The Voyage: Roz Savage
Day 83: Food for Thought
Rita Savage
21 Feb 2006

Food boxes just visible in forecabin and red hatch cover in foreground.

21st Feb.

One of the Woodvale support yachts is due to set off soon, and when near enough to Roz will attempt to speak to her by radio. The staff are very confident that all is well, and surprised that the satphone stayed in working order as long as it did!
In September I stayed with Roz in Emsworth to help her prepare for The Voyage. This involved practical jobs on the boat as well as sorting out medical kit, food packages and other administrative tasks.
Roz had planned to pack the food in plastic crates, each one containing enough food for 2 weeks. The crates would be stored in the forward storage compartment, and one by one would be moved to the cabin when needed. All of that was carried out before the boat left to be conveyed by container ship to La Gomera.
Once at La Gomera she was advised to put as much weight as possible below the deck to provide stability in case of capsize. Crates were discarded and I packed the food packages through the round red hatch openings on the deck. Snacks went into a hatch in the sleeping cabin. Looking back on events at sea, it is a good thing that the weight was below deck level. I had tried to pack the packages in such a way that each fortnight’s food was a distinctive layer. I will be asking her all sorts of questions when we meet again, about whether things worked out as expected. What follows is the contents list of one of the food boxes as originally prepared. The first part lists the freeze-dried foods. In addition to this list, she had the chickpeas and aduki beans for sprouting.
Sweetcorn 1 Peas 2 Omelette 2 Red pepper 1 Olives 1
Chicken 2 Prawns 3 Ham 1 Red kidney beans 2
Cod dinner 3 Chilli dinner 2 Beef dinner 1 Bacon 1
Cranberry 1 Blackberry 1 Cherries 1 Oats 14 sachets
Bag muesli 1 Powdered milk 1
Snacks: Flapjack 14 Biltong 10 Raisins/sultanas 1
Crystallised ginger 1bag Chocolate treats 1bag
Baby figs 1bag Banana chips 1bag

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Day 82 Another day of waiting . .
Rita Savage
20 Feb 2006

Monty at Southborough School

20th Feb.

Once again my grateful thanks to those who have sent encouraging messages today. Still no news of Roz. Probably we will need to wait until she arrives in Antigua.
It seems quite extraordinary that today I have received messages from three schools where the pupils are following Roz' voyage on the internet. We did know about Southborough Junior School in Hampshire, because they have sent Monty their mascot along with Roz on her boat. They have met Roz, supported her with a fund-raising cake sale, and have sent messages before. Then I received a message from the Island Academy in Antigua, and pupils there are hoping that Roz will arrive during school hours so that they can go to the harbour to welcome her in.
The third one was from Diane, Roz' cousin, who is a teacher at Eldwick Primary School in Yorkshire. She says that pupils and staff are following Roz' track and are all very proud of her. I wonder whether any pupils will be inspired to tackle something adventurous in their lives? I have already had messages from two female rowers who seem to be thinking of rowing across the Atlantic - solo, I wonder? Whatever will their mothers think! My advice: take plenty of duck tape and make sure your satphone keeps working.

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Day 81 Silent Sunday
Rita Savage
19 Feb 2006

19 Feb

Still no word from Roz, but the website shows that she did 39 miles yesterday and has reduced her distance still to go to 615 miles by 7.45pm (GMT) today, Sunday.
Last Wednesday when Roz did her dispatch she mentioned that her satphone can only hold 29 text messages. As we presume that the satphone is not working, there really is no point in trying to send her a text message. If or when it gets sorted out she or I will let you know! Grateful thanks to those who have sent me supportive messages through email via Roz’ home page.
It seems that communications are generally giving problems! The server for Roz’ home page of her website has not been functioning as it should. Therefore I am putting the details of her welcome home party here:
invites you to help celebrate her finishing The Atlantic Rowing Race
Thursday, March 23, 2006, 6.30-10pm, Drinks & Canapés
By kind permission of the Commanding Officer at The Royal Naval Reserve Unit
HMS PRESIDENT near Tower Bridge in London.
Featuring a Charity Auction in aid of The Princes Trust.
Tickets £50.00, payable to The Voyage, either via PayPal on
or by cheque sent c/o Rita Savage, 170 Tinshill Road, Leeds, LS16 7PN

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Day 79 No news.
Rita Savage
18 Feb 2006

Day 79

No news yet on this Saturday morning. As Sedna Solo is still moving, and moving northwards against the wind, I assume that the problem is with communications from the satphone. I will post an update as soon as there is some news.
Meanwhile here is another picture taken when she was visited by crew from HMS Southampton last Tuesday.
Thank you for your interest in Roz.

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