Roz Savage is a British ocean rower and environmental campaigner, who in 2010 became the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean. Coupled with her solo row across the Atlantic in 2005-6, she has now rowed over 11,000 miles, taken 3.5 million oarstrokes, and spent cumulatively nearly a year of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat.
A latecomer to the life of adventure, Roz worked as a management consultant for 11 years before deciding in 2005 to compete in the 3,000-mile Atlantic Rowing Race. In 2008 she became the first woman to row solo from California to Hawaii. In 2009 she continued from Hawaii to Kiribati, and in 2010 she completed the Pacific crossing by rowing to Madang in Papua New Guinea.
She has braved 20-foot waves, been capsized 3 times in 24 hours, and faced death by dehydration when both her watermakers broke. She has encountered whales, dolphins, sharks, and turtles, and admired the timeless beauty of sunrises, sunsets, and star-filled night skies. The ocean has forced her to develop courage, tenacity, perseverance, and the strength to transcend self-imposed limits.
An accomplished international speaker, Roz has spoken to tens of thousands of people across five continents. Past engagements include the Royal Geographical Society in London, the National Geographic Society in Washington, DC, and Seattle, the TED Conference and the Vail Symposium.
Roz Savage is a United Nations Climate Hero and an Athlete Ambassador for 350.org. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and has been listed amongst the Top Twenty Great British Adventurers by the Daily Telegraph and the Top Ten Ultimate Adventurers by National Geographic. Her book, “Rowing The Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean”, is published by Simon & Schuster. The eponymous documentary based on her Atlantic row was a finalist in the Banff Mountain Film Festival in 2009.
She was named Adventurer of the Year 2010 by National Geographic.