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About colonelorbit

A husband, a father, an Environmental Scientist and a Kayaker - not necessarily in that order!

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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Isle of Wight circumnavigation, in 18hours

What a fantastic trip a day of firsts and extremes, but I got round in one piece with no major dramas. The plan was to paddle solo around the Isle of Wight in about 13-14 hours, using the tide stream … Continue reading

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Just about ready for tomorrow’s marathon trip

Am just about all set for tomorrow’s marathon trip – weather forecast is good (if a little blowy in the afternoon), kit’s all sorted, radio and mobiles are charged, maps marked with hazards and stops. I head down to Milford … Continue reading

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All set for the challenge day on the 8th, hoping for better weather than at the moment!

Finally got all of my equipment together for the big challenge day on the 8th July. Got a shiny new VHF radio, a little strobe light for my BA and a new dry bag to go on the deck to … Continue reading

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First sea kayak challenge planned for 8th July – Isle of Wight in one day

My first sea kayaking challenge is planned for 3-weeks time, on the 8th July. The plan is to kayak around the Isle of Wight, from Hurst Castle in 12-15 hours. This will be weather permitting, as I don’t plan an … Continue reading

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Beautiful training trip – Budleigh Salterton to Beer and back, 40km

Longest strength training trip to date, just shy of 40km, had to cut short due to a slightly late start! Beautiful trip, stunning scenery, crystal clear sea and no wind on the way out. Trying to increase my distance to … Continue reading

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Pre-breakfast solo training paddle – 30km, Minehead to St. Audries and back

Another nice training paddle, this time increasing the distance to 30km, in preparation for my challenges of Lundy or Isle of Wight. Got an early start, on the water at 5.45 to get 2+ hours before high water forced a … Continue reading

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A little blast on my birthday – 18km to the pub!

11th May – Blue Anchor to Porlock Weir A little solo pace training paddle from Blue Anchor to Porlock Weir. 18km chase to a pint of cider. Great peaceful solo paddle along my stretch of the Bristol Channel. Started at … Continue reading

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A club paddle from Combe Martin, rock-hopping and playing in the tide race

24th April – Combe Martin to Ilfracombe and back, with Exmoor Canoe Club A good little paddle with members of ECC, a beautiful day and lovely to get out with good friends. Got in some more Rock-hopping, had a first … Continue reading

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