Roz set out from Fremantle in Australia in April 2011 to row her third and final ocean, the Indian. She had originally wanted to aim for Mumbai in India, but this course would have taken her close to the coast of Somalia and through the Arabian Sea, where just that January four Americans had been shot on board a yacht. Roz consulted with maritime security experts, and based on their advice to remain in the Southern Hemisphere, decided to aim instead for Mauritius.

The voyage got off to a glitchy start when electrical problems caused her to pull into port at Geraldton, and again on the Abrolhos Islands off the West Coast of Australia. With the electrical system still somewhat temperamental, but with some newfound skills as an amateur electrician, she finally struck out across the Indian Ocean.

This was her longest single voyage – exactly five months alone at sea without seeing either dry land or another human being. The Indian Ocean proved to be feisty, and despite the 100kg of lead that had been installed in the bottom of her boat’s keel as extra ballast after the capsizes on the Pacific, Roz nevertheless suffered several capsizes en route. After 154 days at sea she made landfall at Grand Baie in Mauritius, becoming the first woman to row solo across three oceans.





Why would someone who seemed to have a life of ease and comfort leave it all behind to brave some of the most inaccessible, unpredictable, and dangerous parts of the planet?


The no-frills, bare-bones, facts and figures version


Still not sure what happened when? Click here for the timeline of Roz's voyages and other achievements.


Lots more detail about Roz's expeditions across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.


Roz has spoken to tens of thousands of people across six continents, to corporate, governmental, nonprofit, environmental, and educational audiences.


Concern for the environment was the driving force behind Roz's voyages. She continues to advocate for a sustainable future, alongside a variety of partner organisations.


Details about "Rowing the Atlantic" and "Stop Drifting Start Rowing"


Get a digital download of "Rowing the Atlantic", Journeyfilm's award-winning documentary.


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