Archive for January, 2012

Those awfully nice people at HP Enterprise Security Services (HP ESS) have just donated £250 to the great causes we are raising money for as we paddle round this little island of ours. From Mike, Geoff and myself – a big thank you to HP ESS and to all those who have sponsored us so far.

We’ve now met the first £1,000 milestone and still more than 3 months before we set off!

Just a reminder we are raising money for 5 of our favourite charities and hoping to top £10,000 by the end of our trip.

  • Help for Heroes –  a national charity supporting those wounded in the service of our country since 9/11.
  • Over The Wall – a national children’s charity who provide life-changing activity camps for children and young people aged 8-17 who are affected by serious and life limiting illnesses.
  • The Christian Adventure Centre – offering amazing residential, camping adventure activity experience for schools, youth groups, church or family groups.
  • The West Of England MS Therapy Centre – providing support and relief of symptoms to people with Multiple Sclerosis and their supporters.
  • The Ideas Partnership – an NGO stimulating and supporting educational, cultural and sustainability projects in Kosovo.

You can make a donation by clicking here www.sponsor-me.org/midlifekayak

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The round Britain team are absolutely thrilled to announce that Kokatat, have agreed to be the official sponsor for our paddling gear.  For those that don’t know the company – it focuses on paddle sport clothing and equipment and has an enviable reputation for quality. Based in California since it was established 40 years ago, and named after the Native American word for ‘into the water’, they are easily the most highly regarded manufacturer of kayaking kit.

When we were seeking advice from some of the UK’s top sea kayakers about which kit which should go for, Kokatat was the name that kept being mentioned. Both Geoff and I have purchased some of their kit before and the advice we got reinforced our own views that we ought not to use anything else on this trip.  With 100 days and 2,500 miles of paddling – the last thing you want to worry about is your kit letting you down.

Once the new kit arrives we’ll post some photos, tell you about how it shapes up in training and on the expedition itself.  Can’t wait!






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….either way, the GB360 team met up recently to start to pull together the route plan for the journey.  Surely all we need to do is set off from Cornwall and keep turning right?  Well at one level that’s accurate but if we want to keep safe and make the most of tidal streams there is a whole lot of detail to plan.


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