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UK Circumnavigation - Notes

Further details of successful attempts of UK Mainland Circumnavigations.

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Notes: Circumnavigation: UK Mainland

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Paddlers:
R. Woollven
(+various)
 
Team: Team

1.

Start Point: Ilfracombe
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  1518
Start Date: 14-Apr-08
Finish Date: 09-Jun-12
Boats:  SKUK Explorer  Valley Etain    
Links:  Website    

Rowland first started his 3-stage attempt from Ilfracombe in Apr 2008 with Cath Tanner. Together they paddled 1527 nm only to call it a day at Aldeburgh in Suffolk; their attempt was, brought to a close by delays caused by poor weather. Cath set out in a SKUK Explorer LV and Rowland an Explorer HV. In 2011 Rowland returned to Aldeburgh, this time with Barry Bramley (and now a pair of Valley Etain 17.7s) - paddling from 12 May 11 to 11 Jun 11 the weather and the clock once again meant an early finish, this time at Portland Bill. But not one to be beaten, Rowland returned in 2012, this time with Barry & Wendy Bramley to finally complete the distance on 09 June 2012 - a total of 2118 nm and 224 'exped' days - a determined epic! Though Rowland counted 224 exped days, the total elapsed days was 1518 I believe - a true long term commitment!


 
Paddlers:
Phil Clegg
Barry Shaw
Harry Whelan
 
Team: Team

2.

Start Point: Anglesey
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  80
Start Date: 11-May-05
Finish Date: 29-Jul-05
Links:      

The 2005 GB Circumnavigation by Phil, Barry and Harry at 80 days stood as a landmark for a number of years as the shortest time taken for the distance. (Equalled in 2010 by solo paddler Marcus Demuth). Harry had to rest after a dislocated shoulder and then set out solo to catch the remainder of the team. Level 5 coach Phil has paddled a number of expeditions including Greenland and Madagascar and now runs a coaching business in North Wales - Sea Kayaking Anglesey. Barry has paddled in many venues across the world including circumnavigations of Corsica and New Zealand's south Island and recently made a succesful attempt to round La Isla Grande, Tierra del Fuego. He also holds the title for the most crossings of the Irish Sea (I think it currently stands at 9 times). Harry has paddled extensively around the coastlines of UK & Ireland. He has circumnavigated Ireland twice, latterly with Jeff Allen in a record 25 days. He works at an activity centre on the Thames where he trains paddling through central London. Harry has been heard to say that there is still plenty of sea paddling to do near to home before he needs to venture too far overseas.


 
Paddlers:
Peter Bray
Steve Macdonald
 
Team: Team

3.

Start Point: London
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  160
Start Date: 15-May-96
Finish Date: 21-Oct-96
Boats:  D+K_Trotter K2      
Links:  Sparks    

The 160 day circumnavigation by Peter Bray and Steve Macdonald was especially notable as Steve is registered blind, the first and I believe only partially sighted person to complete such a feat. They started out from London in May 1996 in a double kayak designed and built by Dan and Karen Trotter. As with many other expeditions they were dogged with bad weather, injury problems and even the odd capsize, still they competed the distance and raised over £60,000 for the SPARKS charity. Peter Bray is of course also known for his kayak crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, he also took part in the circumnavigation of South Georgia expedition.


 
Paddlers:
Maggie Annat
Dawn Moore
Jon Moore
 
Team: Team

4.

Start Point: Humber Bridge
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  172
Start Date: 15-Apr-84
Finish Date: 03-Oct-84
Links:      

Dawn and Jon Moore were joined by Maggie Annat, setting out from the Humber Bridge in April 1984. During their UK circumnavigation attempt the trio aimed to raise monies for the Outward Bound Trust and the RNLI. Jon later published an article in 'Canoeist' magazine; unsurprisingly he writes of the weather they experienced and the people they met, along with details of the day to day paddling. He closes the article so: 'Taking 5 1/2 months over the trip made it into a way of life; the achievement hasn't really sunk in. I wonder whether it ever will to me or whether achievement is all to do with other people's expectations and relative thoughts on one's success.' Thankyou to Stuart Fisher for copies of the article.


 
Paddlers:
Natalie Maderova
Michal Madera
 
Team: Team

5.

Start Point: Shadwell
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  120
Start Date: 01-Apr-12
Finish Date: 29-Jul-12
Boats:  Tiderace Xplore  Tiderace Xplore    
Links:  Blog    

Natalie and Michal are a husband and wife team (originally from the Czech Republic) who set out from Shadwell Basin, London on 1st April 2012. Though the journey started and finished at Shadwell, they actually completed the Circumnavigation at Gravesend after 120 days. Michal and Natalie also raised funds for two charitites along the way: Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre and Joshua's Journey. Natalie and Michal's blog 'HomeSeaHome' details their adventures.


 
Paddlers:
Geoff Cater
Andy Mullins
 
Team: Team

6.

Start Point: Portscatho
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  115
Start Date: 01-May-12
Finish Date: 23-Aug-12
Boats:  SKUK Explorer  SKUK Explorer    
Links:  Blog    

Geoff and Andy, paddling under the Midlife Kayak banner, set out from Portscatho in Cornwall in May 2012. They slept outdoors for most of their trip - braving the Great British Summer of 2012 and 115 days later returned having raised over £6000 for various charities.


 
Paddlers:
Katie Ellis
Lee Taylor
 
Team: Team

7.

Start Point: Falmouth
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  128
Start Date: 04-Apr-15
Finish Date: 09-Aug-15
Boats:  Rockpool Taran 16  Rockpool Taran    
Links:  K's Blog  L's Blog  




 
Paddlers:
Rachel Cooper
Rob Tew
 
Team: Team

8.

Start Point: Brixham
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  128
Start Date: 06-Apr-13
Finish Date: 11-Aug-13
Boats:  Rockpool Taran  Rockpool Taran    
Links:  Blog  FB  

Rachel and Rob set out from Brixham, Devon in April 2013. They planned to paddle unsupported and self-sufficient, with an aim to complete the trip in 4 – 5 months. They did - completing in 4 months. The first paddlers to finish in 2013. Rachel and Rob are raised money for the charities SWAN UK and MacMillan Cancer Support during their trip.


 
Paddlers:
Craig Leslie
Stuart Leslie
Lee Wilson
 
Team: Team

9.

Start Point: Newbiggin By The Sea
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  96
Start Date: 26-May-12
Finish Date: 29-Aug-12
Links:  Blog  FB  

The 'With Land On Our Left' guys launched from Newbiggin-By-The-Sea in Northumberland at the end of May 2012. Leaving the beach they turned left and paddled around the UK mainland in an anti-clockwise direction - the first to have paddled the circumnavigation in this direction I believe. They returned to Newbiggin on the 28th August after 96 days away. They chose to raise funds for 3 charities along the way: Keyfund, Children's Heart Unit Fund and Kidney Research UK.


 
Paddlers:
Paul Caffyn
Nigel Dennis
 
Team: Team

10.

Start Point: Holyhead
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  85
Start Date: 05-May-80
Finish Date: 28-Jul-80
Links:      

The 1980 circumnavigation by Paul Caffyn and Nigel Dennis is regarded as the first successful kayak navigation of the UK Mainland. They started in Holyhead, paddling Nordkapp HM kayaks. The trip took 85 days: 68 paddling days, 15 weatherbound days and 2 rest days. Mileage: 2305 miles All-up avg: 27.1 mpd, paddling day avg: 33.9 mpd Nigel points out that they set themselves a number of rules before they started out: A non-stop attempt - No major breaks, No portages, No canals, and, to start each leg where the previous leg finished. Both Paul and Nigel are known world-wide within the sea kayaking community. Paul has also circumnavigated the North and South Island of New Zealand, Japan, Australia and paddled the Alaskan coastline. He has written numerous books about his adventures. Amongst Nigel's many expeditions he has crossed the Straits of Gibraltar, rounded Cape Horn, circumnavigated the remote Easter Island and the icy coastline of St Georgia. He is also known as the man behind the successful range of SKUK kayaks, a successful coaching business and the annual Anglesey Sea Kayak Symposium.


 
Paddlers:
Stuart Trueman
 
Team: K1M

11.

Start Point: Cleethorpes
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  83
Start Date: 25-Apr-15
Finish Date: 16-Jul-15
Boats:  Tiderace Pace 17 Tour      
Links:  FB    

Stuart has a pedigree as an expedition paddler with previous circumnavigations of both Australia and Tasmania under his belt.


 
Paddlers:
Marcus Demuth
 
Team: K1M

12.

Start Point: Skegness
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  80
Start Date: 07-May-10
Finish Date: 25-Jul-10
Boats:  Valley Nordkapp      
Links:  Website    

Marcus managed to paddle his Valley Nordkapp around the UK mainland in 80 days, equalling the previous record set by Clegg, Shaw and Whelan in 2005 - at the time this set a new record for a solo attempt. His 80 days trip included 14 non-paddling days, though he blames the weather for not co-operating on 79 days in total! Marcus is an accomplished expedition paddler with trips such as circumnavigations of Ireland and the Falkland Islands under his belt along with trips in Iceland, Australia, Chile, Canada and a storm bound time in Tierra Del Fuego. Marcus also has a background as Rock 'n' Roll drummer - a fact you may appreciate if you speak with him for any length of time.


 
Paddlers:
James Bonnell
 
Team: K1M

13.

Start Point: Falmouth
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  138
Start Date: 20-Apr-10
Finish Date: 04-Sep-10
Boats:  P+H Cetus      
Links:      

James was the first to complete the UK Circumnavigation since Clegg, Shaw and Whelan in 2005. James competed the trip in 138 days, with 82 paddling days and a significant number of off the water days - 56. He was delayed by the inevitable weather, injury and even by having his kayak and equipment stolen. James was also accompanied by a shore support van until the driver withdrew in NW Scotland. James started the trip with Joe Andrews but Joe withdrew from the trip in June. James raised well over £10,000 split between two charities - WaterAid and the NACC (National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease).


 
Paddlers:
Stuart Fisher
 
Team: K1M

14.

Start Point: ?
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  15 yrs?
Start Date: 1988?
Finish Date: 2003?
Boats:  ?      
Links:      

I believe that Stuart set out to paddle as much of the UK coastline as possible and so claims the longest circumnavigation in terms of mileage; Stuart also says: 'I believe I can claim to have enjoyed it more than anyone else has'. He started his journey in 1988 with an aim to complete the distance solo, I'll let Stuart complete the story - 'I did part of the Somerset coast in a double and I crossed the Forth with my colleague Andy Morton but later went back and did them both solo for my own satisfaction. I started in 1988 and finished in 2003, the two revisits being done a couple of years later.' He later wrote 'Inshore Britain' using the information gleaned during his extensive journey.


 
Paddlers:
John Willacy
 
Team: K1M

15.

Start Point: Anglesey
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  72
Start Date: 13-Apr-12
Finish Date: 23-Jun-12
Boats:  Rockpool Taran      
Links:  Blog    

John completed his solo circumnavigation in June 2012 after 72 days away, the first time the 80 day barrier had been broken. John's attempt was unusual in that he paddled a kayak he designed himself, the Rockpool Taran. At 72 days, 1770 nm and 875,000 paddle strokes (approx!) unsurprisingly this was John's longest trip yet. John also holds a number of sea kayaking records.


 
Paddlers:
Martin Lee
 
Team: K1M

16.

Start Point: Greenwich
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  97
Start Date: 01-Apr-12
Finish Date: 06-Jul-12
Boats:  SKUK Explorer      
Links:  Website    

Martin set out on 1st April from Greenwich with an aim to complete ' 100 marathons in 100 days'. Along the way Martin raised funds for the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society (NRAS).


 
Paddlers:
John Willacy
 
Team: K1M

17.

Start Point: Stackpole
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  83
Start Date: 21-May-15
Finish Date: 11-Aug-15
Boats:  Rockpool Taran      
Links:  Blog    

This is John's second circumnavigation of the UK, he also completed a clockwise circumnavigation in 2012.


 
Paddlers:
Guy Slater
 
Team: K1M

18.

Start Point: Cambridge
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  204
Start Date: 03-Mar-13
Finish Date: 22-Sep-13
Boats:  Rockpool Taran      
Links:  Blog    

An unusual planned starting point for Guy, setting out from Cambridge. From Guy: "Yes, I live in Cambridge - so for the first (and last) couple of days, I'll be paddling on the rivers Cam and Great Ouse, coming out in The Wash at King's Lynn. I'm not planning on using waterways apart from that." Guy raised funds for Force Canver Charity and RNLI along the way.


 
Paddlers:
Joe Leach
 
Team: K1M

19.

Start Point: Falmouth
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  67
Start Date: 02-May-12
Finish Date: 07-Jul-12
Boats:  Rockpool Taran      
Links:  Blog    

Joe hails originally from the Isle of Man but now paddles out of Falmouth. He is an experienced sea paddler who is also handy in a polo boat. Joe laid his cards on the table from the start, vocal in his aim to set a new record. Good to his word, Joe has now raised the bar to an impressive 67 days for the UK mainland circumnavigation - quite an achievement.


 
Paddlers:
Rob McLaughlin
 
Team: K1M

20.

Start Point: London
Finish Point: 
Distance: 
Elapsed Time:  143
Start Date: 15-Apr-83
Finish Date: 04-Sep-83
Boats:  Valley Nordkapp      
Links:      

UV. From Rob: "Did solo circ from county hall London. 15 April 1983 to 4th September 1983. Round the lot, no canals, unsupported apart from several parcel pick ups from post offices along the way. North Foreland , Lands End, Mull O Galloway, Cape Wrath, Duncansby Head, then down the East coast. Sorry no gps available then. Widely reported in media. Finish reported in The Times Newspaper. Previous to that a chap from South Shields Dave Summers had paddled round a couple of years earlier. Kayak was Nordkapp from Frank at Valley Canoes. Pete Salisbury used to publish The Intenational Long River Canoe Club. Aimed at long distance paddlers throughout the world. He published a regular new sheet showing my progress with extracts from my log. Nigel Dennis kindly put me up in his light house on Anglessy on the way. He had also paddled round with his friend a couple of years earlier."



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Circumnavigation: UK Mainland
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