Cross Channel Kayak

 

 

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Last year 2014 (summer) I repeatedly attempted a Cross Channel Sea Kayak Challenge. Unfortunately the weather had been unkind and with rough seas I had been waiting for the safety boat crew to give me the go ahead during calm waters.  I got a call in mid September and promptly left for the south coast. After a short night’s sleep I awoke in Dungeoness to a bank of fog which ultimately prevented the crossing.  Minimum requirements for visibility to cross the shipping lanes had not been met. We were hoping the fog would clear but it held fast and the safety crew called a no-go !   There may be other opportunities to try the crossing again before winter sets in so I’m hoping there will be a bright and calm spell before November. In the meantime, I’ll be getting back in the Kayak and the gym to undertake some training to keep me in shape.

I’ve been training along the North Wales Coast and it’s certainly a different experience from sailing. Powering a boat under your own steam requires great stamina and I’ve been building up my strength for the 26 mile crossing which will require a period of  calm weather so the exact date is not confirmed.   I will be re-attempting the crossing in May this year 2015, with a provisional date of the 18th .. weather depending 😉

Thanks to Go Kayaking North West for sponsoring the challenge with a state of the art carbon paddle !  www.go-kayaking.com

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I’ve been using a Garmin Virb Elite camera which I’ll use to help navigate &  record the journey.  To see how the camera functions with onscreen data,  check out my training video, edited by the guys at Garmin on my you tube channel.  www.youtube.com/mrpaulhardaker

I’m trying to raise awareness and money for Crohns & Colitis UK so if you’d like to sponsor this challenge, visit  JUST GIVING.com/Paul-Hardaker