Dictated by Roz at 22.16 Tarawa time and transcribed by her mother Rita Savage.
Position: -07.55791 150.80957
I have been trying to ignore it but the ocean around here has a serious hygiene problem. Please forgive me for speaking on an indelicate subject but I feel upset about this and feel the need to swear.
For the last couple of days there has been an intermittent procession of . . ahem . . . human excrement passing by my boat. Swimming is most definitely off the agenda. The worst experience was eating my dinner tonight while trying to ignore what was floating past, just inches from my elbow. I felt like I was eating my dinner in an open sewer.
Which is exactly how we seem to regard the ocean – as a sewer. I felt a need to apologise to my fishy entourage for what we have done to their habitat. Like the poor creatures in the Gulf of Mexico, they are unable to escape from the pollution. Water is their element and no matter how dirty and polluted it is they can’t get out of it. How selfish we have been to take all messy waste out of our homes and dump it into theirs.
I am not in a strong position to throw stones on this issue. I don’t have the space or facilities to hold “black water” on board my boat. So I have no choice but to use the “bucket and chuck it” method. But people on dry land do have a choice.
I am not an expert on this but I believe that there are now technologies available that can create “closed loops” so that waste of all kinds is reused close to its source. Anaerobic digesters and similar processes can turn organic waste into sources of energy. I can’t Google this from here, but you can, so do a bit of quick research (this counts as a green deed at http://Ecoheroes.me) and find out more, and let me know.
Other Stuff: I’ve been rowing my little heart out today, not just in a bid to get into a cleaner bit of ocean, but to make sure that I don’t end up doing that extra lap of the Solomon Sea, which is what could happen if I get caught in the wrong lane when the current splits. Imagine a current as a clock-wise traffic circle – in other words, a British traffic circle – not an American one. I enter the circle in the top right; three quarters of the way around I want to take the exit for Madang. If I miss this exit by being in the wrong lane, I may have to go round the circle again. I think one lap of the Solomon Sea is more than enough.
So today would have looked rather odd if you had seen Brocade from above. She was pointed at 220 degrees to achieve a course of 2__. . . .(sorry, lost in the ether somewhere).
Given the currents, this . . . . angle was the only way I could get west without going too far north.
It was slow progress.
(Sorry again, probably a couple more paragraphs were lost, with only the occasional word getting through. I think Roz was talking about Shaklee Energy chews, which she uses when she really needs a burst of energy. The Shaklee Corporation has been very generous to Roz, giving her sponsorship as well as a good supply of the chews and Shaklee Nutriferon to boost her immune system. It would probably be about 20 hours from now before Roz would pick up any message from me to say that I could not complete the transcribing of her blog.)
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