Life has been busy for the last couple of weeks as we toil away on pre-expedition preparations. A month from now we will be on standby to depart from St John’s, Newfoundland, and we are entering the crucial final phase of the countdown. More news on that in a future blog (hopefully this week, time permitting) but meanwhile I wanted to let you know about a few upcoming events. In reverse chronological order…..

23rd April: Tickets are now on sale for the Best of British Launch, the official send off for the OAR from San Francisco. Bojangles will form a centrepiece of the event, and will leave that very night to start her long journey across the country to Newfoundland. Please come along, and/or help spread the word to any friends or family in the Bay Area. The more, the merrier!

Point Molate

21st April: Just before our launch – and assuming that I am not tied up with last-minute packing – I plan to be at an Earth Day clean up at Point Molate Beach being organised by Sustainable Point Molate in conjunction with the Watershed Project. Please plan to join us to help clean up and restore the beach for future use. Gloves and garbage bags will be provided and a free BBQ will be on the agenda along with free Point Molate buttons. More info to come, or RSVP to David Helvarg of Blue Frontier Campaign if you are interested in coming along.

Adam Savage from Mythbusters
Adam Savage from Mythbusters (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

13th April: Later this week I will be speaking at the EG Conference in Monterey. Described as the “premiere gathering of and for innovators in media, technology, entertainment and education”, the conference explores our most creative enterprises by engaging a gifted mix of people — from rising stars to living national treasures. I will be appearing in the same session as Adam Savage of Mythbusters fame on Friday morning. You can join us in cyberspace by joining EG Everywhere. The first 100 people to click here and sign up will get 50% off the usual price of $200 for an annual subscription. The conference runs from 12th-14th April. I will be there – and so will one of the oars that I used for the Atlantic crossing, many times broken and many times repaired. It makes me feel quite emotional to hold it – blood, sweat and tears were shed over those 10 feet of carbon fibre.

Cover of "Legacy of Luna: The Story of a ...
Cover via Amazon

11th April: This Wednesday I will be joining one of my personal heroines, Julia Butterfly Hill, for the Spring of Sustainability. I was given Julia’s book, The Legacy of Luna: The Story of a Tree, a Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods, by Ralph Nader a couple of years ago, and devoured this story of a powerful personal commitment to conservation that culminated with Julia spending two years living in a redwood tree to prevent it from being cut down. If you care about the future, and about the Earth, you’ll want to check out the Spring of Sustainability. The season of online events includes some of the biggest names in thought leadership, including Bill McKibben, Van Jones, Thom Hartmann, Joanna Macy, Randy Hayes, Alec Loorz, Hunter Lovins, Andrew Harvey, and Satish Kumar. And, ahem, me, at noon PDT on Wednesday.


So I hope to see you soon – either in person or in cyberspace!




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  • Hi Roz,

    I like the new web site format. Pleased to hear your “retirement” is short lived. The modern conception of such is self destructive anyway. Retirement should not be a term for slacking off or indulging in a life of fishing or golf but completing those things you needed to do but couldn’t because you needed to make a living.

    Happy Easter!

  • Roz, Bojangles is looking good, but I gotta say, that so-called sleeping quarters has got to be smaller than the Apollo capsule that went to the moon. I am no Goldilocks, but for a big brawny bearded bad-azz rower (ahem, I am just big), that is TINY. Everybody should spend a few minutes inside Bojangles’ cabin and on deck to truly understand … up to now, it was all in my imagination. Now I have a first hand appreciation … but certainly not the rocking and rolling and tipping and bouncing … OMG.  Safe travels to you and Andrew.

    Eric, I agree! I ended my career “going to the office business as usual” on the Vernal Equinox (symbolically) as a gesture of beginning my “new life” and encore career as (what I call) a Slow Living activist. First destination: May 30 – June 1st in VT.  On an extended road trip en route and return (and beyond), I will connect with and mentor the youth who formed groups for the all across the country, to guide them in achieving successes in a variety of projects, to find their voice while taking significant measures to reduce reliance on burning fossil fuels.

    Now that I have the time, I can do it full time, everywhere, while exploring the natural wonders of this continent … finally!  My adventure launches this coming Sunday.

    Thank you, Roz for your inspiration.  You helped me find my voice and my calling.

    Wow! Roz! Wow!

  • Wow! Roz! Wow! Wonderful conversation with Julia yesterday. I listened to you again this morning on the archive at and jotted down a few random thoughts you and Julia expressed, which will remind me not to question my decision to launch my upcoming adventure. Thank you for these: We are not without fear … stretching outside our comfort zone … fear of change … attachment to status quo … not knowing what lays on the other side of that transition … once that decision is in our rearview mirror, what was holding us back … to be happy with who I am rather than what I own … web of connection … spreading ripples of change … there is hope. Being out in the wilderness frees us from the bonds of civilization … clarity … share that little moment of pause … 

    ♥ ❤ Julia is an excellent listener and restated what you said quite clearly. You two gave a beautiful interview Roz ♥ ❤

    Wow! Roz! Wow! and thank you so much ;-D

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