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.
Happy news from Sarah and Happy Socks.
I’m so pleased and relieved to tell you that Sarah is putting her feet up in her cabin. She came within half a mile of land but the prevailing winds, swell and current were pushing her onto the rocks that circle the coves. Her support on the boat decided it was time for a tow, her safety being the main consideration as always.
If you follow the tracker it’s clear to see when the support boat met her and there were hugs all round as Sarah made human contact for the first time in 150 days. A bottle of Pol Roger champagne toasted the reunion. Now she will be towed in Happy Socks through the island passage to the harbour, a trip expected to last some 3-4 hours.
Sarah will return to this point in spring 2014 to continue her London 2 London (via the world) expedition by kayak.
Happy smiling faces from all at L2L.
Sarah’s got just 2.3 miles to go and is determined to make land herself (even if she has to swim the last few strokes!). In a complete whiteout with still no sight of land, she has a light wind and current against her so progress is painfully slow.
Soaked to the skin with icy cold waves that crash over her, she sounds amazing and is dreaming of that eagerly anticipated hot bath.
The support guys are a little way off, trying to settle their stomachs before joining her as she gets close to the southern shore of Adak. No easy beaches to land on here but plenty of sheltered coves.
With her rowing almost over (till the Atlantic of course), Sarah has asked me to make one final request for donations to her chosen charities. Any amount, however small, all makes a difference and can be done by clicking on the ‘Donate Now’ button on her home page. A huge “Thank You” to everyone who has already donated.
Waiting with the rest of you!
I’ve just spoken to Sarah as she sits in the night-time fog, trying to row the final 4 miles to Adak. Totally, exhausted but sounding incredibly cheerful as the end draws near. A real rollercoaster of emotions washing over her.
The support boat are nearby, having made contact over the VHF and they are waiting to see if Sarah can make the last few miles or needs a tow. The wind is not helpful so it will be difficult to get in under her own steam.
Tony and James are suffering from the bumpy seas and have moved away a little to find some calm! Let’s hope they get some time to recover before the final push for land.
Sarah hasn’t seen any land yet due to the cloud and fog but knows she is close and has seen some new birds, presumably from the islands.
This poster below has been put up on the island and brings it home how close she is now. I’m sure the people of Adak will give her an outstanding welcome.
Monday 23 September
Sarah Outen is expected to arrive at the small boat harbour this afternoon having rowed solo and unassisted from Japan.
She will have been at sea 150 days and covered over 3,750 miles in her 21’ ocean rowing boat ‘Happy Socks’.
Sarah will become the first person ever to have crossed the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Alaska in a rowing boat.
The community will have one hours’ notice prior to her arrival and all are invited to see her step ashore and welcome her to Adak.
Nearly there Sarah!
Mel (L2L project manager)
Sarah is now into her last few hours of rowing as her support team in Adak (Tony Humphreys, Ocean Manager and James Sebright, photographer) prepare to meet her. Latest from Tony below:
We’re leaving port at midnight (1.5hrs time, 09.00UTC/10.00BST) and hope to be at the southern end of the Kagalaska Passage by 04.30 local time. Once on the southern side of the island we should have VHF comms with Sarah and will rendezvous with her. Subject to where she is, what her COG is and what the wind’s doing we may let her row on, hopefully to land, or we’ll take her in tow and bring her back to port. All going well we’ll be back early afternoon (midnight’ish UTC). We won’t have any access to internet or cell phone coverage until we get back to port. We’ll ask Sarah to call in using her satphone once we’re with her and she’s on her way in to port.
Chart showing the island of Adak, the direction Sarah will be approaching the island from, the Kagalaska Passage where Sarah will go through to get to Adak Port.
Sarah is in very good spirits, keen to row as best she can and enjoy her final push.
Watch this space!