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Roz SavageRoz Savage MBE FRGS, born the 23rd of December 1967 in Cheshire, England is a British ocean rower, environmental advocate, writer and speaker who worked as a management consultant in London for 11 years before rowing across huge bodies of water. Since taking on the Atlantic in 2005, she also completed rows across the Pacific and Indian oceans. She has rowed over 15,000 miles, expending about 5 million oarstrokes, and spent altogether somewhere over 500 days of her life alone at sea in a 23-foot rowboat. In 2010 she was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic. She is a United Nations Climate Hero, an Athlete Ambassador for www.350.org, and an Ambassador for the Blue Project. Roz already holds four world records for ocean rowing, including being the first woman to row three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian. She makes use of her ocean rowing journeys to inspire action being taken on the top environmental challenges facing the world today. Since embarking on her first ocean in 2005, she has braved 20-foot waves, been capsized 3 times within 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-studded evening skies.

Roz SavageRoz graduated in 1989 with an honours degree in Law and worked in management consultancy and IT project management in London before she realising that there should be more to life than just earning a steady income and owning a house like most everyone else. Her journeys on the ocean have forced her to develop courage, tenacity, perseverance, and the strength to transcend self-imposed limits. Roz took up rowing when she arrived at University College, Oxford, because she wanted to be able to eat what she felt like eating without getting fat. She took to rowing with all the zealousness of a fanatic and went on to gain two half-blues for representing Oxford against Cambridge, in 1988 and 1989. In the summer of 1988, she took part in the Greek Trireme Expedition, rowing a reconstruction of an ancient Greek battleship around the Aegean Sea with a crew of 170 oarsmen. At the age of 38 she found herself jobless, homeless, and all by herself in a small row boat in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. She hadn't had a hot meal in two months when her camping stove broke and her stereo went belly up. She's had no human contact since her satellite phone stopped working several weeks prior. All four of her oars are broken and she's patched them up with duct tape and make-do splints. With tendonitis in her shoulders and saltwater sores on her backside, she has battled twenty-foot waves, sleep deprivation, self-doubt and depression, but has never been happier. She had overcome personal limitations and naysayers and was finally living her dream.

Roz SavageThese days Roz is a successful and inspiring keynote speaker with a charismatic stage presence who has spoken to tens of thousands of people on six different continents. Some of her past speaking engagements include the Royal Geographical Society in the United Kingdom, the National Geographic Society in the United States, the TED Conference and the Vail Symposium, as well as corporate speaking engagements too numerous to mention. She is a United Nations Climate Hero, and an Athlete Ambassador for www.350.org. She is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an International Fellow of the Explorer’s Club of New York, and has been listed amongst the Top 20 Great British Adventurers by the Daily Telegraph. In 2010 she was named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic. The story of her adventures has been featured on CBS, ESPN, NPR, and the BBC, and in articles in the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, Outside Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail, the Express and the Evening Standard. She has written for numerous magazines and websites including Forbes and the Huffington Post as well as having contributed a chapter to the book “Oceans” to accompany the Disney film of the same name. Her inspirational book, “Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean”, was published by Simon & Schuster. The eponymous documentary has been screened around the world in association with the Banff Mountain Film Festival.

Roz SavageAnyone reading these words should sit back and take a minute to think about what this amazing girl has accomplished. Can you even imagine in your wildest moments ever standing on the shore in the Canary Islands and saying to yourself that it was time to get ready and start rowing to the island of Antigua in the Caribbean? All by yourself?

And then also do the same when looking out from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and looking westward to Hawaii and beyond to Asia?

And as if that was not enough to temper you into Superwoman - once again looking out over the Indian Ocean decide to start rowing from Western Australia to Mauritius...?

I'd say she is fairly amazing, isn't she?


Liz Savage Ocean Rower - 2010


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Roz Savage - Rowing the Atlantic
Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean by Liz Savage is about how she invested her life savings in an ocean rowboat and became the first solo woman ever to enter the Atlantic Rowing Race. From a corporate job in London read how her crazy idea evolved from a dream into a reality. Savage discovers something far more important than what the usual 9 to 5 grind offers.
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Yabanci is a book by a Dutch woman who moved from Holland to Turkey to start a new life in a Turkish village overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A great read for those who are considering a move abroad or have lived in a different culture. Available in English as an ebook or in Dutch in both print and popular ebook formats... take a look

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