Following Sarah’s call to the L2L Team at 0150am BST 7th June, we have been busy the last 17 hours implementing the plans in place for situations such as this. Sarah is still safe and well and strapped inside her cabin on Gulliver and has been communicating regularly with the Team throughout the day (and her night).
Fellow British Rower Charlie Martell is also awaiting rescue in his boat Blossom. He sent a distress call to the authorities at around 0900 BST 7th June also following damage to his boat whilst passing through the tropical storm Mawar. Charlie is approximately 280 miles NE of Sarah’s current position.
At regular intervals today a surveillance plane from the Japanese Coastguard has been monitoring both Sarah and Charlie.
Whilst the storm is still ongoing the current weather forecast is for ‘Rosie’ to weaken and by 12 noon BST 8th June more manageable conditions are expected to be in place with winds of 15knots and waves of 4-5m. We expect the recovery vessel to arrive with Sarah at 1800hrs JST (1000hrs BST) Friday 8th June. Many, many thanks to the Coastguards in Falmouth and Japan for their swift response to the situation.
You will have seen from Sarah’s tweet that some water has entered her cabin but this is minimal. Sarah is bearing up well and demonstrating the strength and resolve that has brought her the huge distance on the journey so far. The request for her first meal back on land in Japan is ‘PANCAKES PLS. COLD OJ. GRAPES’.
Thank you for all your messages of support, these make such a difference to Sarah, the Team and her family. She has some tough hours ahead of her which will be made all the more easy with your thoughts and wishes.
We will keep you up to date on progress as and when we have further news.
All the best
The London2London Team