Well…they did it, The Musketeers completed the challenge of Kayaking around the Isle of Wight, starting from Lymington on 7th September and returning after 65 miles to Lymington Quay on Monday 9th September to a well earned pint, or two!!
The trip was not easy, they had seas that went from glass flat to very choppy, to confused seas and up to five foot waves at St Catherines point!
They stayed overnight at Kite Hill Farm camp site, very ably assisted on land by Tony ‘The legend’ Barnes who worked tirelessly to ensure that the guys were fed and watered and had all that they needed. On the water they were supported by Paul Adams and Natalie Marsh on the support rib. The rib was very kindly lent by Dave Harrison who is the local ‘Car Medic’
Most of the donations are in but the guys are still collecting and currently have £6947 which is excellent! Anyone can still donate by clicking the donate button above. They have sold the 4 kayaks with all funds going to Cancer Research UK. The challenge would not have happened with all involved and specially the corporate sponsors listed below.
The Musketeers held a very successful (and dry!) fundraising event at the Masonic Hall car park in Lymington on Saturday 17th August. The 4 Kayakers (Lee, Joe, Andy and Mark) did half hour turns each on an Ergo Kayak trainer from 08.00 to 16.00. Members of the public were invited to guess how many meters they would achieve in the 8 hours. Over 50 people had a go at £5 a guess for the chance to win some great prizes donated by local businesses, including Michael Turner Studios, Wightlink, Greedos, Stanwell House Hotel, Lymington Amateur Rowing club, The Ship Inn, Solent Cellar, Quba and Yachtmail Chandlery on the Quay. There was also an America’s Cup Poster signed and donated by Sir Ben Ainslie.
Many children tried out the kayaks on show and a second ergo machine. It was a fun event ably supported by Tony and Caroline Barnes, Sharon and Natalie Marsh and Dejan Kocev and Nick Johnson from Cancer Research UK attended kindly adding his support to the event.
In the end the kayakers paddled just over 75 kilometers. The nearest guess was by Milly, the second nearest by Kevan and the third by Mike. They each received their prizes with great pleasure and some surprise and our grateful thanks for supporting the event which in raised over £500 on the day.
Our challenge for 2019 is to Kayak around the coast of the Isle of Wight, which is approx 65 miles, raising funds for Cancer Research UK, there is a donate button below if you are able to help us raise funds. The challenge for us is not only the distance, the tides, the weather or the busy shipping channels but the fact that we have very little Kayaking experience between us.
We will be adding details as we progress with the organising of the event so keep watching this space, we do have some support already on board, you can see details on this by scrolling down this page.
We have a large amount of support from various sources locally including South Coast Canoes in Three Legged Cross, Rawlins Davy Solicitors in Bournemouth, Capital Demolition from London and Modulek Ltd from Verwood, any help that individuals or companies can give us will be greatly appreciated
We are training as much as we can both in fitness and Kayaking in readiness for the event, bearing in mind that we are not Kayakers!
The videos below are from our first session in the sea kayaks
This was our first session with Harbour Challenge in the Sea Kayaks, the second video is Joe trying to get back in his kayak after practising a roll over