So, after completing our Round the Island of Wight Kayak challenge for Cancer Research UK we thought we would give you a quick debrief. It all started at the end of last year when Joe suggested kayaking round the isle of Wight for charity, we told him not to be so stupid, or close to that anyway! After thinking about it for a while we all agreed, as we have never kayaked before, why not? We sought advice from several sources, all of them said we were crazy, and eventually started training in the icy cold waters of Poole Harbour in February, we first sat in a sea kayak in March and eventually got our own Stratos kayaks in May, thats when the training really started, with a lot of help from Jonny Ray and the Team at South Coast Canoes. All the while we were increasing our fitness training to ensure we had the strength to do it, as well as chasing sponsors and support from wherever we could get it from. The next stage was getting the timing with tides and weather, when we agreed the dates we could do the challenge we then had a nail biting wait for it all to come together, and it did although we had to delay by a day. So after 65 miles round the island, with no capsizes, great support from our rib and Tony ‘The Legend’ Barnes on land we completed the challenge, coming back in Lymington for a well deserved pint at 1pm on Monday 9th. We now have the Kayaks for sale if anyone is interested, all funds from the sales goes to Cancer Research UK. You can still donate on this link https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/the-musketeers-giving-page
Today the guys have paddled from Ventnor to Wootton Bridge, running the gauntlet against ferries and hovercraft! It’s been a hard day but they are doing well and looking forward to the final leg home tomorrow, they should be at Lymington quay at about 1pm tomorrow so come and support them getting home and don’t forget to sponsor them, it’s all in aid of Cancer Research UK
The Musketeers had an excellent day yesterday, 27 miles from Lymington to Ventnor, navigating The Needles and St Catherine’s Point without any issues despite 5 foot waves at one point! Day Two is Ventnor round to Wootton Bridge. Please sponsor these guys, links are on the website, it’s all for Cancer Research UK!
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!
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