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The Ocean Rowing Society Guestbook for Tori Murden

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Sept 11... WHEN Monday, Sept. 14, 9:30 a.m. EDT  WHERE City Hall, Broad and Market Streets, Room 202, Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA -- Tori Murden, a 35-year-old adventurer from Louisville, Ky., meets the press Monday in Philadelphia after spending 85 days alone at sea. During her solo attempt to row the North Atlantic Ocean without support, Murden set the world record for spending more days alone at sea than any other woman rower. She also set the record for the most miles rowed solo by any American -- man or woman.

Date sent: Sun, 13 Sep 1998 13:12:35 +0200
From: Diana og Stein Hoff <>
Subject: Congratiolations!
Dear Tori,
Congratulations on your heroic attempt at becoming the first woman to
row across the Atlantic.
We followed your progress every day and suffered with you when your
progress slowed. We saw Danielle heading for you several days before she hit
and we feared the worst. We are very happy that you are safe, but sorry that
you had such bad luck with the weather. After the foodpoisoning off
Tenerife, how many lives have you left now, we wonder? What is your next
venture? Do get a little rest first!!
Best wishes,
Arvid Bentsen and Stein Hoff of "Star Atlantic"
(Norwegian boat in ARR 97

From: "THE DEWEE'S" <>
Date sent: Sat, 12 Sep 1998 21:31:48 -0400
TORI we are so relieved that you came back to us in one piece and
kicking ! We hope you are alright. We will be lost as to what to do now that
its over, We have enjoyed the times thinking & talking of your trips
progress the loneliness that you must have felt & the granger of it all! We
will never forget the times you have given us! thank you = more than I can
tell del, linda & crew @ (ksc) you are awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#1

Date sent: Sat, 12 Sep 1998 07:56:02 -0500
From: anncoffey <>
Subject: From A Friend
Tori -
Thank you for going. I thought and prayed for you everyday. Your
adventure took me places inside myself that I forgot were there.
Thank God for bringing you home.
Ann Coffey

Date sent: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 23:53:30 -0400
From: Idru Vibbert <>
Subject: invitation to visit school
Dear Ms. Murden,
Your courage and determination have been an inspiration to my 85 sixth
graders following your progress from your hometown, Louisville, KY. We have
been studying the qualities of heroism, and you seem to fit them all. We
would love to have you visit our school, Conway Middle, in Southwest
Jefferson County, when you return home. Our prayers are with you.
Mrs. Idru Vibbert, Sixth Grade
Social Studies and Language Arts Teacher

Date sent: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 20:51:55 -0700
From: thrawn <>
Subject: I'm proud of you!!!
Dear Tori,
I don't know if you remember me; I rowed with the LRC when I lived in
Louisville in 1993 and you taught me how to row a single shell. (I was
the one who took the photos at the regatta including the shell trailer).
When I first saw the article about your voyage in June I was so excited that
I actually new you. I have been watching your progress daily and was really
when I learned more about you as a person. I feel honored to have known
however briefly. Your courage has helped me gain some self confidence in
standing up for myself and making great strides in making my life more of
what I want it to be. I had tears in my eyes when I read about your rescue
for numerous reasons -- 1) relieved that you were safe; 2) disappointed that
you didn't complete the voyage; and 3) an unbelievable amount of respect and
admiration for the kind of person you are. I am so proud that you walk on
the same earth that I do!
Enjoy your rest and I will keep my eyes open for your next adventure!!!

Best wishes, Wendy A. (Blackburn) Hembrough
From: "jnelson" <>
Date sent: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 20:03:09 -0000
Hello Tori!
I have had many moments of tears for you as I wished you well during all
these days and totally admired your courage. How many days when I would
think "I'm having a bad day!" Then I'd think of you alone in that boat at
the oars in hurricane(s) and I would be shifted to another perspective. I
hope you are familiar with Minnesota songwriter and singer Ann Reed and her
song "Every Long Journey" that she wrote for explorer Ann Bancroft. I am so
glad to know you are safe. Godspeed in your recovery.

Date sent: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 14:13:37 -0500
From: (Jay Roberts)

Date sent: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 16:28:23 EDT
Been folowing you from england .....your progress has also been talked of on
our over night BBC were beaten by the strongest most powerfull
entity ....the fact you got two thirds of the way shows your strength....may
you beat mother nature next time Geoff

Date sent: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 09:47:18 EDT
Subject: Collegiate alum already impressed
I don't know if this will find you before you arrive in Philadelphia, but I
hope so. I was already impressed by the junior who came solo from
Pennsylvania because she knew she wanted a better high school education, so
now I am just overwhelmed with awe over all you have done. I knew there was
something special about your competitive spirit on the basketball
court...but I truly had no idea what you had in you.
You are a true hero and in a world where we need them desperately, I am
grateful for all you have done.
I was hoping to try to sneak in on the press session to say hello on Monday.
If not I just want to send my congatratulations and sincerest best wishes.
I can't wait to see what you will do next.
Allyn Anderson Barth

From: (Donald J. Fernbach)
Date sent: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 20:26:15 -0500
It took a giant lady (Danielle) to stop a great lady. We are all proud of
you and glad to learn that you are in safe hands. Donald J. Fernbach,

Date sent: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 23:26:18 EDT
Subject: Thankyou
Tori- I have been following your journey since it began. Thank you for the
courage and inspiration you have been giving on this journey. I am glad you
are safe and sorry you were not able to meet the goal you set.I hope you
know that you became a hero weeks ago when your oar first touched the water.
Tracie Anderson,New Albany IN

From: "Saville's E-Mail" <>
Subject: Tori's Row
Date sent: Fri, 11 Sep 1998 06:26:17 -0400
Hello Tori!
Congratulations on your Brunhildian effort! I have some idea of what = it
was like, so I admire your courage. My wife Kathleen and I rowed = across
the Atlantic in 1981, Labrador coast in 1982, Mississippi River in = 1983,
and 10,000 miles across the South Pacific from Peru to Australia in 1984-85.
My own first attempt to cross the Atlantic in a solar powered boat in 1991
ended when the boat was damaged and I was bloodied by hurricane force wind
and wave conditions off Africa. You did the right thing when you pushed the
button. I tell my mountain climbing friends, "The mountain will always be
there." That has been true for me, except for Mt. St. Helens. The Atlantic
will always be there, and you will always have a special place in the
knowledge of what you have seen and experienced on the sea. I hope to meet
you sometime. Best wishes, Curt Saville

Date sent: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 17:56:27 EDT
Dear Tori: Have been keeping up with your latest adventure and am sorry you
had to abort the mission. I feel privileged to know you and you are an
inspiration to me. I recall a lot of your adventures as I helped with some
of the travel arrangements. Barb Forsee

Date sent: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 10:20:24 -0400
From: Karen Miller <>
Subject: Yeah for Tori
Our class wrote this letter for you:
September 10, 1998
Dear Ms. Murden,
We think you are very brave to try to row across the Atlantic. We are
sorry you didn't make it but at least you tried. Maybe if you try again,
you'll reach your goal. We hope you are alright. We are sorry that you
got all beat up and we hope you get well. We are sorry you got hit on your
head several times. We can't imagine what you've been through!
When you get better, maybe you can come to outr school. Maybe you
could tell us what happened and what it felt like. We wonder if you saw any
sea animals. Please let us know if you can come sometime. We'd love to
talk with you.
Ms. Miller's class
Roby Elementary School
1148 Hwy. 44 East
Shepherdsville, KY 40165
(502) 955-9200
Thanks, Tori!
As my class said, we would love to
have you visit if at any way possible!
Karen Miller

From: "Ang Vaccaro" <>
Subject: Congratulations !!!!!!!
Date sent: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 09:08:22 -0400
It was wonderful to hear your voice, know you are ok, and to think of
what you have accomplished.
My father use to say "I can go to sleep when I see the headlights of
your car in the driveway".
I understood that when Nick and Gina started to go out on their own and now
with your adventure.  Your are the "PEARL" of Louisville.
Ang and Del Vaccaro

Date sent: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 09:07:10 EDT
Subject: Way to go!
I'm so happy you are safe. This was a great accomplishment and I'm proud of
you. It seems like all your decisions that last day or two were made with
other people's safety in mind. I hope you are healing and have time to
share some of the trip with us some day. Not too many people learn what
it's like to live on this planet like you did. Judith Rice

Date sent: Thu, 10 Sep 1998 03:08:24 -0400
From: Idru Vibbert <>
My sixth grade classes are following your progress with wonder. What an
adventure for all of us to follow your progress across the Atlantic. We
would love to have you visit our classes when you return to Louisville.
Conway Middle School salutes you Tori. Your bravery has shone through. Mrs.
Vibbert's sixth grade students.

From: (Rupert Baurmann)
Date sent: Wed, 9 Sep 1998 20:39:53 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Rough Journey Victoria
I note very few letters were written to Victoria on this adventure so
this one is for her as I believe I can relate to her since I was born in
March six days further into the month but fortyfive years earlier I also
have a Tori, be it for the better or worse, my Tori is my twin brother who
has experienced all the adventures since our high school years seeing action
in world war two and world travel living in Colombia and the Argentine and
Kenya and Ethiopia for periods of time so I was unable to know the hardships
or accomplishments of these adventures. It was you, Victoria that made it
possible for Tori to endure the loneliness of endless days and nights of
being unable to read, write or talk with any one and to tell Tori to push on
regardless of the hardships of sleepless nights and creature comforts of
home and the "good life" It is still hard for me to believe Mother Nature
delt you such a low blow. You did your best and fought the fight and you are
winners so now its your turn Head back to Lousville and treat yourself to
mid size american convertable and this spring go out and see the new colts
and fillies romping in that Kentucky blue grass as you know it won't be long
before Tori is going try this again I know all who have been following your
journey thank God for your safe rescue and it must have been difficult for
Mr. Lynch to be away at this time and I hope his Mothers health will improve
Warm wishes for a bright tomorrow for you and everyone involved in this
adventure Bob Baurmann

From: "Wendy Wright" <>
Date sent: Wed, 9 Sep 1998 21:15:50 -0500
Dear Tori,
I was so sorry to hear that the storm stopped you. I had checked up on you
every couple of days and had been hoping that you would make it. Know that
you inspired many people to push a little harder and try a little longer.
Hope to hear more about your journey after you get rested up.
Best wishes,

Date sent: Wed, 09 Sep 1998 21:00:58 -0400
Subject: Awesome Journey!
My 16 year old daughter asked if we could find out how you were doing
and if you were still on course. She seemed genuinely interested in your
awesome journey. I found your site on the web and we were very excited to
find that you have completed more than 75% of the voyage. You are truly an
inspiration for young and old alike. We can't wait to see you on the news
when reach France! May the winds be fair and the seas following!!
Jay E. Mollenkopf and Family

Date sent: Wed, 09 Sep 1998 16:24:02 -0500
From: starlabe <>
Subject: Hell of a ride woman!
I've sailed the Atlantic in August several years ago, through part of a
hurricane that took the same course as Danielle, the one that hit Tori. A
25ft wave scared the hell out of me in a 40 footer so I can imagine what it
must have been like for Tori. Tori I've followed your progess since day one
and have been cheering you all the way. Last night when I found out what
had happened (the rescue) I cried. My wife said "What's the
least she's alright". Yes, true and I'm thankful for that but you were so
close. Tori, I'd like to tell you don't give up but I know that you won't.
I'll be cheering for you next time! Your 85 days is still one hell of ride!

Date sent: Wed, 09 Sep 1998 13:25:50 -0700
From: "Richard A. Vance" <>
Subject: Homeward Bound
Sorry to hear that Danielle ended your voyage, but glad that you made
the tough decision in time. Ive been following your trip daily - Ill
miss checking up on you. Did you get 2/3 across just to turn around and
come back? No weekend in Paris? I look forward to hearing about the
adventure. Rick Vance

Date sent: Wed, 09 Sep 1998 10:21:08 -0700
From: sharon woodhull <sharon.woodhull@>
Subject: A Truly Remarkable Effort By An Outstanding Individual
Like many before me, I have been following your progress daily as you
made your way mile by mile across the Atlantic. When the notice posted of
the ending of your journey, I was both saddened and elated. Saddened to see
that you came so close and had worked so hard; elated to know that you were
indeed safe and well.
Of your courage there is no doubt. I wish you well in your recovery,
and look forward to the day when I can once again log-on and ride along on
your next attempt.
Best wishes
Sharon Woodhull

Date sent: Wed, 9 Sep 1998 16:23:40 EDT
Subject: To the Lady of the Atlantic
From Atascocita Texas Dorothy and Dick say bravo to a great Lady and we are
happy to know that you are safe. That really is all that counts and we
know Louisville will welcome you home with open arms.

From: Nate & Roxanne Clark <>
Subject: Wishing You Well!
Date sent: Tue, 8 Sep 1998 22:07:21 -0700
I just heard over the Ken Hamblin Radio Show that you were picked up Sunday
due to the problems with the Hurricanes. My heart sank as he released the
news in fear that something more serious had happened to you. I was
relieved to hear that you were OK. I salute you for your efforts and wish
you well in future endeavors. Thank you for being a true American Heroin.
God Bless you in whatever you choose to do. I hope to hear your name again,
in the news for having met the challenges of new adventures.
Nate Clark

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