Well, sort of. It is almost time to go but not quite. The weather isn’t quite ready for Gulliver and I yet, so we are staying onshore a bit longer and hoping to leave next week. As I push out from shore I will have two goals – one is to get away from Japan as quickly and safely as possible and the other is to avoid squashing by container ships and fishing boats which run up and down this coast and in and out of various ports in Choshi.
The winds look to be doing useful things next week so at the moment we are thinking of a 24/25th departure. Watch this space. News as soon as we have it…
Meanwhile we have been trucking on with final preparations… checking kit and systems, sorting and waterproofing the food and medical kits and packing it all into the boat. As I type this, Gulliver is almost finished and ready to go. Exciting, eh?! The plan is to finish the packing tomorrow, wrap up the To Do List on Saturday and then rest and sleep some more.
I have also been doing interviews with press around the world, so do keep an eye out for those and let us know what you see and where! The BBC’s Sarah Teale has so far posted two of three video reports that she filmed out here in Japan last month.
More to follow over the weekend on just how to pack an ocean rowing boat…
All best and thanks for the great messages of support and wonderfully generous donations to my charities.
Sarah and Gulliver x