The 2005 Time Magazine Hero of the Year recounts her historic solo journey across the North Atlantic in a twenty-four-foot row boat.
Maud Fontenoy has made nautical history numerous times. But before she became the first woman to sail around the world against prevailing currents in 2007, and the first to row across the Pacific—a feat that earned her recognition as a Time Magazine Hero of 2005—she embarked on her first record-setting adventure.
In 2003, Maud set out to cross the Atlantic Ocean, alone in a tiny boat, using a pair of oars as her only means of propulsion. What’s more, she chose to take the northerly route, where the climate is prone to storms, hurricanes, and strong headwinds. In the past century, only six men had completed such a crossing. Maud would be the first woman ever to do so.
In Across the Savage Sea, Maud recounts a journey both far more harrowing than even she had imagined and one full of unexpected wonders. Her extraordinary story continues to inspire.