make me truly happy and feel worthwhile. Unbeknownst to her, she helped me see through my insecurities and focus on the big picture and I’ll be forever grateful to her. GO ROZ! My girls are only wee ones but they will know about you and what you have done. You are a force of nature but more importantly you taught us that if we want it enough, we all can be.

  • I started doing graphic design work for 5 Gyres back in May and first learned about Roz on the 5 Gyres JunkRaft blog. I’ve been an avid Facebook fan ever since. 

    I’ve been out on the ocean sailing and it can be a very scary place. I can’t imagine being in the middle of the ocean all alone… and for so many days at a time. I think it’s so admirable that she’s putting herself through such extreme conditions to help spread the green word. 

    I’m deeply moved by her passion, courage and willingness to put her life on the line to motivate others to get involved and to take action. She inspires me to strive to do more!

    Thank you Roz!
    Michelle Nakamura

  • I first heard about Roz from my friend Karen Morss who supplied Roz with jam. At first I thought she was crazed until I did more research and found out why she was doing this rowing thing.
    Knowing someone who is this passionate about the earth makes you stop and think about how you go about your daily life and make some changes toward lowering my impact on the planet.
    Unfortunately, my favorite memory is the freighter 200 yards away during a call of nature, so Monty Python, I laughed hard. Sorry Roz.

  • 1) How did you come to learn about Roz Savage?  I attended an event at the Presidio Yacht Club as a birthday present to myself. I was about to sail away on California for the 90/10 Clipper RTW Yacht Race and wanted to meet other people interested in adventure.  Glad I did!
    2) What’s your favorite memory or highlight of her ocean rowing career?  Of course, “the chaps downstairs”!  

    But more importantly, I read Rowing the Atlantic when I was racing across the Atlantic in a 68 foot sailboat (we had no refrigeration, so smaller carbon footprint!).  I was (and continue to be) inspired by Roz, and by being at sea for 32 days, to change teh direction of my life.  I saw a lot of plastic and other human-created debris during that crossing and it made me think about my own impact on the planet.  I changed the way I bought things and, in many cases, just stopped buying things.  I changed the way I ate – now I buy locally grown, sustainable, organics, in season, with no packaging, and use canvas shopping bags. One step at a time, we can each make changes that make a global difference. 

    3) Did she inspire you? Yes
    How so?  Roz never gives up. When leaving Crescent City for her Pacific crossing, she had some set backs.  She just kept trying and made it (after leaving from a more current-friendly San Francisco)! She is just one person, but  with a team of supporters that grows and grows – educating the world about cleaning up our environment.

  • I first heard about this on TWiT. Between this and Google Earth suggested route from my house to Japan really makes me want to at least row between two islands.

  • 1) How did you come to learn about Roz Savage?

    Roz gave a keynote speech at the North American Summit in Nashville, TN in May 2009.

    2) What’s your favorite memory or highlight of her ocean rowing career?

    I interviewed Roz for a school project (but secretly because I wanted
    to regain my own courage that had somewhat vanished from burnout).  

    3) Did she inspire you? How so?

    After my interview with Roz, I began to find
    my courage again.  During the interview, I asked her how she dealt with fear, and I thought about her responses to several questions including that one.  

     

    I gave her book as a Christmas gift to some relatives that year.  For others who were having a bad day, I’d put their experience in perspective by sharing one of Roz’s days (e.g., boat turning over).

    We all have special gifts and talents.  We don’t have to fix
    ourselves, but rather find ourselves like Roz did (and look what
    happened in her life). 

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