Happy Socks is afloat everyone!
After a week spent with Tony readying her for the water and packing all the food onboard, it was a grinning, proud rower that watched the guys at Ryders Cove Boatyard hoist her into the water on Thursday. I rowed her for all of five precious, calm, familiar minutes from one side of the pontoon to the other after finishing with some journalists and then showing some officers from the US Coast Guard my gear for inspection. I am aiming to get to the oars this weekend and continue my quiet tinkerings of modifying this, putting this and that away tidily and getting her ready for the row.
If the weather plays fair then I hope to leave the weekend of 2nd/3rd May and if it doesn’t, we shall wait quietly. The Chatham Coast Guard station will be escorting me out over the notorious sand bar, providing they aren’t rescuing someone elsewhere. Stay tuned for updates on departure plans if you are planning to come out and say cheerio…
Everything feels like it is coming together, even if the To Do List keeps growing as quickly as I cross things off, and that feels reassuring and exciting too. There is a need to both get into ocean mode and readiness and also stand down from the commitments of land life – a sometimes bizarre juxtaposition. That said, my biking days seem like forever ago, even though I ride Hercules everywhere to and from errands etc.
I couldn’t have chosen a friendlier place to launch from – the people of Chatham and surrounds are being so kind to me and Happy Socks. Thank you all for everything.
PUBLIC TALK: Monomoy Regional High School, Chatham – 30th April, 7pm – All welcome. This will be my final public talk before I row home to the UK.
Until next time,
Sarah and Happy Socks x
P.S Thanks to: Sandy MacFarlane, Marj Burgard, the Village at Duxbury, Duxbury Bay Maritime School, Pleasant Bay Community Boating, Ryders Cove Boatyard, Carol and Dave Penfield, Joyce Hutchings, Bill Burlin, Team Allen.