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Alastair and Roz


Alastair Creamer in conversation with
Roz Savage

Roz has rowed across three oceans, single-handed.  In 2018 I asked her to make a short film about being bold, since when we’ve become firm friends.  We’re also colleagues, coaching alongside each other.  Roz’s inner resourcefulness is immense and her response to the crisis is an inspiration to me.


Note 1: March-May

“I know there is a gift in this”

Two forces collide to create something new – work disappearing, and realising you know about something others need.  The result?  A book.

For many of us, isolation is a new experience in our remote locations.  Not for Roz who has spent months alone on the ocean.  Once she decided what to do, her diary read like this:

Friday 20 March          Had an idea to write a book in three weeks about isolation

Monday 23                  Started writing

Friday 10 April             Finished writing, editing begins

Thursday 16                Published as an Amazon ebook: The Gifts of Solitude

She calls this a ‘greatest hits’ collection from her rowing days.  It’s music to my ears.  She talks about learning from the big, tough, experiences life throws at you.  I know this to be true.  For a life lesson, give me something that goes wrong any day.


Note 2: May-July

“Relaxing into uncertainty

Roz is letting go of trying to know the unknowable.

“I know that I will know.  But not now.” says Roz.  “I’m learning to trust in life and surrender control.  It’s going to be ok.”  She told me she had “stopped efforting” – worrying less about the immediate future.  That phrase made such an impression on me, I’ve adopted it as my mantra. 

She sends me a message from a CEO who remembers her speaking at an event several years ago: 

As a rower raising awareness of climate change, every stroke of her oar and each subsequent keynote was a “feather on the scale,” shifting downward, lightly, the side representing positive change.  “We have put weights on the wrong side for decades, so it will take a while for the balance to tip toward the moment when the weight tilts to the right side of history.”

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