September 20, 2010: In 2005 she left her comfortable life behind to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. This year she became the first woman to row solo across the Pacific, promoting environmental awareness throughout the journey: Part 1 of our interview with ocean rower, author & speaker, Roz Savage. In the Gulf: The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill harassing independent scientists? Millions of dead fish in Louisiana. Is the oil to blame? We catch up with Louisiana fishing guide, Ryan Lambert for the latest on the impact of the spill on the marshes and the lives of those who live among them.
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This Week’s Guest: Roz Savage
Roz Savage is a British ocean rower, author, motivational speaker and environmental campaigner. She has rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean and in 2010, became the first woman to row solo across the Pacific.
A latecomer to the life of adventure, Roz Savage was previously a management consultant and project manager at an investment bank, before realizing in her mid-thirties that there might be more to life than a steady income and a house in the suburbs. In 2005, she competed in the 3,000-mile Atlantic Rowing Race, the first solo woman ever to compete in that race and the sixth woman to row solo across an ocean. In 2008 she became the first woman to row solo from California to Hawaii. In 2009 she continued her Pacific bid by rowing from Hawaii to Kiribati. The third and final stage of her Pacific row took place in 2010, when she rowed from Kiribati to Australia.
Roz Savage is a United Nations Climate Hero, a trained presenter for the Climate Project, and an Athlete Ambassador for 350.org. She is supported by the Dot Eco campaign and the Blue Planet Foundation. Her Pacific row is a project of the Blue Frontier Campaign and she is an Ambassador for the BLUE Project.
She has been listed amongst the Top 20 Great British Adventurers by the Daily Telegraph, the Top 10 Adventure Twitters by Outside Magazine.
Roz’s inspirational book about her Atlantic row, ?Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean?, is published in the US by Simon & Schuster.
Also on the Show
We check in with Louisiana fishing guide, Ryan Lambert, owner of Cajun Fishing Adventures, for an update on the massive fish kill, the continuing problem of oil along the Louisiana marshlands, and the question of seafood safety.
Tip of the Week
Row the Atlantic with Roz. Her inspirational book, ?Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean?, is published in the US by Simon & Schuster.