Seablog: And for our next trick….

…Looping the loop! Or at least that is the plan and the hope that we can continue making progress West. Six more nauties West and we’ll have made up the miles lost to the East over the last few days. I’m rowing across SSW swell/wind so progress isn’t rapid but its progress nonetheless. Crossing the 90th parallel, which had seemed so close a few days away, now looks like a goal for next week. Still, then it’s just three more degrees until half way across. Frustratingly it is super overcast too and so my batteries aren’t fully juiced up, so I’ve had no music for a few days again and I am not enjoying the silence today. Or my singing! Perhaps if there are any bands/minstrels/buskers/singers/choirs etc etc passing through the area then they might like to pop round and put on a little open ocean concert?

Righty, we’ve some miles to make up and a loop to finish looping…

Ah yes, almost forgot – Woman’s Hour, BBC R4 this Thursday 21st May (10am ish), I’ll be speaking to Jenni Murray (Hopefully from some place a bit closer to Mauritius!)

S & D x

PS
I won’t be able to speak to any other rowers on the VHF unless I can see them – it only works on line of sight. Probably Max 3 nautical miles on a calm day for boats of our diminutive size. A mid ocean rendez vous would be complete chance! Serendipity even.

PPS
I’ll podcast again next week; too busy making up the miles today…

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9 Responses to Seablog: And for our next trick….

  1. terry bradley says:

    Com,on SARAH
    KEEP YOUR SPIRIT UP, YOUR REMARKABLE WITH ALL YOUR DETAIL OF YOUR FANTASTIC AMBITION ,YOU WILL SUCSEED IN THE END WITH SUCH AN FANTASTIC OUTLOOK, YOU MUST BE FULL ON DOING YOUR JOB ,YET YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO ENTERTAIN US ALL ,LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR BLOG EVERY NIGHT.SORRY TO SEE YOU ARE LEAVING US IN AUSSIE SO QUICK , TAKE CARE & SAFE & PLEASANT TRIP & ROWING FOR NOW . NIGHTY NIGHT!!

  2. CAW says:

    It’s so amazing hearing about your daily routine – it’s such a challenge but SO possible for such a great young woman! Little by little and you’ll get there.

    Keep up your spirit and enthuiasm. Solve one problem at a time. You are a fit young woman – you can do it! I come from a sailing background in very rough adventures, I KNOW you can do it. Best wishes – CAW

  3. Jane Spence says:

    Hi Sarah,
    hurrah, good to hear your Woman’s Hour revisit has come through – how suitable with you racing for those elusive Three Degrees! We’ll spread the message and get the menfolk and children to tune in as well. Glad you are making progress – may seem slow to you but I expect you are closing the gap with every stroke.

    Windy here in UK too – sun and showers flickering on, off like a dodgy streetlight. Just been planting lettuces – probably only for a slugfest though, I can almost here the blighters smacking their lips. Wonder if you see phosphorescence on the ocean at night – must be rather wonderful if you do.

    You’ll soon have the sunshine back. And with it your music. And your Three Degrees. Row that eau! best jane

  4. Barry Gumbert says:

    Sarah: Remember, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line in the opposite direction. An astrophysics joke.

    No Music ARRRRGH!!!!

    In the mean time here is a lyric to one of my favorite RUSH songs

    High Water
    When the waters rose in the darkness
    In the wake of the endless flood
    It flowed into our memory
    It flowed into our blood

    When something broke the surface
    Just to see the starry dome
    We still feel that relation
    When the water takes us home
    In the flying spray of the ocean
    The water takes you home

    Springing from the weight of the mountains
    Like the heart of the earth would burst
    Flowing out from marble fountains
    In the dreams of a desert thirst

    Something swam through the jungles
    Where the mighty rivers roam
    Something breaks the silence
    When the water takes you home
    I hear the wordless voices
    When the water takes me home

    Waves that crash on the shoreline
    Torrents of tropical rain streaming down
    Beyond our memory
    Streaming down inside our veins

    When something left the ocean
    To crawl high above the foam
    We still feel that elation
    When the water takes us home
    In a driving rain of redemption
    The water takes me home…

  5. Ted Brinkworth says:

    Hi Sarah,
    Have been following your amazing adventure since day 1 when you rowed past our school (Ocean Reef Senior High School). We are situated just behind the Marina which is situated some 35 ks north of Fremantle. Many of my year 11 and 12 students have been keenly reading your newsy blogs and are captivated by your internal strength and courage. We have had the driest April in Perth on record and no rain to date in May. We are prayng that it all doesn’t come at once for you. We love hearing from you. Keep at it Sarah. Ted and Students

  6. Lina says:

    Hi Sarah,Hope that the weather will fine up soon!!! I have been to a Mauritian social night on Saturday,and I have been telling them about your remarkable adventure….they will now follow your tracker…there is not a lot like you Sarah, you are just on INCREDIBLE YOUNG LADY!.. It has been a little frustrating for you, I know, but with your motivation and amazing sense of humour, you will get ahead, SUNSHINE will comeback soon and so is your music. Go Sarah Go, you are doing so well!

  7. Hi Sarah, an another Mauritian supporter from Sydney. Think positive
    we will support you all the way.You bring me back when I was in Perth
    for the America’s Cup.

  8. ian brocklebank says:

    hi sarah,glad to hear that you are making up ground now,fingers crossed for that 90th paralell milestone soon!i do marvel at your fortitude and spirit,quite an inspiration if one gets mopey about everyday trials and tribulations,it seems apt that with sunshine comes music so i really hope you get some rays soon to lift things up a bit,what sort of music are you into?i wonder do you have tunes for particular tasks?my thoughts were with you on sunday as i was walking the coast in what seemed like bad weather,high winds and horizontal rain,comparably then my situation did not seem so bad so i just pushed on……..
    i will be at a cider and folk festival on your birthday and have earmarked two or three special quaffs as toasts to you and dippers.
    till the next time
    regards
    ian

  9. Pam Stocker says:

    From a birthday girl. I’ve just had a big surpirse. In an effort not to be bothered about getting older I’ve inadvertantly added a year to my age last year some time, so the delight of yesterday was to have a birthday and celebrate staying the same age for another year. I did it when I was 38 too ( so I’m older than that!) Not sure if the loop I first imagined – being slooped by a wave over and over would be better than being driven back. Good rowing today and some sunshine soon. If I put my music up louder??? Funny how landmark moments can be very irritatingly hard to reach. Lots of love Pam

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