Last kayak escort trip of the season two guys from Eastbourne paddling for a cancer charity. Course plotted we set off from Rye Harbour at 06:30. With the kayak on board we headed round to folkestone which took 30 mins. We unloaded the kayak and the guys set off.We plotted a course taking into account the tides and wind with an estimated time of arrival at Cap Gris Nez in France after 4 hours.The guys met some serious wakes from the container ships. Photo below shows a 3 meter wake. The kayak is 22ft long and struggles to get over it!! You can see the white cliffs of Dover in the distance.Four hours later they touch down in France. We over took 3 swimmers and 1 big rowing boat who where also crossing at the same time.This was the last of 12 kayak crossings this summer. Looking forward to next season already.
Some photos of a customer rowing himself across the channel in a converted Pico sailing dingy. A mixed day with quite a lot of fog making the navigation very important. We now run an AIS transponder to increase safety which allows the ships in the shipping lanes to see us what ever the weather.
Planning your route can be quite technical as you can see from Robins course plot pre journey. The current runs up and down the Dover straight at up to 5 knots. Hence the banana shaped course. He stuck to the plan and timing and hit the coast in France perfectly. If you want to cross yourself we will help you to plan the route and course.
The Pico all ready on Folkestone beach. The safety boat met up about 1 mile into the trip. Started off great weather with a gentle NE wind to help push the boat along at up to 5 knots.
Safety boat rendezvous between Dover and Folkestone with Will and Henk onboard to help Robin navigate the busy shipping lanes and the ferry traffic.. Plenty of massive ships passing just before the fog came in for the rest of the journey to France. You can just see Cap Griz nes in the distance below and we are only half a mile off the coast! The return Journey to Folkestone took 45 mins and just before we hit the English coast the fog bank lifted revealing the bright day we had left behind earlier that morning.