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Rowing the Extremes

Roz Savage
Monday, 16 Aug 2010
Duke of Windsor Building
Roz is the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean.

1F, Duke of Windsor Building,
15 Hennessy Road, Hong Kong

(please note that this building is in a convenient location, about 5 minutes from Admiralty MTR or Pacific Place, next to the HK Police HQ)

6.30pm Drinks Reception, Book Signing; 7.30 pm Lecture

The Royal Geographical Society is delighted to welcome Roz Savage to lecture on “Rowing the Extremes". In 2010, Roz became the first woman to row solo across the Pacific Ocean. This followed on from a 20052006 solo Atlantic crossing from the Canaries to Antigua. Her solo Pacific crossing was achieved in 20082010 from California to Papua New Guinea, via Hawaii and Kiribati. Roz’s combined rowing feats have covered 11,000 miles, 3.5 million oar strokes and 352 days alone at sea in a 23foot rowing boat.

In this lecture, Roz gives an inspirational multimedia presentation on her extraordinary rowing adventures, which led to her receiving a National Geographic “Top Ten Ultimate Adventurer Award" and discusses her efforts to help protect the ecology of the planet. Sir Richard Branson described her Pacific crossing as “heroic, epic, inspiring and historic".

During her epic journeys, Roz braved 20foot waves, was capsized 3 times in 24 hours and faced dehydration when her watermaker broke. In addition she suffered from sleep deprivation, saltwater sores and nearly drowned after becoming separated from her boat. However, she encountered whales, dolphins, sharks and turtles, and admired the fabulous beauty of ocean sunrises, sunsets and starfilled night skies.

In her Atlantic row of 2005, she rowed 2,935 miles with 103 days at sea, losing 30 pounds, while having to contend with 24 days with no communication system. Her San Francisco to Hawaii crossing in 2008 was 2,324 miles with 99 days at sea. This journey was greatly improved by the provision of audiobooks, of which she “read" 62. In 2009, she continued from Hawaii to Kiribati, a distance of 3,158 miles in 104 days. This section of the voyage was particularly special for marine animals, including numerous sharks, whales, and dozens of dolphins, turtles and squid. The last section, from Kiribati to Papua New Guinea in 2010, was a journey of 2,248 miles in 46 days, averaging 49 miles daily, despite several near misses with container ships.

Roz Savage is a British ocean rower and environmental campaigner. She worked as a management consultant for 11 years before, after a 10year break from rowing, she took up her oars, achieving huge success. Roz Savage is a United Nations Climate Hero and an Athlete Ambassador for 350.org. She has been listed amongst the Top Twenty Great British Adventurers by the Daily Telegraph and the Top Ten Ultimate Adventurers by National Geographic. Her book, Rowing The Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean, was published in 2009. She is a popular adventure and inspirational speaker.

Members and their guests are most welcome to attend this lecture, which is HK$100 for Members and HK$150 for Members' guests and others.

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