Shore Support – Preparing for Sarah’s arrival
Trying to anticipate exactly when an ocean rowing boat will arrive at its intended destination is never easy. Trying to calculate when Sarah will arrive in the Aleutian Islands, where the weather is constantly changing and the forecast can’t be relied on much beyond a few days, is pretty well impossible. Certainly as the distance to go decreases, guessing the arrival date becomes easier, however when the anticipated destination (Adak) only has two flights a week you can’t afford to leave it too late before committing to a travel date. This has been the challenge for the shore support team over the past couple of weeks as Sarah has made her way ever closer to her landfall destination.
As a priority on arrival in Adak the support team will need to establish reliable internet access and telephone comms in order to allow continued close monitoring of Sarah’s progress in consideration with weather forecasts, and to keep Sarah informed of the developing arrival plan. Also importantly for sake of safety is the need to find a suitable boat that can go out and meet Sarah as she closes with land. Exactly when and how far out that boat will be required to go is very much dependent on Sarah’s ability to navigate safely and the weather conditions as she gets close to land. Finding a suitable boat in Adak at this time of year is not a simple task due to the advancing late season and the limited number of boats still operating in the area.
Consideration also has to be made for arranging the official formalities required when someone arrives in a foreign country from oversees. Not only does Sarah require Immigration and Customs clearance on arrival in Alaska, it’s also important Happy Socks is correctly declared as a foreign registered vessel entering the USA.
If time permits prior to Sarah’s arrival the logistics of where and how to lift Happy Socks out of the water will be established, together with making arrangements for the onward shipping/transportation of Happy Socks from Adak.
So a busy few days ahead for the arrival support team, working to finalise the details of what is a ‘fluid’ plan in every sense of the word.
(Sent from Tony, Ocean Manager, as he arrives in Anchorage. Next stop Adak)