It’s a glowy sort of moment when you open the container that you sealed on the other side of the world six weeks ago to find that all is well and your boat is as happy as you would hope. Tony and I took delivery of Happy Socks at Choshi Marina this morning and unloaded her onto Gulliver’s old trailer – still here from last year – with the help of the lovely marina staff.
Tony and I have spent the best part of ten hours working on her – tinkering with this and that, checking and testing, tying things down and solving the puzzle that is fitting everything into the boat. There’s been a degree of pulling things out to leave behind too – creating the infamous ‘Pile of Shame’, made of those bits which seemed like a good idea at the time but really aren’t as necessary as previously thought. Tony and I sometimes have different ideas on this, so I shall have to do a check before he flies home on Sunday to make sure he hasn’t stealthily removed anything! There is more to be done over the next couple of days, including the ‘Float Test’ – to see how she’s sitting in the water and to run the watermaker too. Hopefully the next picture of her will be all logo’d up and looking the part.
Thanks to everyone involved in getting her out here – from Starlift in Essex, to Makoto in Tokyo, the Yamaha driver who also delivered Gulliver last year and the staff of Choshi Marina ‘Team Choshi’. And thanks to Kerry Waggler for driving us all out here. One happy rower and one Happy Socks.
Sarah and Happy Socks x
PS: The weather next week isn’t showing any useful windows for departure yet. Fingers crossed it changes.