Normally a bit of water wouldn’t bother me. After all, I’m about to row across a couple of thousand miles of the stuff. But today there is a lot of water and it’s falling from the sky in torrents and it’s very inconvenient.

Until yesterday my boat was under a shelter at the Marine Training Centre here in Tarawa, but as today is Saturday and we needed plentiful manpower to move the boat out, we had to move Brocade yesterday before the marine cadets went home for the weekend. So now she is out in the open.

If the weather was dry, this would be perfect. Most of the things that remain to be done required the boat to be out from under the shelter. For example, I can’t set up the bimini until the short antenna masts are up, and I couldn’t put them up under the limited headroom of the roof. But I’d rather work in the dry than in a monsoon. And other things, like applying sponsor stickers, can’t be done in the wet – nor can they be done once the boat is in the water, which is scheduled to happen this afternoon.

So far, though, Liz and I have had plenty to keep us busy indoors – sorting and packing, testing technology, doing a few final emails and interviews. But if this weather continues for the rest of today and into tomorrow, we’re going to be up against it to be ready in time to leave on Monday morning (bearing in mind that we are already into Saturday local time). This rain started at 5am this morning, and 7 hours later shows no signs of relenting.

Unfortunately this deluge is set to continue. I believe it is a side effect of El Nino. I had considerable experience of wet weather rowing on the Atlantic, and I don’t like it. Wet skin chafes more. It’s impossible to keep the cabin dry when I’m going in and out soaking wet. Electronics fog up and fail. It’s generally more challenging.

But what’s to be done? Am trying to be philosophical about it, but El Nino looks set to be El PITA.

Other Stuff:

I would like to extend an enormous thank you to the Marine Training Centre for taking such good care of Brocade over the last 7 months. It was a huge relief to find the boat and equipment in such good shape. The MTC is an oasis of good order in the bustle of Tarawa, and the cadets could not have been more helpful. My eternal gratitude to the Captain Superintendent, Boro Lucic, and his staff and students.

Thanks also to John and Linda Anderson of Kiribati Video for making arrangements for Monday morning. They will be filming my departure from Emile’s boat – the same boat that came out to greet me in last year. AP London have already asked for the footage, so hopefully it will go online fairly soon after the event – internet connections permitting.

Last night Liz and I had dinner with Tessie Lambourne, Secretary for Foreign Affairs, who I had last seen in Copenhagen. We compared notes on developments since Copenhagen, and hopes for Mexico. Time is running out for Kiribati if predictions of sea level rise are correct. Here it is not a “one-day-maybe” issue. It is here and now. I hope you will join our Eco Heroes campaign at http://ecoheroes.me and do your bit to help.

I am posting this using the latest version of EpicTracker. Normally it will have GPS coordinate attached, but at the moment the GPS cables are at the MTC and I am at Betio Apartments. Full functionality will start as soon as I get all my technology in one place!

15 Comments

  • I am still in Dunedin, NZ and cheering you on for the next stage. You have been amazing during the past few ‘land roving’ months. My own ‘adventure research’ journey will begin in June…starting in HK, China, Taiwan, and Japan. Maybe catch-up with you in due time.

    Currin

  • Dearest Roz,
    I am so concerned and nervious, yet excited for this part of your journey! Hugs to you and I will pray lots of prayers for your safety and worthwhile trip. Thinking of you often.

  • ALOHA ROZ… Great to hear… sending lots of hugs,
    rowing energy, happy days of dry, mellow weather!
    MAHALO for taking time for lunch in Portland…
    ALOHA… PEACE… HUGS…

  • Have a safe journey Roz, we’ll keep our campfire going for you. We’ll also be watching the big marine traffic for you.
    Kenny and Marilyn

  • May Sedna carry you safely to Cairns and may you row in peace (weatherwise).

    Be safe, Roz.

    John & Patricia

  • Roz – I’m wishing you the best. We’re stuck in LA waiting for clearance to fly to Europe, then onto to South Africa for our 30th wedding anniversary – darn volcano! If you need anything (fedex) just do it. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Bonnie

  • Blessings Rosita.
    May the winds be fair forma you, Andy your arms strong!
    We will pray for you and be with you at every moment, from this northwestern correr of South América, beautiful Medellín, Colombia
    Cheers,
    ALEJO

  • Roz, I’m adding my good vibes to all the others’ and wishing you a fantastic experience and lots of interesting creature companions. I’ll be pulling a spiritual oar with you along with all other Rozling community. May your ripples spread far and wide.

  • Roz, I am so excited for you! Your inspiration is never ending. We are all pulling for you. Best of Luck out there..looking forward to toasting your arrival!!

  • I’m going to figure this out. You seem to be able the bend time so you are in yesterday and the next tomorrow all at once. I mean you have an empty boat in the water and, just like that, you are rowing off again. It’s sorcery or Terry Pratchett or both. I did look for a box of jelly fish like you asked, but couldn’t turn any up.

    Keep Care
    Texino

  • Have a great voyage, Roz! I hope you learn a lot, with a minimum of pain and difficulty, and succeed in inspiring thousands to make better choices. Sending my best luck with you.

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