….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.
In the ideal world, each day we would want to consult tide times, tidal stream atlases, Admiralty charts for dangerous races and overfalls and the ocassional MOD firing range. However, that would probably amount to around 20Kgs of additional weight. So we are doing the research and risk assessments before we leave. The best maps to use we have found on which to summarise all the information we need are actually ordinary OS road maps. We bought a couple of second hand for less that a £1 each and promptly spent hours cutting up the coastline into strips and stuck them onto clean sheets of A4 paper. We are now making passage, tidal and risk assessment notes on these sheets before we laminate them. Each sheet is double-sided and covers on average around 100 miles of coastline or 4 days of paddling. So that way we avoid taking several sources of information and cut down on weight. We can even send some of the laminates ahead to friends who live around the coast so we don’t have to take the full set with us.