First Woman to Row Alone from California to Hawaii – Roz Savage

Posted: September 8, 2008 in boat, boating, boats, dinghy, ocean racing, singlehanding, small boats
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Roz Savage Rower

Roz Savage Rower

Roz Savage, the first woman ever to row from California to Hawaii solo. Roz Savage rowed across the Pacific, nearly running out of water on her historic journey. Then Roz Savage met up with the junk raft in the middle of the Pacific, when then exchanged a water-maker for food.

About Roz Savage

Roz Savage was born on December 23, 1967 in Cheshire UK and attended school in Durham. She took up rowing at University College, Oxford, and went on to gain two half-blues for representing Oxford against Cambridge, and to win blades with the Univ Women’s 1st VIII in 1988 and 1989.

In 2003 Roz Savage became a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and took part in an Anglo-American expedition that discovered Inca ruins in the Andean cloudforests near Machu Picchu. She then spent a further three months in Peru, travelling solo and researching her first book, Three Peaks in Peru.

She ran in the London and New York marathons, finishing in the top 2% for women in each, and has run a personal best of 3 hours 19 minutes.

Roz Savage was previously a management consultant (Accenture and CHP) and investment banker (UBS), before realizing at the age of 34 that there might be more to life than a steady income and a house in the suburbs. Roz estimates that the race cost about £70,000 and that she got approximately £10,000 in cash sponsorship but says, her attempt was mostly funded from her divorce settlement.

Roz Savage in San Francico

Roz Savage in San Francico

On September 1, 2008 at 5:55am local time, Roz Savage crossed the finish line of the first leg of her trans-Pacific row, becoming the first woman to row solo from California to Hawaii. She completed the crossing from San Francisco to Waikiki in a time of 99 days 8 hours and 55 minutes. The total distance covered was 2,598 nautical miles and took approximately one million oar strokes. On September 3, 2008 Roz’s rowboat and the JUNK’s raft were transported to the Waikiki Aquarium in Honolulu, where they gave a talk about the environment.

Check out the interview with Roz Savage with rowing photos, and a video of Roz Savage pulling into Hawaii: Roz Savage Interview

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  1. Welcome Roz!

    Spend some time resting up in paradise. Good luck for the remainder of your planned trips.

    Where do you get the energy?

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