RECORD-breaking rower Roz Savage has made history yet again by becoming the first woman to row across the ‘Big Three’ oceans of the world.
The 43-year-old, who used to live in Emsworth, completed her 4,000-mile solo row across the pirate-infested Indian Ocean.
Setting off from Australia five months ago in her 23ft boat, she has finally arrived in Grand Baie, Mauritius.
In total, she has rowed about 15,000 miles and spent more than 500 days at sea.
She completed the Atlantic row in 2005, and then went on to row the Pacific in three stages, finishing in June 2010.
In her online blog, Roz said: ‘Yes, I’ve been afraid – numerous times. Flinching at the sound of onrushing waves, wondering if they are going to capsize the boat. Afraid that the electrical system would fail completely, disabling the electrical watermaker and forcing me back onto the manual version.
‘And, occasionally, a faint fear that this ocean really would go on forever and I would never make landfall. But I survived, and what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.’
The globe-trotting environmental campaigner, who used keep her boat at Thorney Island, said it was time to hang up her oars for now.
She said: ‘I have lots of plans for the next chapter of my life, including another two books, a film about the Pacific row, and creating a foundation to support the next generation of changemakers.’