After an aborted attempt on the Pacific in 2007, when her boat capsized 3 times in 24 hours, Roz set out from under the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco on May 25, 2008. For the first few weeks, strong winds repeatedly blew her back towards the Californian coast, but eventually she broke free and struck out towards Hawaii.

Unfortunately the rough conditions had taken their toll, and her watermaker succumbed to rust damage a few weeks later. A lucky encounter with some fellow environmental campaigners enabled Roz to replenish her water supplies. Her encounter with the JUNK Raft - two scientists aboard  a vessel made of 15,000 empty water bottles - also allowed her to witness at first hand the research they had been conducting into the levels of plastic pollution in the notorious North Pacific Garbage Patch.

Roz rowed in past Diamond Head on the Hawaiian island of Oahu after 99 days at sea, the first woman ever to row from California to Hawaii.

San Francisco to Hawaii 2008:

Miles rowed: 2,324

Oarstrokes: about 1,000,000

Time alone at sea: 99 days, 8 hours, 55 minutes

Watermakers broken: 2

Larabars consumed: 336

Average hours of rowing per day: 11

Pounds lost: 25

Audiobooks read: 62





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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