“Hearing that many people were struggling with feelings of fear, isolation, and loneliness, I have been inspired by the corona-crisis to write a book about The Gifts of Solitude. I realised I have something useful to offer, having spent up to five months completely alone at sea, without seeing another human being, or even dry land, when I was rowing solo across oceans.
The solitude, and the fear, were very real. I had to find coping strategies, and eventually came to appreciate solitude as a pathway to emotional maturity and self-reliance.”
– Roz Savage, ocean rower, activist and writer
Roz Savage MBE spent the first 11 years of her career working as a management consultant, braving nothing more intrepid than rush hour on the London Underground, before an environmental epiphany led to a radical personal transformation into a world class adventurer.
She now holds four Guinness World Records for ocean rowing, including first woman to row solo across three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian. She has rowed over 15,000 miles, taken around 5 million oar-strokes, and spent cumulatively over 500 days of her life at sea in a 23-foot rowboat, using her adventures to raise awareness of our environmental issues.
The author of Rowing the Atlantic, and Stop Drifting, Start Rowing, she is currently finishing up a doctorate in “Yin Leadership for Tumultuous Times”, and writes, lectures, and speaks on equality, sustainability, personal development, psychology, politics, and economics.