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Roz Savage has now begun her rowing challenge across the Pacific Ocean; many believe that Roz is mad, as she had many psychological traps when she was on her last rowing challenge across the Atlantic. Roz had said that she really struggled out there, and much of the trouble that she faced was in fact her own doing.

Savage has said that this time around will be much easier as she can call upon her previous experience. The first day of Roz Savage’s journey was a foggy one, although she could still see the land in the distance. Today though is a much clearer day for her, although there is a bit of a swell which she has to cross making her day harder that she wanted.

24th August Update:

After nearly a full day of coaxing, U.S. Coast Guard rescuers out of Humboldt Bay persuaded ocean rower Roz Savage to abandon her boat in rough waters - for now.

After being airlifted from her boat about 90 miles off the coast of Humboldt Bay on Thursday night, Savage, 39, reportedly said she plans to resume her attempt to row solo across the Pacific Ocean as soon as her boat can be recovered and repaired.

"It was such a tough decision to make," Savage said Friday, sounding upbeat while driving to a supporter's home near Eureka. "I just didn't want to be rescued."

Savage, a native of England who did much of her training for the voyage in Woodside, launched her attempt to become the first woman to cross the 7,600-mile Pacific Ocean alone Aug. 12. She had rowed alone across the Atlantic Ocean in spring 2006.

Savage agreed to interrupt her journey only because of the high waves, strong wind and pounding rain, her spokeswoman Nicole Bilodeau said.

This week, her boat capsized twice and her anchor and global positioning system broke.

"It was pretty miserable," Savage said. "It wasn't too bad during the day, but at night it was just not nice lying in your bunk, wondering when your world is going to turn upside down again."

She compared the constant battering to the feeling of being "in a hundred little car crashes."

"It's the same feeling of impact and being flung around," she said, adding with a laugh, "it's not very restful."

Air Station Sacramento sent a C-130 aircraft Thursday morning to check Savage's condition and asked a nearby merchant vessel for assistance, Neff said. Officers discerned she was "still above the water and not in dire conditions," he said.

But concerns over the inclement weather, with winds around 35 mph and swelling waves, prompted the Coast Guard to return with an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter about 7 p.m. Thursday. Officers then used a basket to carry Savage out of her boat.

"My instinct was just to hang on in there, to tough it out," Savage said. But she said the opportunity to fix the broken equipment ultimately changed her mind.

"What really swung it for me was that I'd lost my sea anchor, which is quite an important safety tool," she said.

Neff said it's unlikely the Coast Guard will charge Savage for the rescue, but a decision will be made later.

Savage and her support team plan to send out a commercial tow boat to recover the rowboat as soon as weather conditions improve, which is not likely to happen for at least three days.

"My hope is that I can just get out there on the water, do the repairs out there, get back on the rowing seat and get on with it as soon as possible," she said.

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