It is almost time to go. I am wired and calm all at once, hoping that sleep will come more easily than last night.
The last couple of days of preparation have been full and busy, both with adrenaline and emotions and final tinkerings, sortings and packings.
I have been here before, many times on many different launches. I am happy that everything is as I would like it and need it, and confident that I am as ready as I shall ever be. I am the fittest that I have been for a couple of years. I am calm and excited at once, and ready for the journey home.
The final days have been made all the more brilliant and grounded by having Lucy at my side. When my brain fogged over, she made decisions. When my temper frayed because too much was happening at once, she calmed me down. When my heart raced and things felt too excitable, she held me close and I listened to her breathe.
I am looking forward to getting stuck in to the rowing, to pulling and pushing hard away from land and rowing towards home. I am grateful to everyone who has helped me get this far and to all who will be helping me get home safely and swiftly.
Keep an eye on the tracker for my progress (and ocean knitting!) and stay tuned to this blog and Twitter for updates – a mix of written, pictorial and phone casts. You will be hearing from both me and the team as we head home.
Thank you everyone for being a part of this journey. It is a team effort and I am grateful to all, whatever part they play.
Sarah and Happy Socks x
P.S Departing Chatham Bars Inn, Chatham, 0945 Thursday 14th May from the beachfront. Come along and say cheerio if you are nearby and read this before then!
P.P.S Thanks to all my Chatham team… Alan and team at Ryders Cove Boatyard, Carol and Dave Penfield, the team at Chatham Health and Swim Club, Joyce Hutchings, Amy Latham, Ships Light, Grammy Roz and Bill Coleman, Pleasant Bay Community Boating, Cmdr Bill Burlin, John Dickson and Chatham Bars Inn.