Welcome to my blog, where I share all the stories from my L2L expedition as I row, cycle and kayak a continuous loop of the planet. I hope you'll enjoy experiencing the highs (and lows!) of my journey so far and the adventures ahead on my way back to Tower Bridge. You can also have a listen to my Phonecasts recorded en route.

Homeward bound

Montreal's support team, led by Mylene Paquette

Montreal’s support team, led by Mylene Paquette


This is your rower here, soon to be cyclist and kayaker again. Soon to be home. Home! I haven’t been home properly for 18 months and have a lot of hugs in store for friends and family and team, and my baby nephew, whom I am yet to meet. Lucy and I fly from Montreal tonight after a magic and gentle couple of days doing nothing very much besides some exped admin and, for me, enjoying as much fresh fruit as I can eat.

Lovely Mylene and Carol practising their banner placements

Lovely Mylene and Carol practising their banner placements

If I had to come ashore on this side of the Atlantic then there is no better place. My good friend and sister of the waves Mylene Paquette lives here and so has hosted us and been Chief Liaiser/Fixer/Translator etc etc. Another wonderful friend from Cape Cod, Carol Penfield, drove for 10 hours to surprise me as I stepped off the boat, bringing with her bags full of cakes, presents and greetings from my Chatham supporters. To be with folks I know and love and who understand a little of the journey and waves is like a warm bath – gentle, supportive and nourishing.

Possibly the squeeziest hug in the world after 5 months apart.

Possibly the squeeziest hug in the world after 5 months apart.

Everything feels a bit surreal right now. It is as though a part of me is still on the ocean with Happy Socks, rowing, rowing, rowing….and I am in some parallel universe. To have left the ocean so quickly and then be on shore within a week is rather a lot to process, especially without my dear little white boat. I am trying to keep it all contained until we finish back under Tower Bridge and I have time and space to reflect. Hooray for adrenaline.

Captain Gupta and myself on the bridge of Federal Oshima

Captain Gupta and myself on the bridge of Federal Oshima

Plans are evolving apace for the final legs of cycling and kayaking in the UK. Led by Project Manager Sara Davies and PR Chief Jenny Ellery, it is all coming together nicely, with input and support from various external parties. We are all excited for cherishing these final miles of the journey and getting under Tower Bridge on November 3rd, and grateful to everyone helping make it happen.

The crew of Federal Oshima

The crew of Federal Oshima

Big thank yous to Suzanne and Marc from local agents FedNav for arranging the legalities; the Customs chaps for coming out to St Lambert Lock to sign me in; Erin and Tibo and Christopher for coming to wave; Evelyn, Laurence and Loic for cheering and pictures; Marysol for filming and smiles; Carol for being the Cape Cod Messenger and Hug Deliverer (and the senders for all the warmth and support); Mylene for everything.

A special  thanks to Captain Gupta and crew of Federal Oshima for their assistance in the Atlantic and welcome onboard during my week at sea. The Indian cuisine was some of the best food on my entire L2L journey…

We look forward to posting details and updates of these final legs as things draw closer.

A final thanks to you – my online family of supporters for all the messages and good energy you have put our way.


Sarah and, in her absence, Happy Socks x

P.S Still marching towards our charity goals for CoppaFeel!, MND Association, WaterAid and Jubilee Sailing Trust. Please consider donating here. Thank you!

P.P.S We are looking to borrow/hire/get sponsored with 2 weeks of a motorhome hire for the final leg of the journey. Must be UK based, roughly Oxford/London area and to have had no animals inside. Any leads, please get in touch via

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The anticipation…

… is driving me crazy!

It’s Lucy here, Sarah’s fiancee. It’s 0915 on Saturday morning and we (Mylenne who is hosting us and Carol who secretly drove 10 hours up from Chatham as a surprise to greet Sarah) are sat round the kitchen table having a coffee and eating breakfast. At 02:00 this morning the time of Sarah’s arrival changed from 7am to 11am EST as the Federal Oshima has to be on the anchor for a few hours while they wait for a pilot to navigate the locks.

I flew in Thursday evening to Montreal, and my first time in Quebec, (I think Sarah wants me to have visited every Canadian province before the year is up) and we spent the day decorating the house and stocking up on gin.

Getting ready for Sarah!

Getting ready for Sarah!

The excitment is unbearable, I haven’t been able to sleep since 5am so have  exhausted a TV series on my laptop and watched the sunrise. The weather yesterday was raining and grey, but today, it must have received the memo, the sun is shining brightly sat in the bluest of skies.

It’s time… we are off!!!!!!!!!

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Phonecast update from Sarah

A cheery hello from our adventurer – listen below for her news

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Hello all you lovely L2L supporters. I read the comments from the previous blog out to Sarah and she is truly, truly humbled at all the support.

Sarah has been forced to abort her Atlantic row due to impending severe weather conditions. Winds of up to 60 knots and huge impassable waves caused by the tail end of Hurricane Joachin combined with two low pressure systems were due to hit Sarah in the coming days. Together with her team, she made the decision to be picked up safely.

She was quickly met by a nearby ship on the 3rd of October - the Federal Oshima – which is bound for Montreal. She is safely on board the ship but her boat, Happy Socks, was lost at sea due to the complexity of the pick up. She is set to arrive in Montreal in about a week’s time.

She is safe and well and finding it surreal travelling at 14 knots (in the wrong direction, but nothing new here!) She will be back in the UK mid October after which she will complete her UK part of the expedition. She is excited to cycle and kayak her way from Falmouth to Tower Bridge and finish the expedition right where she started 4 or so years ago.

We will keep you posted on details so keep watching this exciting space.

A special thank you from her team to everyone reading, listening and supporting Sarah wherever you maybe.

the Federal Oshima carrying precious cargo

the Federal Oshima carrying precious cargo


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Phonecast: Day 143 – The pick up

Due to two low pressure systems interacting as well as  hurricane Joaquin causing havoc in the North Atlantic at the moment, the decision was made in the wee hours of today for Sarah to be picked up. Listen in below:


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