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Kayak channel crossing Thurs 5th July

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 Crossing

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.