Shortly after arriving home in June, I had a phone call from Jamie at Global Boatworks. They had Gulliver’s sister boat, Socks, in the workshop for a ‘sprucing up’ after her speedy dash across the Atlantic with Jon Beeden earlier this year. She had been sold on already but the new owner had decided to postpone his ocean rowing plans for another day and was looking for a resale.
My heart may well have stopped beating for a moment and my stomach most definitely did some leaping and lurching. There was now a way to return to the ocean. Thank goodness for insurance. Thank you to Roanoake my brokers and Lloyd’s the underwriters.
I visited her in Devon shortly afterwards and bought her shortly after that. She will go across to Jamie and Emily next month for a ‘Pacific Upgrade’. So, that’s who I’ll be returning to the ocean with next year – Gulliver’s sister. It will be sweet and special to take her out there, somehow fitting that we will finish off the journey that Gulliver and I set out to make. Of course, he may well beat us across.
I was very happy to hear that the lovely Blossom, trusty steed of Charlie Martell, will also be rowing the high seas once more. She will also return to Jamie and Emily for some TLC.
More on the new addition and modifications next month and a headsup on some upcoming speaking events. If you would like me to join your event with some tales from the first chapter of London2London, please email email@example.com.
All salty best,