British rower closes in on world record


Roz Savage completes Pacific Ocean crossing in 2008 (Phil Uhl)

British rower Roz Savage is four days away from becoming the first woman to row solo across the three largest oceans in the world: the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Oceans.

Savage is currently 104 nautical miles from completing her 4000-mile solo row across the Indian Ocean – the last of her three ocean crossings.

She rowed across the Atlantic Ocean in 2005, the Pacific Ocean in three stages between 2008 and 2010, and is scheduled to arrive in Grand Baie, Mauritius, on October 4 – bringing to an end a 154-day voyage through the shark-infested waters of the Indian Ocean.

Over the course of the three challenges, Savage will have rowed 15,000 miles, spent 500 days alone at sea, and taken over five million oar-strokes.

The 43-year-old was named a ‘United Nations Climate Hero’ in 2009, and has undertaken the three staggering challenges to raise awareness of environmental issues.

“On the ocean, it’s clear that I have to keep showing up day after day and sticking my oars in the water if I want to get to where I’m going,” she said. “It’s the same with any big challenge, including the environment. We all have to start living more sustainable lifestyle, and keep up those good habits day after day, if we are to correct our course for a cleaner, greener, brighter future.”

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