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UK Circumnavigation - Notes: UK + Ireland

For some the challenge of the circumnavigation of the UK mainland is not quite enough, adding the Irish coastline to the journey lifts that challenge to a new level. Further details of successful attempts of circumnavigations of the UK Mainland + Ireland.

Notes: Circumnavigation: UK + Ireland

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Andy Morton
Jane Morton
Team: K2


Start Point: Plymouth
Finish Point: 
Elapsed Time:  143
Start Date: 06-Apr-13
Finish Date: 26-Aug-13
Boats:  Valley Aleut II      
Links:  Website  FB  

Jane and Andy may not be the first married couple to undertake the UK Circumnavigation but I believe they are the first persons to complete it in a double (and the first for nearly a decade to complete this route at all). They set out from Bere Ferres Quay near Plymouth in April, and included Ireland in there for good measure as they went on to tick the whole thing off in an impressive 143 days! From Jane: +"Of the 143 days, 99 of were on the water - mainly due to those first two awfully windy months. 5 days in total taken up with boat repairs on otherwise paddleable days. We never set out to do the trip in the fastest time possible and had we done so I think this year we could have been very quick indeed - probably up to 1 month quicker had we really pushed it. We took our time and rested when sensible e.g. very windy days mainly and took in the wonderful coastline and took care of ourselves, not getting off the water ridiculously late. Mostly on the water by 8am each morning."

Richard Elliot
Bill Taylor
Mick Wibrew
Team: Team


Start Point: Gillingham
Finish Point: 
Elapsed Time:  157
Start Date: 19-Apr-86
Finish Date: 22-Sep-86
Boats:  Nordkapp  Nordkapp?  Nordkapp?  

Bill Taylor's book 'Commitment and Open Crossings' tells the tale of their 1986 adventures. An interesting read throughout but the final sections dealing with settling back into day to day life and the long term consequences of their trip will no doubt linger with the sea kayaking reader.

Sean Morley
Team: K1M


Start Point: Falmouth
Finish Point: 
Elapsed Time:  169
Start Date: 03-Apr-04
Finish Date: 18-Sep-04
Boats:  Kirton C-Trek      
Links:  Website    

Sean has completed many challenging trips and expeditions, including record setting Irish Sea Crossings, the Roof of Britain route and the circumnavigation of Vancouver Island. But in the UK it is his solo trip around the UK & Ireland that sets him apart. Sean's trip was different in that he took in all the outlying UK islands (excluding the Channel Islands) on his way, including such wayward landfall as St. Kilda and the Shetlands. Total distance - around 4500 miles! A route that it still to be repeated...

Fiona Whitehead
Team: K1W


Start Point: Portsmouth
Finish Point: 
Elapsed Time:  140
Start Date: 09-Apr-04
Finish Date: 26-Aug-04
Boats:  SKUK Greenlander Race      

During Fiona's 2004 trip around the UK & Ireland she spent 51 days on the beach waiting for the weather to improve (+93 paddling days) which demonstrates well how dependent these trips are on the weather. I believe Fiona to be the first woman to complete this venture. Though she set out to paddle solo, I'm sure she would agree that it would be rude not to acknowledge the company she had from such veritable sea kayaking 'names' as Harry Whelan, Barry Shaw, Axel Schoevers (and 'Tom' - sorry, no surname). In her time Fiona has also circumnavigated Wales, held the record for the circumnavigation of Anglesey, competed in the Devizes to Westminster race and soloed the western coast of Australia. Fiona now works for the Outward Bound Trust.

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Circumnavigation: UK + Ireland
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