Dictated by Roz at 21.57 on May 15th and transcribed by Rita Savage.
Position: -05.65077S, 154.01086E
I spoke too soon when I said that I might make landfall within the next 2 or 3 weeks. I think it is going to take a lot longer than that. I am going to be messed around.
This morning I had a phone call with Lee Bruce my weatherman. As I suspected, it was not good news. I had already noticed that everything has changed since I passed Cape Henpan and not for the better. Lee is concerned that the currents in the Solomon Seas are not going to be my friends.
In his words “the most complicated rowing effort that I have been involved in.” Lee is a veteran of fourteen rowing expeditions. So although this makes me feel kind of special I would rather it wasn’t true.
I am going to pass on what Lee told me in the hope that someone with time and technical ability might be able to create a .jpeg to illustrate my plight and share this with the readers of this blog. This is where I miss having email, as it means that I can’t send the image myself.
1. Draw a line from zero degrees S 151 degrees 15’ E to 11 degrees S 156 degrees 15’ E.
2. East of that line the currents run to the SSE. West of that line it is light and variable, becoming SE to NW closer to the coast of Papua New Guinea.
3. Now draw a box bounded by lines from 05 degrees 45’ S to 07 degrees 00’ S; and from 151 degrees 30’E to 153 degrees 45’ E.
4. The current in the west half of this box is from W to E and in the E half of the box it runs from NW to SE.
I have just completed this exercise myself and this is not an encouraging sight. The good news is that I have a good chance of making it to Madang. The bad news is that the current might take me several hundred miles out of my way before I get there. Don’t be surprised to see me making a long looping detour to the south east, before I manage to get into the lighter or more north westerly current.
I can already see the truth of Lee’s prediction. My course for today looks like a staircase. Whenever I am rowing I am pushing west but whenever I take a break the current pushes me south south east.
Other Stuff: Another day that was rather more eventful than I would have liked. No fewer than four large ships passed within a mile of me, and one was within 100 yards. Only one of the vessels responded to my VHF radio call. I have a radio enhancer and my newly beefed-up nav lights, but suddenly I wish I had the resources to light up my boat like a Christmas tree.
Doug, I have been looking out for the crescent moon for the last couple of nights but it has been too overcast. I will report back as soon as I have seen it.
I have just finished listening to House Rules by Jodi Picoult. Very good. Great characters and a good mystery plot. Recommended.
And I have a confession to make, but this blog is long enough already, so I’ll save it until tomorrow.
Rita: if you are kind enough to create the .jpeg as Roz requests, please send it using the Contact form which you will find just below the search box at the top right hand corner of the website. Thank you.
This trip may be Roz’s fastest Row averaging 54 miles per day in 26 days. In order to accomplish this she sleeps in shifts on average totalling approximately 156 hours. Today we are asking people to donate 156 dollars, one dollar for every hour of rest Roz has gotten in the past 26 days. All who donate 156 will receive an autographed photo of her final Pacific voyage. Now with the anticipation of her rowing the Indian Ocean her days of rest are again numbered so lets support Roz. The energy of your support does find its way out to her at sea, let her know that she is not alone on her sleep deprived exertion and journey of environmental awareness and adventure.
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