With just hours to go until launching, it was with a heavy heart that one hour ago my weather router Lee and I decided to stand down and not launch tomorrow morning.
A strong gale which had previously been forecast to blow itself out to the south of me, is now forecast to blow right over the top and out along my proposed trajectory.
It is not sensible or safe to launch into rough conditions so close to leaving shore. We know that I will face conditions like that on my voyage, but to knowingly row into them so early on would be foolish and unsafe.
My apologies to those of you who have already set off or are planning to do so. Be assured you will have a warm welcome nonetheless and I shall be happy to show you round Gulliver.
So we will be on land for a few more days yet. More specifically, a week, we think – the long range forecast now shows 5th May onwards as a suitable window. But don’t hold your breath yet…
Thanks and all best, and thank goodness for weather routers and my team.
Sarah and Gulliver x