Ahoy ahoy from L2L HQ!
Did anyone see what happened to January?It seems it raced on by without stopping to say hello properly. Needless to say it has been a busy month so far at London2London HQ. Project Manager Sara Davies has been beavering on the logistics of launch day and how we ship a bus full of Rutland school kids down to join us on the day; Logistics Manager Tim Moss continues to figure out the logistics of getting kayaks out to the middle of nowhere in Far Eastern Russia while my camerawoman and support paddler Justine Curgenven circumnavigates Tierra del Fuego in a kayak! Lots of exciting announcements to follow in due course, most probably all from the brand new website which is currently being developed by Jim Shannon at NGI Creative, and due to be launched at the end of February. Meanwhile I have been brokering sponsor deals, continuing my speaking gigs, developing the educational side of the expedition with fellow nutcase and wonderful science geek Huw James , choosing colours for my new boats and squeezing training in wherever I can.
This week I have been really lucky to have three solid days of beasting with my strength trainers at the specialist centre of excellence Core Cambridge and in a few hours I shall head North for a weekend of brushing up my suturing and injecting skills with my favourite expedition doctors Sean and Caroline Hudson of Expedition Medicine.
Here is a little piece that BBC East Midlands Today filmed during my stint at Cambridge. Note the very real gurning as I squeeze out another repetition!
PS Have you pre-ordered your copy of ‘A Dip in the Ocean’ yet? Not long to go until you can get your hands on a copy – I saw my first one today and am very happy indeed.