The Voyage: Roz Savage
Margo Pellegrino
25 Mar 2007, Washington DC

Last week in DC, I met up with Margo Pellegrino, who in just a couple of months will set off to row an outrigger canoe from Miami to Maine - to bring attention to one of the most critical problems the entire world faces - the future of our oceans.

In many ways, we have much in common - both women, both 5 ft 5in (ish), both 39 years old, both keen to raise awareness of environmental issues, and both paddling - one forwards, one backwards, one east coast from town to town, one west coast - straight out! And both keen to support each other.

Margo is an amazing woman - buzzing with energy, and passionate about her environmental cause. She has hooked up with an incredible array of environmental charities, trains like a maniac, looks as lean and fit as a greyhound - and all this while also being a good wife and mother to two young children. Yay - I have it easy!

She sets out on May 5th this year, just 2 days before her 40th birthday. Check out her website, and give her your support!

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25 Mar 2007, Now back in Washington DC

Last night I was in Michigan, giving a presentation on behalf of the Headwaters Trail, now I am back in Washington DC, and tomorrow I shall be in Virginia. I am loving this, but am also starting to feel a bit like "Today is Sunday, so I must be in ....". But that's my life - have truck, will travel!

[Photo: in Fenton, MI, with Chuck and Sue Julian]

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Little Silver Boat on a Big Silver Sea
Rita Savage
23 Mar 2007, Leeds, UK

This was the title used by Yorkshire TV for a half-hour documentary they presented about Roz and her row across the Atlantic. It was the second part of their series entitled "Is it worth it?" It was first shown on British TV, channel 3 on 12th of March. It seems likely that it will be shown again on Thursday March 29th in the Yorkshire
area at 11.30pm. Viewers in that area are advised to check the listings.
Many people have made comments to me about the documentary, and expressed their amazement at how she coped with the adventure. Although Roz says that it was the hardest thing that she had ever done, the message comes over clearly that it was indeed worth it
In preparation for the film, Roz and I were filmed in Roundhay Park in Leeds and the picture shows the lakeside cafeteria in the background and a little bit of frozen snow on the path. A week or two later the cafeteria was badly damaged by fire. Nothing has been said about the boathouse, which is located beneath the cafeteria. I trust that it has survived. It was in a boat belonging to the Rowing Club based there that Roz was seen rowing in part of the film.

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Radio Interview
22 Mar 2007, Washington DC

Yesterday I recorded an interview with Roberta Jasina of WWJ Radio in Michigan, as a taster for my presentation in Fenton on Saturday night. You can listen to it here.

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