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Progress Updates 21 Oct 17


2017

Title Paddler(s) Start Date Location   Link

14.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Retired: 03 Sep 17 -- 18 days in.
David Horkan 17-Aug-17 Ballycastle map fb

13.

Ireland Circumnavigation - 'Solo Kayak Around Ireland'

Believed Retired: 15 Aug 17 -- 17 days in.
Ger O'Reilly 30-Jul-17 Howth fb 
Abandoned 15-Aug-17??

From Solo Kayak Around Ireland fb page: "Trip has now been spilt into sections and will continue as the weather allows. Weather is playing with the progress but Im having an amazing time. Record attempt hasn't been achievable since the first week of strong winds but i pushed on anyway. Haven only paddled 9 of the 16 days so far I've done pretty well to get to West Cork against everything that was in my way.Plan B will kick into place for a record attempt early next Spring but watch this space for updates and reports from the next part of this amazing trip.."

12.

Ireland Circumnavigation - 'Around Ireland 2017'

Complete: 26 Aug 17 -- 34 days.
Jonny Eldridge 24-Jul-17? Bulloch Harbour Map fb


From Jonny's Blog: "This summer I will embark upon a journey that I have been dreaming of making for many years. A kayak circumnavigation of Ireland! Paddling solo and self-supported and with an emphasis on a performance approach to sea kayaking, I aim to complete the circumnavigation within 5 weeks."

11.

Ireland Circumnav - 'Teddies on Tour'

Retired: 26 Aug 17 -- 44 days in.
Frida Halvorsen
Vibeke Steinvåg
Ashley Williams
14-Jul-17? Dun Laoghaire? Facebook Donate
Vibeke Steinvåg retired 29-July - Frida and Ashley retired 26-Aug-17 in Galway

From the Donation page: "Two friends and I set off this summer to kayak the 1600km coastline around Ireland. We are raising money for a children's cancer charity called 'Barnekreftforeningen.' The charity is run by parents of children with cancer or have had cancer to share support to other families. They also focus on fighting cancer by supporting resurch and education. We are relying on people's help and generosity to make our trip possible. Thankfully a few companies have help us with various discounts and contributions but we still need to raise a great deal of funding to make this trip possible. The trip will take us six weeks minimum so being out of work for a few weeks will also make things a little tight. "

10.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Completion Details Unknown
Claire Hughes
Barry Shaw
01-Jul-17  

9.

Ireland Circumnavigation - 'Ireland 360'

Complete: 25 Jul 17 -- 51 days.
Nick Blowfield
Eoin FitzGibbon
Lee Taylor
Gudni Pall Viktorsson
25-Jul-17 Garretstown Beach, Kinsale?? Spot facebook Lee
Believed completed 25 Jul 17 Eoin and Lee - 51 days(tbc)

Nick retires 26-Jun xxx Gudni Pall retires 10-Julyxxx Update from Lee Taylor Facebook 26-Jun-17: "It's with great sadness I have to report Nick Blowfield will no longer be paddling with us. A shoulder injury has been giving him substantial pain and has been giving us worry. Nick and I met on my UK circumnavigation and have been good friends ever since. The plan for this paddle was born then. 2 years in the planning only to be brought down with a bump. xxx The rest of the team will continue but this will be a heavy day especially as Nick was the designated tide planner and a great guy."

8.

UK Circumnavigation - 'Around Britain kayak challenge 2017'

Retired: 29 Jun 17 -- 25 days in.
Andy Swainston 05-Jun-17 Whitby facebook Blog
Update from Facebook: "Well folks I am writing this with a very heavy heart indeed. The challenge is over for me. I am just totally done in both mentally and physically. Went on the water today wind in face constant battering by the sea. I just seem to have had no luck this challenge and it has now taken it toll on me. I give it my best shot and more but it just wasn't enough.xxx I'm sorry to you all. You have all being such great supporters of this challenge and l have met some amazing people who I hope will remain good friends. Certain people had total faith in me to do this challenge and pushed me on from behind the scenes. To you I'm more sorry than you could ever imagine. I feel like I have let you down so much.xxx Sorry folks the weather finally broke me

From Andy's Blog: "Hello, My name is Andy Swainston. I have set up this website and blog to raise awareness of PTSD within the emergency services, armed forces, members of the public, which can include carers or loved ones. One of the ways i’m going to do this is by kayaking around mainland Britain in June 2017."

7.

Ireland Circumnav - 'See The Light'

Complete: 04 Jul 17 -- 59 days.
Julian Haines 07-May-17 Bulloch Harbour, Dublin Website 
Completed 04-Jul-17

From the See The Light website: “Here’s what I’m planning to do. I’m going to load up my kayak and start paddling south from Bullock Harbour, Dublin, on 7th May 2017, weather permitting. According to the road atlas (and other trip reports) it’s about a 1,500km journey to paddle all the way around Ireland, 1,535km according to my piece of string. It depends a bit on where one paddles, but this assumes I cut across most of the bays and take the short route wherever possible.I don’t know exactly how long it’s going to take me, because it depends on a lot of factors, but others have done it in between 23 and 97 days. There’s a list of most who’ve done it, some of whom I know and have paddled with. This is not a record attempt, but I’m no slouch either, so all things considered I think it’s going to take me between 39 and 51 days elapsed. That works out at an average of between 35 and 45km on paddling days, assuming I paddle 6 days/week. All sounds plausible, but uncertain. It’s a bit rough and ready, but that’s the way it has to be right now.“

6.

Ireland Circumnav - 'onegirlandherkayak'

Retired: 28 Jun 17 -- 58 days in.
Caoimhe Connor 02-May-17 Facebook Website
From Caoimhe's facebook page 28-Jun-17: "Day 57 - With a heavy heart I have had to resume my around Ireland trip in Achill - such a beautiful place to finish! I have to go back to work in Wales, and next week I'll be bringing some youngsters to Malaysia for a challenge of their own - so I really need to get my head into gear for that. It's been a difficult decision as to when to stop. My challenge has been an amazing experience so far and I will be back to finish it but bad weather and time has got the better of me. Hopefully if work and commitments allow at the end of August/September. I have so many emotions at the minute, and I can't really believe that today I am not be getting back on the water with Séarlas. We've had some great and hard times!! I will write a blog about the end of Part 1 soon but until then... I cannot thank you all enough for the positivity, support and encouragement! The money we've raised has been unbelievable... it's just class! And although it has temporarily ended I promise to finish the trip for my charity - Inspire!"

From the onegirlandherkayak website: “Caoimhe's website is here to Blog and document the struggles and training for her trip to solo the Island of Ireland that is due to take place at end May/June 2017. She hopes to Circumnavigate with as little support as possible - a daunting yet exciting adventure for a young female in Outdoors. She will also be raising money for a Mental Health Charity - more details to follow. Caoimhe will also be updating the website throughout my trip!! Keep up to date on Caoimhe's fears, excitement and definitley some comical incidents.“

5.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Complete: 10 Jul 17 -- 71 days.
Michael O'Farrell 01-May-17 Bulloch Harbour, Dublin Twitter FB
Completed 10-Jul-17 CCW -- From Michael:"Solo circumnavigation with a pause of 16 days off to take (pre-booked holidays in Portugal). Evidence of GPS tracking posted on FB."

From Michael: " A solo anti-clockwise circumnavigation of Ireland. Start at Dublin heading north and continue until I return to Dublin. Circumnavigation to raise funds for Pieta House, a suicide prevention charity, and the RNLI. "

4.

UK Circumnavigation - 'Canoeing Around Britain'

Complete: 24 Jul 17 -- 86 days.
Davis Gould-Duff
Colin Skeath
30-Jul-24 Loch Sunart Spot fb
Completed 24th July 17 - 86 days(tbc)

From the canoearoundbritain website: “People have been circumnavigating Britain in Sea Kayaks fairly regularly since 1980 and possibly even before. People have also been canoeing on the sea for many years – in the UK and around the world. Until now, no-one has taken an open canoe around Britain… Colin and Davis are hoping to complete this challenge in between 3 and 5 months covering around 2,500 miles. However, if it takes longer, so be it.“

3.

Roof of Britain - Coastal Spirit

Complete: 11 May 17 -- 27 days.
Roger Chandler
Alan Riggott
Craig Young
Gerry ?
15-Apr-2017 Facebook Blog
Completed 11th May 17 - 27 days

Commercial trip led by Level 5 Coach Roger Chandler: "On the 15th April 2017 we begin our journey to paddle around the 'Roof of Britain' (RoB) a journey of 400 nm and with some of Britain's most exciting, committing and beautiful coastline. Basically its the top half of mainland Scotland, involving Cape Wrath and the Pentland Firth. "

2.

Ireland Circumnav - 'Anti Clockwise Eire'

Complete: 24 May 17 -- 46 days.
Gavin Lewis
Tavi Murray
Elan Winter
09-Apr-17 Baltimore Hbr Facebook SPOT
Completed 24 May 17 (Elan and Tavi) - 46 days

From the Facebook page: "Gavin, Elan, and Tavi are looking to kayak around Ireland in April and May 2017. They are planning on paddling around anti-clockwise, and at time of writing may be the first people to complete it in this direction. Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It's the second largest island of the British Isles, the third largest in Europe, and the twentieth largest on Earth. The entire coastline of Ireland measures 3,171 kilometers. That includes every little bay & inlet. To Kayak around Ireland, you need to commit to many open crossings, the longest being Donegal Bay at 50 plus kilometers. It's thought that most paddlers who completed the journey clockwise cover a distance of about 1200 to 1500 kilometers.xxx The three of us are working together as a team to complete this challenge, but we are all also completing this challenge for personal reasons. Each of us has our own charities to raise money and awareness for."

1.

UK Coast 2 Coast

Pending...
Mark Horne Jul-17 Portishead  
Mark is aiming to paddle a coast to coast route - starting at Porthishead nr. Bristol and finishing at Southend Pier, setting out in July 2017.


2016

Title Paddler(s) Start Date Location   Link

4.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Complete: 14 Aug 16 -- 43 days.
Freya Hoffmeister 03-Jul-16  
Freya needs little introduction as an expedition sea kayaker, take a look at her website for the details of her long list of major expeditions.

Freya completed her circumnavigation on 14th August - 43 days.

3.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Complete: 16 Aug 16 -- 53 days.
Niamh Grimmer 25-Jun-16 Blog 
Believed Niamh completed on 16th August - 53 days

2.

UK Coast to Coast

Believed Complete.
Steve Davis
Chris Harle
2016 Blog 
Completed in 2016 - 9 days

1.

UK Circumnavigation

Believed Retired.
Ailien Rhijnsburger 10-Jun-16 Start: London Blog 
From Ailien's website: “I decided it is about time I got back in a kayak and exchange my conversations with the squirrels for conversations with the seals. It is also time to see all those bits of the UK coastline I never had time or money for to see. So I am going on a 2.5 month celebratory trip!” The plan: From 8 June, I intend to get into my brand new kayak and keep paddling clockwise around the country until mid August. It is probably not going to be a full circumnavigation, as I’d like to take my time to explore, meet people and have fun, so we will see how far I get. My goals: 1) explore this beautiful country that has been my home for the past 10 years. 2) meet up and spend time with fellow paddlers, nordic walkers and nature lovers or generally nice people, 3) learn more about the natural environment and wildlife 4) raise awareness and money for the Marine Conservation Society“

Believed abandoned in 2016.


2015

Title Paddler(s) Start Date Location   Link

10.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Complete: 25 Sep 15 -- 34 days.
Dan McGonigle
Steve Miles
23-Aug-15 Ireland Coastline  
Dan and Steve completed 0n 25th September - 34 days

Dan and Steve are planning to set off from Dun Laoghaire on the 23rd of August to attempt the Circumnav of Ireland. From Dan:" We are in (SKUK)Explorers and are just trying to get a quick time. " Sounds good to me.

9.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Complete: 03 Jul 15 -- 23 days.
Mick O'Meara 11-Jun-15 Ireland Coastline  
Mick completed on 3rd July - 23 days

Mich has previously completed the Irish Circumnavigation back in 1990 as a part of a team. This time he sets out solo, aiming for the record?

8.

The Flying Northman

Believed Complete.
Hendrik Lepel June-15 Southern Ireland to Northern Germany  
Believed completed.

Hendrik intends to paddle/sail from his home in Ireland to his home town on the North German coastline - KinSale to HanseSail.

7.

UK Circumnavigation

Complete: 11 Aug 15 -- 83 days.
John Willacy 21-May-15 U.K. Coastline  
John completed on 11th August - 83 days

John set out on his 2nd UK Circumnavigation in May - this time from Pembrokeshire, heading counter-clockwise.

6.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Complete: 21 Jun 15 -- 34 days.
Joe Leach 19-May-15 Ireland Coastline  
Joe completed on 21st June - 34 days



5.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Believed Retired.
George Shaw
Keirron Tastagh
15-May-15 Ireland Coastline  
George and Keirron Abandoned from their attempt at the end of May due to weather delays.

George and Keirron are based on the Isle of Man and started their Ireland Circumnavigation attempt with a crossing from the I.O.M. Keirron owns 'Adventurous Experiences' on the I.O.M. George holds the circumnavigation record for the I.O.M. and is a Senior Coach at Adventurous Experiences.

4.

Ireland Circumnavigation

Complete: 25 Jun 15 -- 54 days.
Christian Dingenotto
Mirco Goldhausen
03-May-15 Ireland Coastline  
Christian and Mirco completed 25th June - 54 days

Christain and Mirco are (I believe) a pair of sea kayakers from Germany. No details

3.

UK Circumnavigation

Complete: 16 Jul 15 -- 83 days.
Stuart Trueman 25-Apr-15 U.K. Coastline  
Stuart completed 16th July - 83 days

From Stuart: "I will be starting on the East coast on Saturday, around Grimsby. Then heading south in a Tiderace Pace 17. I have a flight back to Oz at the end of July so I'm hoping to be finished in time to catch the plane. I don't really have much of a plan beyond that. Hope to see some great coast, meet some people and 'experience' GB."

2.

Paddling adventures

Complete: 09 Aug 15 -- 128 days.
Katie Ellis
Lee Taylor
04-Apr-15 U.K. Coastline  Lee Blog
Katie and Lee completed on 9th August - 128 days

Katie Ellis and Lee Taylor plan to set out on the 4th April 2015 with an aim to paddle a circumnavigation of the UK Mainland.

1.

Right Round Scotland

Believed Retired.
Zoe Newsam 26-Mar-15 Scotland Circumnav  
From Zoe - 'I completed the last bit of my trip round Scotland on New Year's Day- albeit in unconventional style as far as PSK is concerned- by bike. Basically, pragmatism kicked in and I realised that if I was to fit the miles in by the end of 2015, weather and time meant that paddling wasn't going to work- so I cycled the final 570km across the north coast from Scourie to Wick, and down the east coast from Aberdeen to Berwick. Not a conventional circumnavigation by an stretch of the imagination, but then, what is...'

Zoe Newsam set out in March to circumnavigate Scotland. Initially, she started on foot by walking from Berwick on the east coast to Annan on the west. She's now paddling clockwise around Scotland's coastline to return to Berwick. You can follow Zoe's progress on her blog.


2014

Title Paddler(s) Start Date Location   Link

8.

Paddling Solo Around The South

Believed Retired.
Simon Luck Aug-14 South Coast UK  
**Update: 06/09/14 From Simon's Blog: "Waking to rain after a night sleeping beneath a flight path. I muttered and grumbled and went back to sleep for a couple of hours having decided that today I would make Bristol and close this chapter until an appropriate time in the future,...I'm glad I reached Bristol and I'm glad I made it in the fashion that I did. The last 2 days were tough, but ultimately really quite cool..... 850 miles seems daft now but it wouldnt have under different circumstances life nor weather nor oceans travel in straight lines on occasion you gotta go with the flow."

Simon plans to start the trip in Falmouth and heading west to round Land's End and then onwards up to Bristol. From there he will paddle along the Avon and Kennet canal, via Bath, Devises and Reading until he joins the River Thames. He will stay on the Thames until the Kent coast where he'll turn right and makes his away along the coast to return to Falmouth.

7.

How About Alderney?

Complete: 14 Jul 14 -- 2 days.
Chris Buckton
Mike Harding
Barry Robson
Ian Smith
Mike Stroud
Jun/Aug-14 Swanage - Alderney  
** Update: The Team completed the crossing on 22/07/14 - 77 miles in 19hrs 21 mins **

An ambitous attempt to take a team of 5 across from Dorset to the Isle of Alderney - a crossing of 50+ nm. The route will obviously cross a rather busy shipping channel before encountering significant tidal flows towards the latter stages. The team are paddling ocean-skis.

6.

The Great Paddle Round

Believed Retired.
Richard Hunt Jun-14 UK Coastline  
** Update: Richard set out at the end of April. However, from Richard's Blog 29/05/14 - "It is with great regret that I have to inform you all that I have been unable to secure a shore support team that will enable me to continue and therefore have had to postpone the challenge for this year. Even if I get a team together this week I am over 500 miles behind where I should be and it would be difficult to complete in the time that remains." He aims to return in 2015.

Richard intends to become the first above knee amputee to successfully circumnavigate the UK - a distance of approximately 2300 miles - using a Tootega expedition grade sit-on-top kayak. This will be a solo undertaking with the back up of a shore crew. At various points during the journey kayakers will be invited to join Richard by 'buying a leg', ie. getting themselves sponsored, and thus become part of the challenge. The journey is expected to take around 4 months, depending on the weather. However long it takes Richard is determined to succeed and complete the challenge.

5.

The Normandy Klepper Challenge

Complete: 20 Jun 14 -- 17 days.
May-14 Poole Harbour to Arromanche-Les-Bains  
**Update: 20/06/14 From the website: "Completed at 7:55am UK time on the 20 June! We are extremely proud of and thankful to all those who took part, or have contributed in any way to the success of this crossing. We are also extremely thankful to all those many hundreds of well wishers and supporters and to our families, who have urged the team on, or have contributed to the great amount of money we have raised for our 6 charities. A total amount is likely to exceed £20,000." **UPDATE: 18/06/14 The Team are preparing for another go over the coming days. 04/06/14 From the Team's Facebook Page: "Thanks to everyone for all of the support. After a good start and after completing 25km, this attempt had to be aborted due to weather conditions, which increased the acceptable risk to the team. A second attempt will of course be made in the future; details of that and further information on this attempt will be posted on the website." **

From the website: "A small team of 6 men will set off from England in 3 x 2 man canoes and will paddle their canoes out from Portland England, across the English Channel to France. After covering a total distance of around 200km and possibly enduring up to 40 hours at sea, they plan to arrive at a beach in Normandy on the 6th of June." - "This year marks the 70th anniversary of a major military operation (D-Day June 1944) in Normandy France, which is popularly believed to have been the beginning of the end of the war in Europe. The aim of this challenge is to pay respect to the thousands of men who sailed from England for the benefit of future generations in Europe and to raise money for 6 worthy charities."

4.

1664 Challenge Kayak Team

Complete: 22 May 14 -- 2 days.
Royal Marines
/ Royal Navy Team of 10
21-May-14 Normandy - Portsmouth  
**UPDATE: The 1664 Challenge Team completed the crossing successfully on 22nd May 2014 **

On 21 May 2014 the 1664 Challenge Kayak Team will paddle from Port-en-Bessin in Normandy to Eastney, Portsmouth. The 1664 Challenge is a fundraising event that demonstrates the epitome of Commando Spirit and will be part of a wide ranging celebration of the 350th anniversary of the formation of Her Majesty's Royal Marines. All proceeds will go to the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund who provide crucial support that directly enhances the lives of injured comrades.

3.

Beeline Britain

Complete: 13 Jun 14 -- 27 days.
Nick Beighton
Adam Harmer
Tori James
Ian O'Grady
18-May-14 Land's End - John O'Groats  
**UPDATE: 13/06/14 The Beeline Team reached John O'Groats today, completing their journey. **

Starting at Sennen Cove, the Beeline Britain Team will attempt to complete a straight-line journey from one end of Britain to the other. This unique expedition has never been attempted before and is an ambitous take on the iconic UK challenge. The route will travel through some of the challenging coastal, mountain and urban environments that the UK has to offer.

2.

Back to Blighty

Believed Retired.
Barry Ashdown
David Chalstrey
Mark Rainsley
May-14 Cherbourg to Swanage  
Update: ** The Team set out on 22/07/14 but unfortunately they had to call it a day after 11 hrs of paddling due to illness within the team and poor weather. **

This team aim to cross the wide part of the English Channel, from Cherbourg back home to Dorset. They will need to dodge plenty of shipping and possibly French Bureaucracy along the way! David is raising funds for Dorset Youth Association and Barry for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. Mark is well known in the UK paddling world as an author of various paddling guidebooks and also as the driving force behind the UK Rivers paddling forum.

1.

Circumnavigation of Ireland - Eat, Sleep, Paddle

Believed Retired.
Paul Lazenby-Barrett
Rhys Hunt
01-Apr-14 Irish Coastline  
** Update: From the ESP FB page 11/04/14 - "After a total re evaluation of the trip it is with much regret that myself and Rhys have decided to stop the expedition. Eight days of initial high winds combined with some serious equipment issues make it the right decision. It has been a massive learning experience and we will be re attempting the circumnavigation together again in the not so distant future."

Paul Barret and Rhys Hunt intend to circumnavigate the coastline of Ireland and Northern Ireland. This is a challenging trip with the West Coast being fully exposed to the swells of the North Atlantic.


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