The Voyage: Roz Savage
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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Day 80: Waiting for News
Rita Savage
18 Feb 2006

La Gomera, the day the race started.

18 Feb

All day I have waited for the telephone to ring but Roz has not phoned. I have checked her progress on the Atlantic Rowing Race website times without number. Sedna Solo is moving, though the mileage on Friday and today have not been as good as the previous few days. One good thing is that although the wind is ENE and would be moving the boat south west, Sedna has moved a bit more to the north, towards latitude 17 where she needs to be to reach Antigua. This can only mean that Roz is working hard at clawing back the degrees south where the wind and waves had taken her. A good sign in more ways than one.
I do hope and pray that whatever the problem is with the communications that it can be overcome. Other boats have had similar problems and been out of touch for days. Anyone who has been following the saga of Ben Fogle and James Cracknell will know this was only one of the various problems with which they had battled.
The picture that I hope to add tonight was taken on the day that the race began, and clearly shows the Royal Navy sticker on Roz' boat. Members of the Navy have been very supportive and helpful, and Roz is proud to have them on her list of sponsors. On the home page you may have seen that the venue for the welcome back party to be held in London will be on navy premises. They are doing her proud!

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Day 78: The Big Wuss Principle
16 Feb 2006

In the groove - some disciplined rowing.
16 Feb, 06 - 20:36

I have received that rarest of things - a piece of unsolicited advice that is helpful. The text said,

'When I was trying to stop smoking, a mate said just stop putting fags in your mouth, you big wuss.

So just stop letting your routine break down - let your non-emotional mind stay in charge, you big wuss.'

For some reason this message hit home where more sophisticated arguments had failed. I'd been failing to make that essential link between present actions and desired future outcome. I want to get to Antigua, and soon. How am I going to get there? Teleport? No, get rowing!

I was quite embarrassed that my outlook could be so revolutionised by such a painfully simple piece of advice, but when I thought about it I found some consolation in the fact that it seems to be a common human failing at all levels.

I want to lose weight.
So stop eating so much, you big wuss!

I want a more exciting life.
So do something exciting, you big wuss!

I want my children to know a planet with rainforests/glaciers/diversity of species.
So start living a greener lifestyle/using energy from renewable sources/recycling your rubbish, you big wuss!

I want global peace.
So stop starting wars, you big W!
(or is that just hypocrisy?)

I now call this my Big Wuss principle.

Thank you to George from Atlantic4. That's the second good piece of advice you've given me, the first being on Day 1 of the race: 'your watermaker probably has air in it and needs priming'. Dammit, man, I may have to review my prejudice about unsolicited advice from men.

Note to non- British readers: 'wuss' is a mild term of abuse, implying weakness of some sort. A bit like 'wimp', but less harsh.

Other stuff:

In Eddy's clutches again...

Great progress this morning due in part, I suspect, to an eddy. I saw clumps of green weed floating in the water, which Tiny tells me are a tell-tale sign. Just hoping Mr Eddy doesn't now decide to do something naughty, like whisk me south after I've worked so hard to get back up close to 17°N... oh, just checked my position, and he already has. Swine.

Texts: thanks for messages from AJ, HSS, Derrick and Elizabeth Pitard, James O, DB, Firinne, Margaret and Bob, Kurt, K&T in Canada, Jeff, John T (I do have something in mind even more challenging... Just still trying to decide if it's a challenge too far), Steve from the Vivaldi Atlantic 4 (respect!), Helen from Univ, Pascale and Terrence (anything I want in Antigua? What sort of thing did you have in mind? A good dinner and a comfy bed will do for starters!), Martin Chambers, H Briers.

Rita Savage's PS: More sponsored miles looming: 2202 Phil Goodier; 2222 Yannis Niotis. Brief paragraph about Roz and HMS Southampton in today's Guardian, Telegraph and Times.
A party to welcome Roz back from her voyage is being planned for March 23rd in London. See her Home Page for details.

For GPS position, race position and miles from La Gomera, see

Wind: E, 12kts (estimate)
Weather: sunshine and cloud
Sea state: moderate
Hours rowing: 12

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