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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (15 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781801185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781801185
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Heroic, epic, inspiring. (Sir Richard Branson)

An incredible achievement with a vital message. (Ben Fogle Adventurer, broadcaster and writer)

If you want to spread wings of true self-empowerment in your life, then the wisdom and revelations that came to Roz Savage as she rowed solo out on the open ocean are for you... Inspiring and invigorating, this authentic, pithy book will leave you eager to face the future with courage and bouncing enthusiasm! (Cygnus Review)

A rare glimpse into the incredible physical and emotional demands of an unprecedented 8,000 mile solo voyage across the Pacific. (Rowing & Regatta magazine)

About the Author

Roz Savage is a British ocean rower, author, motivational speaker and campaigner. She holds four world records for ocean rowing, has been named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic, and has inspired and entertained audiences all over the world with her amazing story. www.rozsavage.com


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By bomble TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Dec. 2013
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Roz Savage has been on my horizon for a while being as I am both a rower and someone with strong interest in environmental issues. After reading this book, however, I can place her in my life as a new heroine and source of inspiration.

As a piece of literature, 'Stop Drifting, Start Rowing' is an easy read of 200 pages of engaging and honest personal account. The beaming smiles that feature in all the photos of Roz are matched in a style of utmost optimism even in light of tough times on the ocean and the tragic inaction of much of the world to the environmental damage Roz highlights. The book contains several fine photos that give a sense of the conditions of life on an ocean rowing boat. But much more than a simple account of adventure this is an insight into the psychology of success, an opening of the heart of someone who comes across as being a really likable lady and a call to action for the rest of us to make our mark in a positive and constructive way on this fragile Earth.

I have also read the thoroughly fascinating and personal account that Ben Fogle and James Cracknell gave in The Crossing and it was so refreshing to read a more feminine and - dare I say - meaningful version of life as an ocean rower. While Cracknell revealed the ultimate in single-mindedness and competitivity and Fogle showed the spirit of the gentleman-amateur adventurer, neither really seemed to embrace the advantages of a stripped-back life in the way that Roz does.
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Stop Drifting, Start Rowing continues the story of adventurer, environmentalist and ocean rower Roz Savage's traverse of the world's oceans. Starting with the, at times, terrifying account of her abortive departure from California it never loses pace as she shares her triumphs and near disasters with the reader. Her story takes us from the Golden Gate bridge to Hawai'i then on to Tarawa and finally to the completion of her goal to become the first woman to row solo across the Pacific by making landfall on Papua New Guinea.

But this is far more than an account of a rower, rowing. Roz is not only crossing the oceans "because it is there" but also and more importantly to raise awareness of environmental issues. Her description of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch an area "around twice the sae of Texas consisting of 3.5million tonnes of rubbish" and of the amount of, and damage caused by, plastic pollution will make even the most cynical user of disposable products think twice. Plastic in the oceans not only floats on the surface approximately two thirds sinks to the bottom where it interferes with the natural gaseous exchange between the ocean bed and the water. 80% of this plastic pollution comes from the land. The plastic is degraded by sunlight thus making smaller and smaller pieces. These are eaten by small fish and other creatures at the bottom of the food chain so that the toxins released are concentrated as the chain goes higher. She tells the story of the maui maui fish that had been caught by one of the sailors of Junk, a boat made from 15,000 empty plastic bottles, that was so full of plastic that the toxins and hormone inhibitors will have made the fish dangerous to eat.
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If you like fantastic adventure stories then this is definitely for you. The idea of rowing across on ocean, especially the pacific, is mind blowing. Doing this single handed is right out there - about as extreme an endurance test than you can imagine. But this is not just about rowing. It is inspirational at many levels. Roz's journey was not just about pitting herself against the task of rowing, but to raise awareness of the damage we are doing to our planet. It is about the environmental impact that we have on our seas and ultimately, our life support system. This is a great read -highly recommended.
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By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Oct. 2014
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Whilst the book does take a while to get to the truly intrepid stuff, mainly because of Roz's false start the previous year, once she got out of San Francisco bay, the feeling of "being there" was palpable and certainly made for a compelling read.

Ages ago I read a book called Pacific Ordeal by Kenneth Ainslie (well worth seeking out in those second hand book shops) which effective transported me from my comfy chair to the storm-wracked Pacific and this book similarly had me almost smelling that salt water in my hair at times!

The added bonus here is that Roz Savage is promoting a laudable ecological agenda through her endeavours. In that respect, some may feel the book comes over as a little preachy at times. With me however, it just made me aware of how wasteful our consumer society really is and made me question my actions and lifestyle.

There are some excellent full-colour photographs to reward readers around the three-quarters mark.

Obviously not great literature, but the fairly light and breezy (pun intended) style suits the subject matter very well.

If you're a green-minded person with a taste for adventure, then I am happy to recommend this book very highly.
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