What an amazing accomplishment! Thousands of cheering onlookers gave a “rock star” welcome to Britain’s Roz Savage as she arrived in jungle-clad Papua New Guinea Friday, becoming the first woman to row across the Pacific Ocean. Some 5,000 people turned out at the South Pacific country’s Madang harbour, while villagers in 100 garlanded canoes rowed out to greet Savage as she travelled the final few hundred metres (yards) of her epic journey. “I was definitely feeling the love,” Savage told Australia’s ABC radio. “There were 5,000 people came out to greet me. There was a whole flotilla of canoes dressed up with their traditional garlands. “They just paddled alongside me as I rowed into Madang harbour. I felt like a rock star.” The 42-year-old began her odyssey from San Francisco in May 2008 and covered the 4,800 kilometres (3,000 miles) to Hawaii in 99 days.
Alex has written for Vanity Fair, Barrons, Bloomberg and Condé Nast Traveler.