The team at whisper.pr has taken over from Ricardo and will now be keeping you updated with Sarah’s progress.
I’m sure you have all been wondering why Sarah appears to be rowing back towards Australia, but you’ll now know – as she explains in her podcast – that this was merely a warm-up lap!
Towards the end of last week Sarah was very frustrated and confused. The Leeuwin Current and bad weather conditions were dragging her further and further south and there were worries all round that she might end up in the Southern Ocean. Throughout the day on Friday Sarah spoke to her on-shore team as well as experienced rowers Sally Kettle and Roz Savage to decide what course of action to take. There was a tense moment when Sally lost connection on the satellite phone…thankfully it was just one of those technical glitches that has a habit of happening at crucial moments!
Sarah did consider getting a tow back to where she started but there was a risk that the boat might have been damaged, and she can’t afford the time it would have taken to fix it. Instead she has decided to row back and carry straight on without coming back to land.
WEATHER LOOKING GOOD. FEELING IN FINE FRUITLOOPY FETTLE. WILL JUST CARRY ON! SEE NO REASON TO COME IN. HAPPY DAYS!
The weather conditions are favourable and as you can see from her tracker she is now level with Freemantle. The plan is to set out from further North this time so there is less chance of getting caught in the current. Sarah is referring to the last 9 days as her mile warm-up lap! It has been good experience for her to get her sea legs and settle into life as a rower, before the real journey starts.
Sarah won’t let any setbacks stand in her way, not even a 400 mile detour. Now that she has overcome the seasickness and started to get used to the exhaustion she is back on fine form and thoroughly enjoying herself.
LOVING IT OUT HERE! FINALLY HAVE AN APPETITE. I AM IN THE GROOVE!