This is your rower here, calling you to Standby.
Assuming that the weather holds as the forecast suggests, and that my new AIS unit arrives today and is fitted in the next couple of days, then this Thursday 14th May morning at 09:45 am will see Happy Socks and me push off from Chatham Bars Inn pier and head out to sea on the ebbing tide.
Local folks are warmly welcomed to join the farewell team and there will be a press call beforehand for journalists.
Meanwhile, I am enjoying a few extra beautiful days with my favourite person in the world who flew back in to the U.S on the late flight yesterday evening to share in the final build up.
Yesterday two pals and I paddled out from the beach and over the sandbar which guards Chatham, so that if the wind means I need a tow on Thursday morning, I shall be joining up human-powered dots. It was a blustery day and the contrasts between bright blue skies and turquoise seas, framed by white sands was energising. We then did yoga on the beach, saluting the sun and being blasted by sand. After a few very down days coming to terms with being apart from Lucy, I felt energised and calmed at once, ready for the ocean.
The new AIS unit (replacing the one which failed last week) should be fitted in the next couple of days and then both Happy Socks and I will be ready to row. Like Lucy’s last email said, I feel fitter and stronger than I have been in forever. This feels like the time is now. Hopefully the weather picked up on that memo too.
Watch this space for more updates…
Sarah and Happy Socks x
P.S Thank you everyone for all your support recently – locally, from afar, in a physical sense or an energetic one. It is a team effort to bring this home.
P.P.S We need to smash these charity totals now folks – final run home. Any penny or pound will be gratefully received and put to hard work for CoppaFeel!, Jubilee Sailing Trust, MND Association, WaterAid. Donate here.