It’s Boxing Day. In the past, monetary gifts for the poor were collected at churches in a wooden box. The day after Christmas, St Stephen’s Day, the boxes were opened and the money distributed to the poor in the local parish. After a while, gifts were also given to tradesmen and servants on this day as a thank you for services rendered during the year. One presumes that was the beginning of the thirteenth cheque. Nice if you get one!
Have Box, Will Row
Speaking of boxes, the Dog Box, a.k.a. The Sea Rover is not much more than a box. And that’s what Greg Maud is rowing across the Atlantic in. He’s now 13th in a field of 26 boats, first in the solo rowers and has overtaken seven of the pairs and a couple of teams of four. He’s currently doing about 1.9 knots - just over 3 kilometres an hour. The race is 3000nm long. Greg has 2278.7 nm to go. The boat in the lead, crewed by four men, is only 133.9 nm ahead.
Greg is doing an awesome job considering he’s never done competitive ocean rowing before and the fact that yesterday a huge wave tossed the boat in the air and flipped it over! Maybe it was the wake from Santa’s sleigh as he did a low pass over the Atlantic!