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August 26, 2007

The last few days have been disappointing for people who enjoy ocean rowing.  Roz Savage, who was rowing to Hawaii, had to be rescued at sea.  Then came the news that Ralph Tuijn wrecked his boat. 

This season on the Pacific Ocean was special.  We were excited because for the first time in history, more than one person would be rowing in the Pacific.  It is rarely crossed by any rowers. 

These recent events remind me of the risks which exist at sea.  The seas have been kind to me.  I am humbled.  I sincerely hope that Roz and Ralph can recover. 

In the meantime, I have to worry about the tropical storms that occur during this time of year.  The winds are mild today, so I took the opportunity to check my sea anchor.  This anchor does not stop my boat from moving.  Instead, it helps guide my boat when the waves are high.  Then I rinsed the deck of the boat.  It’s amazing how much hair, food and bits of fish can hide among the clutter on deck.

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