Written in haste – just to let you know that all is still well on board the good ship Sedna, although conditions continue rough and squally. Sedna is performing admirably, tipping around but staying upright in even the most intimidating-looking of waves. All due precautions being taken – leash when on deck, strapped to bunk when in cabin. Blogging (while relatively unsecured) is probably the most dangerous part of my day!

Thanks to all who suggested various solutions to iPod problem. I had been holding the earbuds in place, some distance from my eardrums, using headband so kindly given to me by Sybille just before I left Fremantle (see photo). And regularly cursed bloody Steve Jobs and his aversion to buttons. But have now reset the iPod as suggested, and wheel control now working again. Hurrah!

And that’s all for now, folks. More when I’ve regained an even keel.

Quote: “An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”
(G K Chesterton)

Sponsored Miles: Stephanie Batzer, Jeffrey Green, Courtney Elwood, Larry Grandt, Linda Leinen, Tom Pollack, James Malone, Leslie Fish, Anne Dare. Thanks for sponsoring these recent miles, rowed in tough cirumstances.


  • Omgwtfbbq! How do you sleep like that? Stay alert, don’t get hurt. Remain leashed until the ride comes to a complete stop.
    Your courage is inspiring, stay safe.

    • Marks_the_spot, your comment about “until the ride comes to a complete stop” conjures up an ironic image in my ironic mind … Roz stepping onto Sedna through a formal gate over which hangs a sign: “YOU WILL DEFINITELY GET WET ON THIS RIDE”

      Row secured, Roz!

      • I can still hear the Spanish version of the recorded safety spiel from Disneyland. Did they play that when Roz boarded the Sedna?

  • You amaze me Roz. I honestly don’t know how you do it – give me a bike any day!

  • Hi Roz,

     I been lurking in the shadows, watching your progress and your fight with the weather.  Here is a short article that you might like.  It is about the increase wind speed and wave height world wide, and mentions that the height of the biggest waves off SW Australia is a meter higher now than in 1985. 


    Best of luck.  You have a lot of people reading your blog, and are in a lot of prayers.

  • Roz…here is some good news from the human race which you were asking for a couple of shows ago…..I passed!!! Came top of the class with a first class honours, can you believe it was 3 years ago I was worried about whether I could do it…..anyway now I have achieved my dream, up to you girl now to get rowing over that ocean quickly to get back to share a celebratory drink (or two, or three)

  • Roz – you have such reserves of inner (and outer) strength! Amazing.

    I have a memory of us having a drink together outside UBS at Liverpool St station, over 10 years ago. We were both at a crossroads in our lives. We’ve certainly taken very different paths now! 

    Keep safe.

    PS There’s always bed and board for you in CT.

  • Roz, 

    I reported you crescent sighting of 1911 WST July 4th, and checking out the updated reports from Crescent Moon Watch, I just happened to notice that you are there (see the little red dot off the west coast of Australia … therrrrre’s Sedna! (I know you cannot receive the pic, but just imagine your very own red dot 180 miles NW of Geraldton — I will suggest they paint your dot purple in the next report, but then you would appear like all the other islands which are bluish purple on the map.)

    Global Observation Distribution for 2011 May 03 New Moon:
    A total of 53 observations were submitted during the first half of May. The map below shows the global distribution of observers denoted by the red dots. Contributing countries and locations included Taiwan, the Indian Ocean (approximately 180 miles north west of Geraldton, Western Australia), Kenya, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, The Netherlands, the United Kingdom, The Bahamas and the United States. Observations came from longitudes as far east as New Taipei in Taiwan and from as far west as Berkeley, California in the United States. Garmouth, Morayshire in Scotland was the most northerly latitude at which an observation was made and aboard the Sedna Solo in the Indian Ocean off the west coast of Australia was the most southerly.


    Row crescently, Roz!

  • Isn’t SEDNA just the “Most Amazing Boat On Any Ocean” !!?? Always knowning how to handle whatever the Wild Waters toss at her…and hardly ever complains!  Or, at least Roz seldom passes those comlaints on to us…!  What a wonderful symbosis. The mutuality of true adventure: the adventurer, specialized gear and equipment, and a whole lot of physics and elements in the most natural of states.

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