The Voyage: Roz Savage
Dunked But Not Daunted: Open Letter to Geoff Holt
18 May 2007

Dear Geoff

I read your very eloquent blog about Monday's events - I am most impressed, and I think you put your side of the case extremely well.

I can't believe that the press would be so ignorant and cruel as to make negative comments about your brave attempt. In that vein, here is one of my favourite quotes, which I originally found a long time ago in Pete Goss's book Close to the Wind, although I have seen it many other places since:

It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who knows great enthusiasm, great devotion and the triumph of achievement and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while doing greatly - so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat...

Meantime, I hope this is giving you time to get over your cold.

All the best - and better luck next time! ;-)

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Track Me!
17 May 2007

Also on Monday I collected my Marine Track tracking device, that will enable visitors to my website to follow my sedate progress across the Pacific.

On the Atlantic I used a similar device - an Argos tracking beacon - but the Marine Track unit is smaller, lighter, and doesn't have to live outside on the deck. It is equally happy inside a cabin, out of my way.

I'm planning to test this out shortly, by fitting it to my boat before I set out with boat in tow to speaking engagements in Hood River and Bend, Oregon, and Colorado. With a bit of luck, the signal will be beamed back to England plotting my progress around the US.

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Rapid Progress
17 May 2007, Weed, California

Much has happened to me since I last wrote, and much has happened to my boat since I last saw her.

Last night I arrived back in San Francisco at 5pm. First stop, a meeting and dinner with the guys from Landfrog - who are keen to get involved with my Pacific row, despite being Landfrogs not Seafrogs.

Then this morning I met up with Perry Dillon from Davis Instruments to take delivery of a Vantage Pro weather station, which will gather weather data while I am on the Pacific, to be fed back to my website and also to the Royal Navy to help improve the accuracy of the weather forecasts that they are providing.

I met with Perry at the workshop where Sedna is now living. I hadn't seen her since I dropped her there a month ago. It is rather salubrious - mostly used for the maintenance of helicopters, the workshop is immaculate. You could eat your dinner off the floor.

It has two extremely good things in its favour:

1. It is being provided free of charge by Bob and Kelly, a very kind couple who as a result of my Woodside fundraiser are providing the use of their workshop as a form of sponsorship

2. That sponsorship includes the services of their helicopter engineer, Rich Crow, who in my absence has buffed Sedna to a shine not seen since pre-Atlantic days, repainted her decks, and is refurbishing her damaged rudder.

Time is now getting very short - just 7 or so weeks to go until launch (actual date to be determined by the weather) - but with Rich's help I am confident that Sedna will be ready... despite the fact that she is now on the road again. I am driving her north to presentations in Oregon, then in Colorado, before returning to San Francisco at the end of the month for the final countdown.

[photo: Perry Dillon of Davis Instruments delivers the Vantage Pro weather station]

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Sir Robin Knox-Johnston
16 May 2007, Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble, UK

On Monday, at Geoff Holt's launch, I got to meet one of my personal heroes - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who in 1969 completed the first non-stop circumnavigation of the globe.

Just a week ago, at the age of 68, he finished another circumnavigation, as a competitor in the Velux 5 Oceans race.

Sir Robin reacted the way that most sailors do when they hear what I've done, and am planning to do. "You're mad", he declared. I, on the other hand, cannot see why anybody would want to face 50 knot winds and freezing temperatures in the Southern Ocean, on the kind of boat that seems utterly vulnerable to dismasting or ripping a mainsail.

Evidently sanity is a relative concept....

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