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Interview: Eco-Adventurer Roz Savage Lives To Row Another Day

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Roz Savage past the iceberg in Tapper's Cove | Photo from Roz Savage site

Roz surveying iceberg in North Atlantic/Photo:Diane Spurrell, 5/12

By Stacey Gualandi/June 4, 2012

It should come as no surprise to you that The Women’s Eye is a tremendous supporter of Roz Savage’s ocean adventures and environmental-awareness endeavors.  We have profiled her on the site and have had the honor of interviewing her on our radio show.

Roz Savage, world record ocean rower in the studio with TWE Radio Host, Stacey Gualandi

Roz on 1480KPHX radio with Stacey/2-12

So it was with great enthusiasm that we planned to catch up with Roz on Skype once this world-record holding rower announced her desire, determination and decision several weeks ago to row yet again.  This time she would be going across the North Atlantic, accompanied by a first-time crewmate, and hoping to reach London in time for the 2012 Summer Olympics in August. 

Roz Savage Rowing from San Fran to Honolulu--credit Phil Uhl

Roz rowing from San Francisco to Honolulu/Photo: Phil Uhl

But sadly, and I’m sure with a heavy heart, Roz announced on the eve of her planned departure in mid-May, that what would have been her fourth voyage across another ocean had to be postponed.

As she noted in great detail on her blog, the threat of freezing water temperatures, and coming face-to-face with icebergs that had shifted south into Canadian waters, forced her to make a very difficult choice.

After several attempts, I was lucky to speak with Roz in England via Skype this week and to send her my condolences for what had to be a tremendously devastating decision after weeks of preparation and support from friends, fans and sponsors in every corner.

But for anyone who knows Roz, when one obstacle gets in her way, another opportunity reveals itself.   As I soon found out, her diary was only empty for a few hours.  Wait until you hear all of the phenomenal plans she has in store for the next year.   Take that, iceberg!!!

Here’s my new Skype interview.  Thanks, Roz!



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