As January morphed to February and March steps forward ready for her turn, it feels like time has moved from a swift walk to a trot and now to a running pace at L2L HQ. Earlier this month marked eight months since I was rescued from the North Pacific last summer, and one month until I fly to Japan. Chapter 2 is ready to relaunch: these are exciting times, a riot of emotions and a library of To Do Lists. Here is a blog I wrote for the Independent recently about my feelings around the Relaunch. The short version is this – I am happy, strong and ready for it, grateful for all the support I have had to make it back to the ocean in such a short time frame. And the nerves, yes, they are there too, quietly and helpfully chattering. It’s all good. These are happy days. Here’s a little photo set from the last couple of months.
After a mammoth weekend of sorting, waterproofing, counting and checking, the boat has been packed with six months of supplies, loaded into a big metal box aboard an even bigger metal boat and is now on her way to Japan. Having finished my on the water training, I am now focussing on squeezing in as many land sessions as my diary allows between the speaking engagements, final admin and farewell parties.
I fly to Japan on March 13th, and Ocean Support Tony will fly out a week later to help me in the final week of preparations. The aim is to be ready to go on standby from April 1st, so that Happy Socks and I can cast off the bowlines as soon as the weather allows.
So, for now, watch this space for further updates and do please spread the word about the journey. I can’t promise much about the ocean ahead – it is the ocean after all – but I can promise an adventure.
PS: Foundation Lecture, Stamford High School – March 5th, 7pm. Tickets here.
PPS: For those of you who missed it last month: London2London Chapter 1 video : here