(TheOceans.net) I did it, said Roz Savage. At 1748 hrs GMT on Monday March 13, 2006, Roz Savage crossed the finish line of the Atlantic Rowing Race 2005 just south of Cape Shirley in Antigua. After 103 days and 2,550 nautical miles alone aboard her 23 foot carbon fibre boat Sedna Solo, the only single female and last rower on the Atlantic brought the race across the Atlantic to a grand finale.
Pound for pound Roz may be considered one of the most determined rowers on the Woodvale race. At 54, this 37 year old British rower has survived broken oars, a capsize, countless low pressure systems, and six weeks of cold food; proving that she can match even the most professional rowers who competed in the Race.
Single female rower with the most hits
It all started four months ago when 26 teams set off from La Gomera in the Canaries all with one goal in mind: Row across the Atlantic to Antigua. Out of all 26 teams that entered the race there were only two solo participants, Roz and Christopher Martin. Eventually only 20 teams made it (6 pairs crews were forced to abandoned the race).
And while Roz is the twentieth and last boat to finish the Race, she has earned the respect and admiration from fellow competitors and internet bloggers alike her website was by far the most visited site out of all the rowers.
Her dispatches were funny and beautifully written her pics, always sharp and in focus, told their own story. She brought us on board and made all who followed her feel as if they were rowing right beside Roz herself.
The home stretch
Just two days ago Roz was struggling against adverse winds on the approach into Antigua and nearly forced her to consider a tow into English Harbor. But she was determined to stick to her unsupported status. So Roz cut her sea-anchor loose and took to the oars.
Yesterday I got up at 4am to start rowing. With the finish line finally in sight I rowed nonstop for 10 hours to make sure I got to Antigua before sunset, said Roz in her first dispatch from the shores of Antigua. If only I'd realized earlier I was capable of such rowing feats I might have got here weeks ago!
On Wednesday, March 8 Roz officially crossed the Atlantic Ocean at 07.09hrs. Roz is scheduled to return to the UK on Monday, March 20. She is sure to receive a roaring welcome from friends and supporters and will the guest of honour at a homecoming party hosted by the Royal Navy on March 23 on the Thames Embankment.
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