On Tuesday 19th of February 2013 we escorted the Youngest female person to Kayak the English Channel across to France. At the age of 13 it is impressive. A cold winters day but the wind held off for what must have been the calmest day in months, they were very lucky. Following are some pictures of the day. See the article in Kayak and canoe magazine and sponsorship is still coming in on Just Giving
The RIB was covered in frost at 6am in Dover Marina forecast was good though for a max of 5 degrees but no wind ideal crossing conditions.
We arrived at Shakespeare Cliffs just to the West of Folkestone Harbour at 08:00. We loaded up all the guys gear and set of at 09:00. Due to a small swell the kayaks had to transport the gear out to us as Folkestone harbour is a beach at low tide making mooring impossible.
These twin Kayaks are built for speed and in the wake we got 1 up to 9 knots which is impressive, but only possible to sustain for a short period. The average speed was 5 knots!!
Half way across and they had only taken 2 hours so on course for a four hour crossing.
The French shipping lanes where busy so no breaks for an hour to get in front of the fast approaching ships. When we arrived at Cap Gris-Nez in France they had taken 4 hours and 15 mins which is a fast time. Well done guys and girls. The ITV gave some coverage of the crossing with more pictures.
These three guys got across very quickly. To see the details of their trip the blog can be found here. The video is also a good watch.[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Oz4kxyJuTM[/youtube] If your looking for a safety boat to guide you across the worlds busiest shipping lanes by Kayak then contact us to discuss your trip further. You can see what it required for the trip here.
This trio started their epic journey by crossing the British Channel to France. Escorted by our safety boats they made good speed across the channel and hit the coast just South West of Calais. From there they will follow the European coast to the North Sea before joining the Kiel Canal through Germany. The route will take them onto the coast of Denmark and Sweden before finally arriving in Helsinki in September. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pHvM3MAFym0[/youtube]They believe they are among the first people, if not the very first, to complete this entire route by sea kayak and good luck to them its a long way. They will be paddling over 1,600 miles over the next three months If you want to donate to Alzheimer’s Research UK you can do so here on their Just giving page.
The weather was perfect, pretty much the only perfect day for that sort of crossing in the last three months. Once launched at Dungeness lifeboat station after the fog had lifted they used the 3 knot North Easterly current to push them up the channel towards Calais. This was planned so they could get as far up the French coast before the tide turned and pushed them back down towards Bolounge. There is a six hour window before the current heads the other way. These kayaks only cruise at 3-4 knots so the current makes a massive difference. The trio then set up camp for the night and we headed back to Dover to fuel up for the return journey to Rye Harbour.
Thinking of doing it yourself
We have a couple of slots left this year to escort you across so get in touch as soon as possible to discuss and reserve your week. The cost is £950 for 1 boat that covers 2 kayaks. The cost for 2 safety boats is £1750 all in which covers up to 4 kayaks.
Accommodation – Beachy Head Holiday Cottages are located in the picturesque village of East Dean, winner of several Best Kept Village awards. Beachy Head Holiday Cottages offer guests a comfortable and elegant place to stay in a stunning location. There are eight cottages in total. Each cottage has been lovingly converted from farm buildings using traditional materials such as flint and oak, and decorated to an extremely high standard. The cottages vary in size, sleeping between two and six people.
All cottages are equipped with a microwave, hob, and cooker, gas central heating, wi-fi, and tv/dvd/Freesat. Linen and towels are provided. Most have dishwashers. There is a separate laundry. Dogs are welcome. Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Beachy Barn can seat up to sixteen in the open plan kitchen/diner and so is ideal when used in conjunction with some of the smaller cottages for family gatherings, wedding parties etc.
The three most recently finished cottages are located within the walls of the restored Victorian Walled Garden. This is a sheltered and tranquil spot with views of the Downs. Guests are not only welcome to sit and enjoy the view. They are also encouraged to explore the trees and plants in the company of gardener Mark Procter. Notice boards at the entrances to the Garden provide recipe suggestions for using the produce currently in season, which is marked out so that guests can help themselves to herbs, vegetables and fruit when they are ready to be picked.
Contact: Beachy Head Holiday Cottages 01323 423878, www.beachyhead.org.uk
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Our race power boats
Our latest addition to the fleet is Type-R an ex Honda Race boat from the one make series currently running around the Uk coast. Eastbourne Extreme will be hosting a round of P1 150 Honda Championship on 14th July 2012. Powered by a 150HP race prepared Honda outboard you can take the wheel on an hour long powerboat race experience in the exact boats they use for this series. Both our boats can carry 4 passengers and each trip lasts 1 hour. Each passenger gets 15 mins at the wheel then rides the remainder of the trip in the passenger seat. Have a look at trip details, videos & gallery pictures here.
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Drive a boat availability
We run full boat bookings at any day of the week or weekend, weather permitting. If you book less places we need to fill the boat so the chances are you would be doing your trip on a weekend. To see available dates, book a place, or buy a gift voucher online click here.