31 Dec, 05 – 19:33
For GPS position, race position and miles from La Gomera, see http://www.atlanticrowingrace.co.uk
New Years Eve, and an traditional time to take stock and make resolutions for the future. This time on the ocean is a perfect opportunity for reflection, but I’m still busy reflecting so I’m not ready to go public with my resolutions just yet.
In the meantime, here are some easy-to-keep resolutions for the time between now and the end of the race:
Lots of fresh air and exercise
No drinking alcohol
No staying out late
No spending money on things I can do without
No dating unsuitable men
If only I had some choice in the matter… But I may as well give myself a big pat on the back anyway for being so virtuous. In fact, I went out tonight to look at the stars but was blinded by the light pollution from my brightly
My mother gave me an update today on how some of the other crews are getting on. Chris Martin has suffered a broken-down watermaker (still inoperable, as far as I know) and 2 broken oars. I can match him on the oars, but I’d take a busted camping stove over a kaput watermaker any day. Good luck, Chris, hope you manage to get it sorted.
And finally, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!! from Monty and me. Have fun celebrating, enjoy a drink for me, and I’ll see you in 2006!
Rita Savage’s PS: Roz did offer to give a prize to the person who guessed the number of miles she would achieve by New Year’s Eve (663 so far). Nobody had it right; Iona Pearey was the nearest at 611. the next nearest was 850. Roz will choose something suitable when she sets foot on dry land again. Meanwhile, congratulations to Iona. Others whose guesses were way out have the weather to blame! Best wishes for the dawning year from me too.
Wind: 12-15 kts, E
Weather: sunny and hot
Sea state: moderate
Hours rowing: 12
Song of the Day: Bridge Over Troubled Water(by Simon and Garfunkel) – for a time this afternoon when I was indeed weary, feeling small