re-sized Rough-Choshi

The latest from Sarah Outen and introducing Charlie Martell

Sarah is still tied to dry land because of unsavoury weather:

Choshi, Japan

Rough seas as Choshi, Japan

… but very keen to get away. However, she has an ear tuned to good advice such as that from the poet John Millington Synge:

‘A man who is not afraid of the sea will soon be drowned, he said, for he will be going out on a day he shouldn’t.

 But we do be afraid of the sea, and we do only be drownded now and again.’

‘The Aran Islands’ (1907)

Gulliver has a sister ship called Blossom, and Blossom set off on schedule on 4th May with Charlie Martell at the helm on his own North Pacific rowing bid. Martell is a double Guinness World Record holder whose latest challenge is to row solo and unsupported for 4,500 miles across the North Pacific to San Francisco, USA.  He’s raising funds for three charities:

  • Toe in the Water
  • Give Them a Sporting Chance
  • Operation Second Chance

… you can follow the link to find out more about those charities.

He also hopes to set new world records:

  • fastest crossing of the North Pacific Ocean
  • first unsupported row across the Pacific Ocean
  • first solo Briton

He clocked in with shore support on his second day out with the following news: “I’ve been on the para-anchor today but just deployed the drogue, because of the current conditions.Very happy with the route the current’s taken me today; the GPS line looks pretty good!  I’m tired; it was a long day yesterday, I knew I had to reach the current and it took a lot out of me.  I’m tired; I haven’t slept properly, I haven’t eaten properly, so tired both physically and emotionally.  The cabin’s hot, 30 degrees, but because of the sea state I’m having to stay inside.  It’s making me feel sick.  Yesterday I saw three whales: big, but they stayed well clear of Blossom.  I’ll send pictures as soon as the sea calms down and I can maintain a satellite data connection. Emotional here in a good way.”

Good luck Charlie and we’ll be following your progress with interest – and admiration.

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