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Frisco to Hawaii, one stroke at a time

British rower Roz Savage is a determined woman. Having been rolled in the Pacific and turned back by the sea in 2007, this year she has completed a 99-day solo row from San Francisco to Hawaii, covering 2,324 miles, according to a report in the Honolulu Advertiser. Her ultimate goal? Australia.

“I did this to raise awareness of ocean issues, marine conservation — particularly plastic pollution that’s getting into the oceans,” says Savage, 40, in the report.

Savage arrived at 11:45 a.m. Monday at the Waikiki Yacht Club. She was greeted by her mother, who flew from England to wish her well, and given a well-earned glass of champagne. Savage successfully rowed alone across the Atlantic in 2006 and hopes to do the same with the Pacific in her 23-foot custom vessel named Brocade, according to the report.

In August 2007, Savage was only 90 miles out from San Francisco when rough weather capsized her boat three times in the course of 24 hours, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Disappointed and bruised, Savage vowed to return next year.

Savage says she is looking forward to bathing in fresh water, ordering from a menu in a restaurant, and “sleeping in a bed wider than 18 inches and doesn’t move” for the first time in three-and-a-half months. The next leg of her journey will be a six-month row to either Tuvalu or American Samoa. To follow Roz’s progress, visit

— Elizabeth Ellis