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Brit sets off again to row solo across Pacific

Roz Savage, thwarted by bad weather last summer, quietly pushes off from San Francisco over the weekend. First stop: Hawaii.

Over the long weekend, some of us were slouching down in plush movie theater seats (flanked by a 24-ounce Icee and a tub o' popcorn ) and enjoying the latest adventures of Indiana Jones. Others, however, were setting off on an actual adventure.

Roz Savage
Roz Savage, shown here in 2007, aims to reach Hawaii in the next few months, the first leg in her solo journey rowing across the Pacific Ocean. Roz Savage

British rower Roz Savage pushed away from San Francisco and set off under the Golden Gate Bridge just before midnight Saturday, in her second attempt to become the first woman to row solo across the Pacific. Last summer, Savage set off only to be foiled by bad weather some two weeks into the trip. She was rescued by the Coast Guard about 90 miles off the California coast.

Savage, who also aims to raise awareness about the effects of pollution in our oceans, is rowing across the ocean in three stages over three years. She expects to reach Hawaii in a few months. In all, she plans to travel more than 7,000 miles, ending up in Australia.

Among the safety gadgets she has aboard her 24-foot boat is a positioning beacon from Marine Track. Find out her latest position by going to her blog. Information includes latitude, longitude, and speed. Even better, if you want to develop some virtual sea legs, you can subscribe to Savage's podcast.

On Day 2 of her blog, Savage writes about meeting a couple of marine biologists out by the Farallon Islands. They offered her beer, bananas, and M&Ms. She declined the beer. "I traded them a business card for the food. Don't ask me why I have business cards onboard. You just never know who you're going to meet when you're mid-ocean, and I hate to miss the opportunity to make a new friend."