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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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I travel alone. Yesterday I returned from my first trip which I have aborted. Two weeks into a two month tour of the Pacific Coast Highway, New South Wales, Australia I had to abandon ship. I was cycling not rowing. Like me Roz Savage had the option of going back and starting again (on the train in my case) and like me you have to know when you are beat.
I had my reasons for the trip and I could not see a space ahead which would fulfil those reasons. Weather, terrain and not 'wild' enough beat me. I too saw computer weather predictions. No space.
I have always been concerned by how humans run their lives. I wonder if there would be too many problems with this planet if we treated each other with love and respect? Too many 'couples' are just convenient alliances against desperation. Self managing a life with love unfound is a journey which has to connect with its immediate environment. In other words; you find yourself caring.
In my case the short trip around the world may turn out to be my most significant. I finally got it. The need to support society and its way of living. Human beings are sensitive creatures. There lies the way forward.
It is thoughtfully and perceptively written but it certainly isn't as introspective as I'd imagined. Roz is a record - breaking rower who had already rowed across the Atlantic when she undertook to row across the Pacific solo in her rowboat Brocade. She managed this by not tackling it in one go, but island - hopping to rest and replenish her supplies.
Roz opens the book with an introduction of what brought her to the decision to put her former life to one side, to leave her husband, comfortable home, and high flying career behind. Roz's childhood was austere rather than privileged which makes this more impressive.
The story of Roz's self-powered voyage is engrossing, involving false starts, failing equipment, mid-ocean meet-ups and fantastic support from a whole host of people but particularly her lovely Mum, Rita, whose skills with technology kept Roz in touch with supporters via an online blog throughout. Environmental concerns were continually to the fore; Roz kept every scrap of rubbish onboard. Encounters with wildlife do feature but were relatively rare, a sign of how much has been lost from the seas.
There was one incident where Roz put herself in great danger and the story of how this unfolded leads one to realise how overwhelmingly close to great danger Roz was throughout, only one dodgy decision from death. Roz's choice to push herself so far physically is all the more remarkable when you consider her statement that she 'hates exercise'; ultimately she needed to feel that her life had meaning and that she had made a difference. She offers readers who choose to engage with this much food for thought.
Her story is uplifting, motivating, an eye-opener for all of us out there scared to make the step and get what we actually want from life.
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