- 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)
Stop Drifting, Start Rowing: One Woman's Search For Happiness And Meaning Alone On The Pacific Paperback – 15 Oct 2013
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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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Epic adventure autobiography describing Roz Savage OBE's inspiring solo rowing journey across the Pacific ocean making her the first woman to achieve this feat! Read morePublished 12 days ago by BusyReader
I read the whole book in a couple of days. It's a fascinating and gripping story about something I would never even want to do, but it inspired me to do something I do want to do.Published 29 days ago by Jo Noble
I just loved reading this book. Roz Savage is so inspirational: what a brave and honest woman! I will definitely read her first book on her Atlantic crossing too.Published 1 month ago by CFK
Not being overly environmentally minded, (other than sorting my rubbish into different bins, turning my heating down a bit, and reusing carrier bags,) I was unaware of Roz Savage... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Lawes
This book was terrific! Honest, brave, adventurous and so insightful!!! Thank you!Published 6 months ago by Kerry Miller
If you're into reading about adventures on a massive scale, this is a fascinating book. One woman, Roz Savage, rowed across the Pacific Ocean and this book is her account of that... Read morePublished 6 months ago by sb
This is a complelling account from an amazing adventurer. Following an unsatisfying marriage and career, combined with a passion for environmental concerns, the author commits to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. Tait