Compiled by Rita Savage, mother of Roz.
Day 100 of the Atlantic Rowing Race, and I had been writing the blogs since Roz’s satellite phone had failed on February 19th, leaving her with no contact. Watching her progress on the Woodvale rowing race website, I could see that she was getting near to the island of Antigua, and had flown out there to await her arrival.
Day 100 The Tide Is Coming In: 9 March 2006
The tide happens to be a flood of messages congratulating Roz on attaining the point where she is recorded as having crossed longitude 59.37, which was actually at 07.09 GMT on Wednesday 8th (her 99th day). Somebody has queried my use of 99 days, but I was taking that figure from the Atlantic Rowing Race website, which differed by one day from Roz’ running total. Grateful thanks for the lovely messages that have been arriving.
Another message had the words “the sound you hear is my clapping” – it wasn’t actually what I was hearing, it was rain on the roof. So when David said that Roz would soon be on DRY land he was a bit mistaken, it is more likely to be a bit muddy!
Here on Antigua we were so hoping that Roz would get her mileage down to less than 100 to go today, but once again the weather is being unkind and the wind is proving less than helpful. She did do 22 today, so has another 110 to go.
Once again I am not sure whether I will be able to add a picture this evening or not. Watch this space.
Another sponsored mile: thanks to Rob and Cindy Owen with 2809 – she has now done 2821.
Regular Updates Beginning: August 31st 2008.
Actually Day 99, I am on the island of Oahu, Hawaii, awaiting Roz’s arrival:
It is now just after 5pm Hawaiian time and Roz has just called with her latest position. From now on she will call every two hours. Likely to arrive tomorrow some time in the middle of the day.
21 15.140N 157 28.608W 5pm Hawaii time
21 14.389N 157 31.692W 7pm Hawaii time
21 14.719N 157 34 625W 9pm Hawaii time.
Roz describes the conditions as interesting – rough, windy and dark. However she can see light on Oahu, and things have improved since she started singing along to her CDs. She is taking a rest, but checking in again at 11pm.
21 14.580N 157 36.907W 11pm Hawaii time.
During Roz’s rest she has drifted well – she says she is a good drifter.
21 12.585N 157 47.227W 4.30am Hawaii time.
Roz has gone too far south for the photo opportunity at Diamond Head, but still on target for her objective and arrival.
0900 Hawaiian time September 1st 2008, Roz has crossed the line that she considers to be her finish line. 21 13.096N, 157 47.570W.
Roz is now awaiting a tow boat to take her nearer to Diamond Head for a photo opportunity for the press. Following that she will row to the Waikiki Yacht Club for the welcomes, the hugs, celebrations and interviews.
Roz is feeling great – happy, cheerful and not too tired.
Aiming for:Waikiki Yacht Club: 21 17 17N 157 50 31W
Other Stuff (from Roz): Conditions have been just stupidly rough today. When I stepped outside the cabin first thing this morning (doing my mouse-emerging-from-mousehole act first) and looked at the waves, I just about started laughing. It really was, “you’ve got to be kidding me!” Big, foam-streaked, curling waves. But what can you do? Got to get there somehow. So I girded my loins (aka donned waterproofs and big hat) and have spent the day in the splash zone.
James White – yup, I can’t believe I’ve been out here all that time either. Perth seems a lifetime ago! Hope to have a chance to return there one day for a victory lap (aka big beers!).
Ellen – good to hear from you! No worries about the lurking – good to know you’ve been checking in. Hope to see you for some celebrations in San Francisco after landfall. Kristian and Jay – see you there too. I am already daydreaming about the HUGE party we’re going to have!
Steve – TimTams are an Australian speciality. I haven’t tried them yet. Will let you know what they are like. I suspect they might be the Australian version of Oreos. I’m sure Tahiti would be great, but right now any dry land would be good. And yes, the clouds and rainbow photo was taken by me a couple of months ago.
Connor – yup, Mum has already suggested a seatbelt for the sitting position. Let’s wait and see if there is a “next time” first…. this one might just about be enough for any mortal.
Arita – if camels are the ships of the desert, then what would be the camel of the ocean? Humpback whales, I suppose!
Quote of the day: “Life’s problems wouldn’t be called “hurdles” if there wasn’t a way to get over them.” (don’t know the source of this one – anybody know?)
Sponsored Miles: Peter Bromley, Michael Daley, Chris Lynch, Aimee Devine and Monica Wilcox, thank you for sponsoring today’s miles.