Roz Savage

Past Global Perspectives Guest Speaker

Adventurer 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 oar strokes, and spent cumulatively nearly a year of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat.

A latecomer to the life of adventure, she decided 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, faced death by dehydration when her water maker broke, and nearly drowned after becoming separated from her boat. She has encountered whales, dolphins, sharks, and turtles, and admired the timeless beauty of sunrises, sunsets, and star-filled night skies.

An eloquent campaigner against marine plastic pollution, Roz Savage is also a United Nations Climate Hero and an Athlete Ambassador for She has been listed among the Top 20 Great British Adventurers by the Daily Telegraph, and Roz’s past speaking engagements include the TED Conference and the Vail Symposium. Her book, Rowing The Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean, is published by Simon & Schuster.

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