Vote for Roz!!

I have mentioned Roz Savage in this place before I even made her last book Rowing The Atlantic my weekend read.

Quick update – Roz turned her back on a “conventional” life as a management consultant and is now described as an ocean rower, author, motivational speaker and environmental speaker. She is currently closeted somewhere in South West England writing her book about rowing the Pacific Ocean. You can read more about on her website and I am sure you will be impressed by both her achievements and her plans which include rowing solo across the Indian Ocean in 2011 and finally the Atlantic (West to East this time) in 2012.

The purpose of this posting is to encourage you to vote for Roz to make her National Geographic’s “Adventurer of the Year”. I’ll let her tell you about it herself:

BTW, car going great guns. Was so impressed that I hadn’t used it for 2 weeks, not having ventured far from home while busy writing book, and it still started first time. GREAT car!

Anyway, onto the main story…..

I’ve got some really exciting news to share! It has just been officially announced that I have been selected as an “Adventurer of the Year” by National Geographic. Obviously, I’m completely over the moon about this – it’s a great honour!

I’d like to thank you for your support, which has undoubtedly contributed to my receiving this wonderful accolade. My boat and I may be the most visible part of the picture, but I couldn’t do what I do without the ocean of support from you and others like you, and so this title belongs as much to you as to me.

I see this as a vindication of the course that I plotted 6 years ago, when I chose to abandon my creature comforts to row across oceans, using my adventures to spread the message that we have to look after this Earth if we want it to look after us. When I look back over the years since I first set out across the Atlantic in 2005 as a nervous novice ocean rower, I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the people and places and incredible life experiences that have enriched my life while I have worked incessantly to make my vision a reality.

I have a favour to ask you – would you please vote for me? Out of the ten of us who have been chosen as “Adventurers of the Year”, one will be voted the “People’s Choice Adventurer”. Between now and January 15, people will be voting at http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/vote/ for their favourite adventurer.

It would really be the icing on the cake if I won this additional title as well. Besides the prestige, it would give a real boost to my efforts to raise profile and funds as I  prepare for the last two years of my ocean-rowing career: the Indian Ocean in 2011 and the North Atlantic in 2012.

The Indian Ocean – dubbed “EAT, PRAY, ROW” – starts around 31st March next year. I’ll need $50,000 to complete the row and am asking people to sponsor $10 per mile of the 5,000 mile trip. There’s more about this campaign at http://www.rozsavage.com/eat-pray-row/.

My final “Homecoming Row” is in 2012, launching from New York, heading out past the Statue of Liberty and heading for London, ideally arriving just before the 2012 Olympics. More info at http://www.rozsavage.com/homecoming-row/.

I want to leverage these expeditions to the max, reaching as many people as possible with my environmental message. The more resources I have at my disposal, in terms of (wo)manpower, budget, and media exposure, the more effective I will be in my mission.

I would be really grateful for your vote, AND for you to forward this message to your network of friends, family, colleagues, newsletters – whatever connections you have at your disposal. Please take a moment to think of as many people that you know who are interested in adventure, athletic endeavour, environmental issues, personal growth, rowing, or simply enjoy an inspiring success story – and ask them to vote for me.

Ask them to vote by going to http://adventure.nationalgeographic.com/adventure/adventurers-of-the-year/roz-savage-2010/ and click on the “Vote for Roz Savage” link at the bottom.

Many thanks!
And warmest green wishes
Roz


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