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Happy Socks is safe

Photo Credit RNLI/Castletownbere

Photo Credit RNLI/Castletownbere

Photo Credit RNLI/Castletownbere

Photo Credit RNLI/Castletownbere

This is just a quick note to let you know that our dear little Atlantic trooper, Happy Socks herself, is safe in Ireland. It is three months since I was picked up a few hundred miles north of the Azores by Federal Oshima ahead of Hurricane Joaquin, leaving Happy Socks behind.

I nearly fell off my seat yesterday when I had an email letting me know that the Valentia CoastGuard had received a call about a boat that looked like it was in trouble and that the local RNLI crew at Castletownbere took her safely under tow to bring her to shore. If she had been spotted much later, she would probably have been smashed upon the rocks – she was less than half a mile from shore when she was picked up.

We are making plans to go and retrieve her and shake the hands of the crew that picked her up, and give her a huge welcome home hug. To me, it feels like a friend has come back from the dead. It is very special and very emotional and I am very grateful.

More in due course, but for now, I am busy book writing.

All salty best,

Sarah and Happy Socks (eek!)

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BT Sport Action Woman 2015

Hello and ahoy –

Life is calming down steadily after the adrenaline of Tower Bridge day over a week ago and the following media run. I am catching up on sleep and enjoying the calm and headspace of being home, spending time with friends and family.

Physically my recovery and transition is a mix of physio, sports massage, and mostly gentle exercise, in a bid to turn unhappy muscles and posture back to a happier normal.

Soon I will start work on my new book – Dare to Do – due to be published in May. Apart from a couple of already-committed events, I shall not be doing any speaking for some time as I focus on writing.

In other news, I am chuffed to have been shortlisted in the BT Sport Action Woman of the Year awards, alongside 9 other women or women’s teams. The Awards evening is December 1st and public voting is open until 23rd November. Rather short sightedly, voting is only open via Twitter – so only Twitter account holders can vote. But still, if you fancy voting for any of the nominees you can do so via the BT Sport Action Woman site here.  Even if you cannot vote, the stories of each nominee are pretty inspiring, so worth a watch.

For now, go well and thanks for all your support in these final weeks.

Sarah and Team L2L x

P.S Tickets still available for the TransGlobe Expedition Trust event at the RGS in London on 26th November. Tickets here.

P.P.S Great to see the charity totals still rising steadily. Donations gratefully accepted here.

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EVENT: On the Edge, 26th Nov, London

091115 TGET FlyerCome and hear Sarah talk on her L2L adventures alongside other inspirational and entertaining folks: Jonathan Porritt, Brian Blessed and Ben and Natalia Weber. It forms an the annual (and blimmin’ marvellous) TransGlobe Expedition Trust fundraising event at the RGS on Thursday 26th November.

Event information here and ticket sales here.

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Tower Bridge

 

"Can you just spray the champagne again, in this direction?'

“Can you just spray the champagne again, in this direction?’

The grin says it all – a magic day at the end of London2London:Via the World. Tears, smiles, hugs, fizz and lots of warmth.

Back under the Bridge, 4.5 years after first paddling under it.

Back under the Bridge, 4.5 years after first paddling under it.

More to follow, but for now, bed after a super happy day.

Team L2L

 

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London calling

DCIM100GOPROG0020466.I have written the first sentence of this blog a few times, hitting delete again and again. I just don’t quite know what to say about how I feel right now. Except to say that I am calm, excited and emotional ahead of tomorrow’s finish under Tower Bridge, some twenty miles or so downstream. Tears are washing down my face as I write, one of my favourite journey tunes (Rise by Eddie Vedder) playing in my ears as a parade of memories surges inside and around me. What a journey. Thank you all for coming along with me and helping make it happen – be it on the ground, virtually or through supporting the expedition charities.

We boat in less than 12 hours and expect to be under Tower Bridge at midday, accompanied by a flotilla of kayaks from London clubs and paddlers from my original club back home, Rutland Canoe Club.

I cannot wait – it is going to be such a special day, rounding off such a special and crazy few years of my life. And yet, there is a twinge of sadness that it is over, that my trusty steeds will be resting quietly awhile.

So many people have worked hard to help make this journey a reality – be it throughout the miles or at different times. I am grateful to you all and would not have made it to Tower Bridge in the first place – or to this point of being almost there – without that support.

With warmth, a grateful heart and a teary grin I am now going to head to bed for some sleep.

I have had a magic couple of weeks on the home run and am excited for a final blast through London tomorrow. Tomorrow. Tomorrow! How crazy is that?

The YB Tracker will be updating every few minutes, so hopefully even those of you unable to join us can watch that little mini Sarah inching closer to Tower Bridge.

Until tomorrow,

Sarah, Krissy, Nelson, Hercules and, in their absence, Happy Socks and Gulliver x

P.S Let’s flood the charity site with pennies! You can do so here.

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