LAND AHOY! LAND AHOY!

And a very good morning everyone!

Sarah has just completed 64 miles in the past 24h! That’s just amazing for a solo rower. Then,  just minutes ago, as I sat here eating my weetabix with cold milk and honey, I got this; 

—–Original Message—–
From: sarah@msg.iridium.com
Sent: 03 August 2009 05:42
To: ricardo
Subject: land 

LAND AHOY!LAND AHOY!LAND AHOY! STAND UP AND WAVE  -MIGHT SEE YOU!!

Isnt’t that such a great way to start your day? 🙂

Sarah has started her day with a decision to ‘tack’. Then she saw land. What a feeling that must be. Her first land since Australia. You can see her course change quite clearly on the tracker. She has gained herself so much sea room on the safe side that now she is able to point exactly where she wants and not play it safe anymore. That’s called good seamanship. Sailing and clearly ocean rowing can be like a chess game. For weeks Sarah has played ahead and now she is about to win the game.

By now I expect Helen and Matt will have landed in Paradise. I hear a helicpoter fly over as I write this. I wonder if that is magic man Marcel who secured the toy for closer viewing of Sarah later? This resort does have a helipad…

Conditions have calmed down a bit. There are no more white caps on the ocean and the palm trees look straight again!

Did anyone actually sleep out there or is it just me? 🙂

More as it happens.

ricardo

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17 Responses to LAND AHOY! LAND AHOY!

  1. maggie and dick from atlinbccanada says:

    hi sarah

    smelling the barn? yee-hah!

    we just can’t wait for the pictures.

    cheers, and please land safely.

    maggie and dick

  2. Jill & Stan Lewis says:

    fantastic news,Jill

  3. Margot Salter says:

    Sarah, Helen and Riccardo, I can feel the excitement all the way across the indian ocean so I can’t imagine how you are feeling. Go Go Go we are all watching. Just wish I could be there to really see you finish. Love Margot

  4. Jill OHalloran says:

    Beaudy mate…with tears of joy for you!!!!

  5. Jem says:

    very cool Sarah,

    well done

    Jem

  6. joseph yan de Périndorge says:

    i saw her track and call marcel that we were going to get you at souillac on that route and after a few minutes i went to see her on the tracker i saw her route change straight to mahebourg i think she is having a nice SE swell and pray that she does a minimun of 3 knts so that we do not get trap in the dark.
    we have a candle for you here sarah and will be on standy at ile de la passe.
    god bless you our indien ocean sirene
    a plus
    ton zozef

  7. RoninVancouver says:

    Five time zones east of you = nineteen hours behind you on the date clock. Sitting here in Vancouver Canada, tracking you on the hybrid map, and glad Monday 3rd Aug is a national holiday. Toenails digging holes in the carpet while bouncing back and forth between blog and map for updates every ten minutes, and weather updates every half hour. You are so on-target it’s astounding. Praying you hit the mouse-hole dead centre! Ricardo on Coast guard vessel and Marcel possibly upstairs on an egg beater, only wish I could be there on a Dolphin to lead you in! Go! Go! Go Girl! Ron 🙂

  8. Currin says:

    Hi Sarah,
    What a thrill that must be! Full-body adrenaline rush. Whoa !

    Cheers,
    Currin

  9. xtina says:

    Pretty strong winds hitting the top North East side where i was walking a few minutes ago Sarah,beautifully fresh though, they make the palm leaves spread all in one direction, the crests out on the reef are spraying into the air,and if you lie down to watch them they make a fantastic photograph as they feather the sky line!!
    Thinking of you today and wondering if you might have a space from rowing, to jot down your thoughts, this epic journey is nearly over.Love to you and Dippers.

    xtina

  10. Peter Collie says:

    Hi Sarah, I have been following your journey for a while now – I look forward to hearing that you arrive safely and my sincere congratulations for your achievement.
    Thank you
    Peter Collie

  11. helen jack says:

    three cheers for Sarah

  12. Terry Bradley says:

    SARAH & DIPPERS THE FABULOS TWO IT MUST BE A WONDERFUL FEELING. KEEP MIND ON THE JOB AT HAND TILL YOU FEEL THAT GOLDEN SAND ,YOUR GREAT Terry B !!!!!!!!

  13. Christine and Kathleen says:

    Hi Sarah its tremendous news. Well Done Just enjoy all the celebtrations etc. Our love to you all and many congratulations.

  14. Greta Warden says:

    Hello Sarah – many many congratulations. Been with you since Day 1 and thank you so much for all the interesting and entertaining daily blogs. What you have just achieved is absolutely wonderful – your Dad would have been so proud. Enjoy being with your Mum and family and I look forward hopefully to meeting you at a future book-signing here in Cambridge, UK. Again, very well done. With love and thoughts. Greta and Meg (cat) xx

  15. ian says:

    hi sarah,fantastic news,go steady now
    regards
    ian

  16. John Page says:

    This news is brill – I am so excited for everybody involved especially Sarah. My thoughts are with you…………

  17. Hi Sarah,

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!We are celebrating you, YOU ARE GREAT! WELCOME IN THE OCEAN ROWERS CLUB!!!

    Gábor, Andrea ( the hungarian rowers )

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