At the end of April 2012, Geoff Cater, Mike Greenslade and Andy Mullins (author of this blog) will set off in their kayaks from Tatums Beach, Portscatho on the Cornish South Coast. They’ll turn right at the harbour wall and with some hard paddling, some reasonable weather and a lot of luck, they’ll appear again on the horizon some 100 or so days later.
All very keen sea kayakers, the paddlers met on the Isles of Scilly in April 2011. This is a mighty challenge – the journey has been completed by some very talented kayakers with impressive pedigrees. It has also defeated some equally talented kayakers and the team are under no illusions about how tough a physical and mental challenge this will be. Particularly given the fact that they aren’t exactly spring chickens any more – average age is 46. If the paddling doesn’t get to them the sleeping out in the open for most of the 100 nights just might!
They are aiming to complete the 2,500 miles around the mainland by paddling an average of 25 miles per day. If the weather and tides are kind they’ll look to complete 30 – 35 miles to make up for the inevitable days stranded in tents waiting for the conditions to improve.
They are raising money for some of their favourite charities along the way and would welcome any support you can give and help motivate the guys to complete the challenge.