Position: -04.38057S, 156.59082E
Dictated by Roz at 21.48 Local time. Transcribed by her mother, Rita Savage
Today I have had the ocean to myself, thank goodness, apart from an overnight visitor. I emerged from my sleeping cabin this morning to find a booby bird staring stupidly at me from the roof of the forward cabin. He had, needless to say, pooped liberally over the forward solar panels.
I had an inkling I might find a booby in residence. Last night I was in my cabin writing my blog when I heard something collide clumsily with the cabin roof with a sound somewhere between a slither and a skitter. It sounded, in fact, exactly like a booby bird making a crash landing. So to find a booby plus side-effects this morning was not a big surprise.
I sighed, and went about my business. Last year I fought the battle of the boobies and lost. I drove myself nearly crazy shooing them away, only for them to fly in a big circle and come straight back again. This year I am quietly resigning myself to whatever indignities they choose to inflict upon my vessel.
In keeping with my steady progress towards my state of zen calm, I now remind myself from the words of the prayer “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; The courage to change the things that I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.” (Rheinhold Niebuhr) And the lavatory habits of the booby birds definitely fall into the category of things requiring serenity.
Other Stuff: David Tangye asked if an arrival in Papua New Guinea constitutes a valid crossing of the Pacific. Absolutely. I shan’t comment on the consistency and quality of the rules which are mostly defined by Kenneth Crutchlow of the Ocean Rowing Society in London, but a precedence has been set by Erden Eruk who crossed from California to Papua New Guinea in 2007. If you go to http://oceanrowing.com and click on the statistics link you will see that most of the Pacific rows have been from Peru to Australia or from Japan to North America. So I think that by crossing the Equator as well, I have done more than enough.
However, my voyage probably will not count as an official record. I believe that to get into the Guiness Book of Records the crossing has to be wholly “unsupported” and by having a sun canopy on my boat I lose my unsupported status. Yes, really! I suppose the idea is that the canopy could be said to offer some additional wind resistance like a sail. Although, as my canopy is a thin triangle, tapering from about four feet down to about six inches, and is horizontally above my rowing position rather than at any angle that could possibly catch the wind, its wind resistance is absolutely minimal. Hey, don’t ask me, I don’t make up the rules. I just weighed up getting an official record versus getting skin cancer, and decided I needed a canopy.
A record breaking day again today, 65 nautical miles to the good. Never before have I had a crossing to magnificently blessed by favorable winds and current. At the moment they are helping me achieve a near-perfect course of 260 degrees, which, if I can keep to it, will get me through the narrow straits between Bougainville Island and New Ireland within the next few days.
Another Alf-less day. I think I need to accept that he is no more, God bless his little spidery soul.
Rita: Roz says a tremendous thank you for the support, prayers, and comments of her followers, it cheers her on her way.
Grateful thanks to latest contributors: Kathleen Miritello, James Ford, Petr Simecek and Sally Phillips. Do note what Nova says below about the end of the guessing contest!
Roz is rowing faster than ever! Your cheering, your contributions to GoRozGo, encouragement and support have been working, as Roz is set to arrive in shorter time than her previous voyages. As a result we will be ending the contest for guessing her date and time of arrival early, on May 12th . . . . so hurry for your last chance to win a Skype conversation with Roz. So far we have 67 entries spread over a six and a half week span of time and dates. It is till anyone’s guess just when she will arrive. She is heading for Madang in Papua New Guinea. Enter now and be part of the adventure!
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