Just one sleep to go now until Gulliver and I push off from Japan’s shores on Sunday morning. Exciting times. Slightly nervous times, too.
This row will be one of the most challenging things I ever do in my life, I expect. I know it will be frightening out there at times. Here’s a short film sharing my thoughts on those top fears.
This is the second film of three on my thoughts about the row ahead. The final one will be with you tomorrow.
Sarah and Gulliver x
Following your dream is often harder than you had ever expected, but each decision that you make to continue in the face of obstacles, reinforces to you that you can accomplish this. I think you’re crazy, but I understand it.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
—– Proverbs 13:12
May you see the tree at the end of the sea,
and may God show you how much he loves you
as you play in his saltwater footbath.
Excellent videos Sarah and team. I saw a boat similar to yours at the Toronto International Boat Show two years ago so I have some appreciation of Gulliver being both your companion and protector….and the physical challenge. Thanks for sharing your thoughts ….and dream. Following from Lake Ontario. You CAN ADA do it ! GO SARAH AND GULLIVER
Hi Sarah, I am getting excited for you…! I too know how hard it is to ‘leave Japan’ even for a short while, but you will return…it is just a little Sayonara…! I am doing research on ‘Adventure’ and come across inspiring quotes and will send you a few. This one I found recently: “I learned that the richness of life is found in adventure…it develops self-reliance and independence. Life then teams with excitement, there is a stagnation only in security.” (William O. Douglas, former USA Supreme Court Justice) You, Roz Savage, and Laura Dekker, will all be crossing oceans again…at the same time…! Whoa…!
You and Gulliver are looking great in your videos!
It is amazing your departure is going to be Sunday when your friends in Japan can come and see you off.
The weather will be perfect.
I think you are making it all happen!
I will of course be in Choshi Marina tomorrow with my husband and son to wish you the best trip.
I look forward to seeing you tomorrow!
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Keeping an eye on your incredible journey. Bon Voyage, Sarah!
Kind regards… Christine
I came across your adventure in a roundabout way while following Laura Dekker and Tommy Tippits and just wanted to wish you all the best for this huge endeavour. As an ex bluewater sailor (albeit 30 years ago) I shall be following you all the way and have all my fingers and toes crossed that all goes well. Don’t forget to look out for all the debris from the japanese tsunami disaster, especially at night, there are some big chunks out there taking the same route as you. Good luck and take care!
What an incredible journey Sarah… I’m excited about your launch date this coming weekend. I’d be interested in learning a little more about your boat… It appears there are 2 cabins in the back and front? We’re cheering you on from Lake Ontario in Canada as well… I’m a distance marathoner so I’m excited to watch you get out there and get it done!! Enjoy the rest of your week before you head out.