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Savage’s original intent was to row from San Francisco to Hawai’i the first summer, from Hawai’i to a point in the South Pacific (initially Tuvalu but eventually Kiribati) the second, then on to Australia (in the end Papua New Guinea) the third summer. As she vividly describes in the book, the 2007 attempt was aborted after only a couple of weeks due to equipment problems and bad weather. This first summer’s false start includes some of the most challenging rowing on the voyage and has some of the best human – interest elements.
The reasons for altering the destinations for legs two and three are symbolic of the challenges of nature so clearly depicted in the book. They not only clearly delineate the limits the ocean puts on those who would accept a rowing challenge such as the one Roz did, but also showcase her dedication to achieving her goals and her courage in facing those challenges alone.
While it was during the Atlantic Row that the idea of using ocean rowing as a platform for showcasing her newfound environmental awareness, it was on the Pacific that specific elements of her future direction became apparent for Savage.
In the book, as in her almost daily blog posts from the Brocade, one sees her mission gain focus: from climate change to, climate impacts on the ocean, to the impact of plastics pollution on aquatic life. Today, though none of the early concerns have fallen off her radar, Roz spends most of her time working to reduce plastics pollution.
In keeping with the knowledge that recording every detail of some 300 days of rowing would not fit in a book of reasonable length, Stop Drifting, Start Rowing describes in some detail two or three events from each of the “legs” of the journey. “Rozlings” as the hard – core followers of her expedition blogs began calling themselves, may find the choice of story elements frustrating if their favorites got left on the editior’s desk. The uninitiated reader will simply find a compendium of well told stories summarizing pivotal events occurring in the course of a couple of million oar strokes. They will also share in Roz’s mental journey toward a clearer understanding of how to add meaning to her life through environmental advocacy.
Within those millions of oar strokes also lies the essential message of the book. How do you row across an 8000 mile wide ocean? You do it one oar stroke at a time. Similarly, you solve a seemingly insurmountable environmental problem one small positive act for the environment at a time.
If you want to learn how to begin simplifying your life so your impact on the earth is lessened you will want to read Stop Drifting, Start Rowing; if you want to read about facing challenges and having an adventure, you'll read it too.
As much as I enjoyed her Atlantic crossing 1st book, this was even better. I'ts almost like along with becoming a more
accomplished rower, she also became a more accomplished writer. The new book flows beautifully from chapter to chapter, and
there is a life lesson to be learned in each one. I feel like I almost know Roz. Her dreams for a cleaner more environmentally friendly world, echo my own. However, she is doing something about it, while I am reading about her endeavors to make at least a small change, if only an awareness, in the environmental mess, which our fellow human beings have created.