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    Question - "What does having a dream mean to you?"
    Answer - "A dream is a goal glimmering in the distance; it is an inner calling which, when accomplished,
    serves as the rite of passage into wisdom." Erden Eruç - Sep 17, 2004

    Image: Bam Island - an active volcano, a perfect cone. Bam Island - an active volcano, a perfect cone.

    Quick dispatch...
    January 29, 2009 - Day: 14 (3.8592S,145.1973E)    -3.8592S,214.8027W
    [ORS MAP] link on the top right should be working now. You can check my location there.

    I woke up with Bam Island at 9 nm to my southwest. This is an active volcano with its perfect cone shape. People live on its edges. It is one of the Schouten Islands.

    It has been one deluge after another the whole day, bringing mostly westerly rain squalls. Visibility came down to 200 meters often while ships passed nearby! As I write this in the late afternoon, the rain has finally stopped and I am drying a bit.

    Madang is only 93 nm from here. I have to go through the Isumrud Strait between Cape Croiselles and the Karkar Island to its northwest. I turn south at the Cape and Madang is due south from there.

    I took some pain medication ahead of time. I will have to put in long hours two nights in a row to make that southing into the Isumrud Strait. Otherwise I will have to continue on to the Vitiaz Strait. Dreger Harbor is another 150 nm further down the coast.


    Previous Dispatches

    Nice breeze, good sleeping...    January 27, 2009 - Day: 12 (2.3346S,144.6345E)
    This morning I submitted two wind forecast inquiries by email, one for my location at the FAD (Fish Aggregating Device - the buoy), and one 60 nm further south at the 3rd parallel. I use an automated


    Birds and buoy...    January 25, 2009 - Day: 10 (2.0871S, 144.6349E)
    Please remember to track my progress by clicking here. [MAP] link on the top right should be p


    There are not as many birds...    January 23, 2009 - Day: 8 (1.6590S, 145.8290E)
    I heard that the [ORS MAP] link on the top right points to the previous 312 day Pacific effort. Ocean Rowing Society has started a new tracking page for me, and we did not know until friends started c

    Later dispatches - Previous dispatches

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