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July 27, 2007

The Ocean Rowing Society tracks my progress every day.  They use information from the special equipment I have on board, called ARGOS.  In case of an emergency, they always know where I am.  This, along with another tracking device called an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, helps Nancy to sleep better at night.

The good news from our weather expert is that Tropical Storm Dalila settled down.  It should not affect the wind and seas around me.

It was cold water that slowed down Dalila.  Tropical storms in warm, moist areas like the Caribbean turn into hurricanes.  Cold water has the opposite affect.

At the end of the day yesterday, I was dry and warm.  I was looking forward to dinner when a huge wave surprised me.  The result was five buckets worth of cold ocean water splashed straight at me.  I had no place to hide or run.  I just watched, as if it was in slow motion, as the water left me drenched.

“I can’t go in like this,” I thought.  I need to keep the cabin dry or everything inside will get ruined.  So I undressed and put the wet clothes in my laundry bucket.  I let them soak in salt water and washed them in the morning.  I changed into fresh, dry clothes and ate dinner.  I felt good.  This unexpected event was a good chance to clean up.

The waves are calmer and more regular now.  They make for easy rowing.

*Entry adapted for grades 5-8 by Andrea Rogers

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