We had a fantastic day at Lymington Market yesterday, the four us doing the Isle of Wight kayak challenge paddled a Kayak Ergo machine for 8 hours from 8am to 4pm, doing half hour sessions on the machine. During this the team and the support crew showed our kayaks off to the public, let them have a paddle on the second Ergo machine and asked them to guess how far we would paddle in the 8 hours. The nearest three guess’s all won prizes, kindly donated by local business’s. The total distance we paddled in the 8 hours was 75,581.40m which is 46.94 miles, great effort by all! During the event donations were collected by the team and we raised an amazing £480! Huge thanks to all those who helped and supported us, we couldn’t do it without you. If you wish to donate online you can go through our website or https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/the-musketeers-giving-page donations online go direct to Cancer Research UK. We now have just over two weeks of training to get ready for the challenge on 6th September, weather permitting!
We had a great live interview this morning with ForestFM on 92.3fm, we talked out our challange to kayak round the Isle of Wight in September, previous challenges we have carried out in the past and also our fund raising event being held in Lymington High Street tomorrow. They will be playing the interview again at 6:30pm today. Have a listen and then come along and see us at Lymington tomorrow, you may win a prize! And its all about raising funds for Cancer Research UK!
So we have now got the two Ergo machines, kindly loaned to us by British Canoe Association through South Coast Canoes, we had a little practise on them this evening, just like kayaking but without the risk of getting wet! For those trying to guess how far we will paddle on the Ergos on Saturday 17th it will be between 60km and 90km, check out our website for more details on how to donate for Cancer Research UK www.themusketeers.co.uk
Come and see The Musketeers and win a prize! on 17th August the guys will be at Lymington Masonic Hall, in the High Street, as part of their training for kayaking around the Isle of Wight they will be seeing how far they can paddle on a kayak ergo machine in an 8 hour period from 8am to 4pm, they will be taking turns over the time period. If you can guess how far they will paddle you could win a selection of prizes, there will be a first, second and third prize, all of them have been gernerously supplied by the following; Sir Ben Ainsley, Michael Turner Studios, Wightlink, Greedo’s, Stanwell House, Quba, Yachtmail Chandlery, The Ship Inn, Solent Cellar and Lymington Rowing Club, to enter just donate at least £5 to us or online and let us know your contact details and what your guess is, its as simple as that! All donations go to Cancer Research UK, to donate click on this link – https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/the-musketeers-giving-page Our kayaks will also be on display, these have been sponsored by Rawlins Davy, Modulek Ltd, Capital Demolition and Quicksign.
On the 17th August The Musketeers will be at the Masonic Hall in Lymington High Street, along with our kayaks and two Kayak Ergo machines for training, the four Musketeers doing the IOW challenge will be paddling non-stop on one of the Ergo Machines from 8am until 4pm, tag teaming the 8 hour period to see how far they can paddle in the time period, come along an support them as well as having a go on the second Ergo machine and have a sit in one of the kayaks. For a £5 donation you can also guess how far they will paddle, with the three nearest winning some great prizes, how far will it be 80km, 100km or even 120km? If you want to guess online, just donate at least £5 by clicking here and send us your guess (be exact, such as 97,567.05m) and also your contact details to email@example.com confirming when you donated and what under what name so we can match it up. All monies donated will go direct to Cancer Research UK, all prizes are gratefully donated by local companies, the first prize is worth over £300! Online guesses will not be counted after 3pm on 17th August.
With new kayaks and the sun up for an early start we decided to paddle from Lymington Quay to Beaulieu river, and back. 14 miles and 5 hours later we were back at the slipway in Lymington, we had the tide against us going there and the wind coming back but averaged just over 3mph which is not bad. All good training and experience for us. There are some pics below of the trip. We can be sponsored at https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/the-musketeers-giving-page
We received our last two kayaks last night, supplied by South Coast Canoes, and three of us went for an evening paddle in Lymington River, it was very quiet, flat and cool after a hot day and the sunset was amazing to watch on the water line! we will be going out on a more regular basis from now until we do the challenge and are always looking for sponsors, contact us for more details. All of our sponsors are listed on our website www.themusketeers.co.uk/sponsors
Two of the kayaks that we are using in our round the Island Challenge have been sponsored by Rawlins Davy and Modulek Ltd, they have now been signwritten with the sponsors logos, we have two more kayaks that are available for sponsorship, if you would like be a part of our challenge and raise money for Cancer Research UK at the same time, please contact us, for more details check our website www.themusketeers.co.uk, instagram, facebook or twitter,
Our challenge is to kayak around the island later this summer, we are all new to kayaking and getting expert training and advice, check our website for details of our previous challenges where we have raised over £24k for charity.
some pics of the sponsored kayaks below.
Short video of The Musketeers kayaking at Old Harry rocks whilst training. They are going to Kayak around the Isle of Wight to raise money for Cancer Research UK, its 65 miles of very unpredictable and often dangerous waters, if you can support them with sponsorship then please do at their website www.themusketeers.co.uk
You can also check out some of their previous adventures!
We had a great day out training on Saturday with Jonny Ray from South Coast Canoes, started at Bramble Bush Bay, paddled round to studland where we practised rescues, then onto Old Harry Rocks for lunch before heading across Swanage Bay, covered about 10miles in total. Weather was excellent, the new Kayaks where great, kindly supplied by South Coast and sponsored by Rawlins Davy and Modulek Ltd, just need to get out on the water more, the round the island challenge at 65 miles is a bit more than the 10 miles we just paddled! We still have two more kayaks requiring sponsors, get in touch with us for more info. www.themusketeers.co.uk or firstname.lastname@example.org or you can sponsor us on the Cancer Research Uk giving page, or just click on the donate button on the website.