The Musketeers would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year! A huge thank you to all that have supported us and followed us over the last year, thanks to you all we have raised the amazing sum of £7,033 for Cancer Research UK with our Kayak Challenge around the Isle of Wight. Keep an eye on the website and other social media for our next challenge, we have several ideas in mind!
The website has been updated, new home page and updated Kayak page, check them out and follow us online through facebook, instagram and twitter!
We have also had another total up for the kayak challenge, all four kayaks are now sold and our total raised to date is £6,947, so close to the £7k mark! If you are able to help us get past this milestone it would be greatly appreciated, just click on the donate buttons to get to the Cancer Research UK giving page. The pic below is to say thanks and let everyone know who has sponsored us to date, it all helps!
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
The guys have arrived home after a gruelling 65 miles of paddling round the Isle of Wight over three days, all in aid of Cancer Research UK! It’s been hard work but great fun and all for a good cause, a short video of us paddling into Lymington is below, more will be coming soon so keep an eye on the website and don’t forget to sponsor The Musketeers
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!
The Musketeers have made the decision to go for the challenge on Saturday (7th) as Fridays weather is too unpredictable, this means they will return to Lymington Quay on Monday (9th) at approx 1pm, it would great for the guys to see you all there welcoming them home, they may have a hard battle coming back up the Solent! They will put regular updates on all social media as they progress, check it out on Facebook, instagram etc and don’t forget to sponsor them, its all for Cancer Research UK, the link is here https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/the-musketeers-giving-page The kayaks they are using will be for sale after the event, if you are interested in buying one please let us know on here or on Facebook etc.
The Musketeers are almost there, they had a meeting last night and agreed that they would do the challenge this weekend, leaving Friday and getting back to Lymington on Sunday about 1pm. The only delay may be the weather, if it doesn’t improve for Friday they will leave on Saturday and return on Monday afternoon, this will be confirmed after midday on Thursday. So, keep an eye for more info and details and see if you can meet them on their return at Lymington Quay, and don’t forget its all for Cancer Reseach UK, the link is https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/the-musketeers-giving-page
We had a great paddle from Keyhaven to Beaulieu village yesterday morning, about 16 miles in total, weather was good, sea was kind and we made good time by doing it in 4 hours with a couple of breaks. Hopefully in the next couple of days we will be able to confirm if we are doing the challenge this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, will keep you all posted! In the meantime if you can sponsor us the link is https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/the-musketeers-giving-page Its all for Cancer Research UK, which is a great charity so please try and support us.
A short video of The Musketeers crossing the Solent from their trip to the Needles last weekend, it shows how choppy the sea around Hurst Castle can get and also how well the guys are coping with it! Don’t forget to sponsor them and support Cancer Research UK, you can do this by following this link:- https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/the-musketeers-giving-page
The Musketeers had a great training session yesterday, they paddled out to the Needles lighthouse from Lymington, covering 16 miles in total! Ably supported by two of the support crew on a rib kindly lent by Car Medic Lymington. Whilst there they had to thread the Needles, would be rude not to! Preparations are well on the way for them to start the challenge of paddling round the Isle of Wight on 6th Sept. Please sponsor them on https://fundraise.cancerresearchuk.org/page/the-musketeers-giving-page