Roz Savage – adventurer, rower and motivational speaker, becomes the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans.
After five months at sea, the British adventurer and environmental campaigner reached Mauritius, completing her solo row across the Indian Ocean, and becoming the first woman to row solo across the "big three" - the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian.
Roz set off from Australia in her 23-foot rowboat, which took her the whole way to Grand Baie in Mauritius.
In total, she rowed about 15,000 miles and spent more than 500 days at sea. She completed the Atlantic row in 2005, and then went on to row the Pacific in three stages, finishing in June 2010.
"The rowing is almost a means to an end,” said Roz. “It's certainly not something I love for its own sake. I find it very challenging. So it really is about the blogging and the tweeting, and trying to create an appreciation of the oceans to an extent."
During her most recent trip, Roz blogged that she's retiring from ocean rowing to focus more on environmental advocacy.
"I want to get more 'hands-on' with my campaigning," she wrote. "I plan to spend 2012 tying off the loose ends of my ocean rowing career in a Maisie-Dobbs-like final accounting: finish editing the book, make the film, assemble the multimedia presentation--and then move on to more direct methods of creating positive change in the world. Alongside more focused campaigning, I fully intend to do more expeditions to provide material for blogs, books, and more, but they won't take me way out into the middle of gargantuan bodies of water anymore."
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