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A few ideas for the next mad challenge!

It’s been a while since my last blog entry in September, the Poole Harbour race was unfortunately cancelled due to high winds, with the organisers worried about the safety. Everyone was very disappointed to miss this year’s race, but are looking … Continue reading

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New boat and the next Challenge – Poole Harbour Race

Got my new sea kayak in July, a lovely Mega Viking, is longer, sleeker and faster than my last one, so after some good test paddles in the surf of Pembrokeshire and North Devon and playing around Combe Martin I … Continue reading

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Open crossing to Steep Holm completed

The weather was kind and the visibility OK and I managed to complete the open crossing to Steep Holm this morning. Got down to Lilstock beach just after dawn and after a safety chat to the Coastguard set off on … Continue reading

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Last challenge coming up – an open crossing to Flat Holms

So a little over a year after I took up sea kayaking I am hoping to complete my last challenge of a committing open crossing. Next Sunday, weather permitting, I hope to complete the paddle from a beach near me … Continue reading

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Cornwall to Watchet – GPS route specs

Downloaded the GPS routes of my trip from my Suunto GPS Trackpod – you can check these links for speed and distance specs – it’s interesting to see the different speeds at the open water and headlands. Day-1 Widemouth, Bude … Continue reading

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Cornwall to Watchet expedition, days 3-4

Day -3 The wind and the sound of the sea woke me up by 6, although I had to wait 5 hours for the tide to be at the Low Water starting point. Once I’d packed the bags and hauled … Continue reading

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Cornwall to Watchet expedition , Day-2

It was a calm morning, extracted the slugs from my equipment, the sun was shining, there was a little wind and what looked like only small swell. The Bivvy set up had stood up well and Mouthmills was a fantastic spot … Continue reading

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Cornwall to Watchet – a solo 4-day expedition

PREPARATION What a great trip, weeks of planning every detail of the mini-expedition, then within a few days of starting the weather forecast changed to be massive surf and strong winds on the first two days. As this was also … Continue reading

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Bad forecast sea conditions forces change of plan

After much lost sleep and soul searching I’ve decided to postpone and shorten next week’s expedition due to some pretty sever sea conditions. There is some very big surf and strong winds forecast for Monday and pretty rough conditions on … Continue reading

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After some time off, getting ready for the next challenge – Lands End to Watchet, in 10 days time!

After a good summer break, am just putting the last things in place before my next fund raising challenge, to paddle unsupported and (mostly solo) from Lands End to Watchet (my home port). The plan is to complete this long … Continue reading

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