One of my uber sea kayaking heroes once again earns the kudos. Last Saturday, Rowland Woollven coach and guide in Oban, Scotland completed his circumnavigation of Great Britain by sea kayak. Rowland is the 19th person to have made the journey, but the real stand out for me is that he’s the first person to complete the circumnavigation using a “traditional” or Greenland Paddle. It was not long ago that people were saying that Greenland paddles were not sufficient or ideal for such adventures. Well, we all knew better, didn’t we?! Continue reading
In memory of the thirty-two young Dutchmen
who tried to escape to England by kayak
during World War II to join the Allied Forces.
Eight of them reached the English coast.
The last living survivor dedicated this memorial
to his brothers in arms who were less fortunate
he reached England – and freedom -
on this beach on 21 september 1941.
During World War II, some 1700 Dutch men & women escaped Nazi-occupied Holland by crossing the North Sea from the Netherlands to the UK in every sort of craft. They were called the Engelandvaaders. In August of this year three British paddlers, Alec Greenwell, Ed Cooper & Henry Franks, will attempt this hazardous crossing in their memory. The paddlers will be following a route that brothers, Henri and William Peteri took some 70 years earlier; launching from Katwijk, just north of The Hague and heading west across the channel to land on the beach at Sizewell in Suffolk, UK. It took the Peteri brothers about 56 hours to make the crossing, the 2011 team hopes to cover the 118 mile route in about 30 hours. What makes this historic crossing so challenging is that they will be padding against a constant natural current through some of the busiest shipping lanes on earth. This will certainly be one to watch. Continue reading
sometimes you’re the windshield / sometimes you’re the bug
sometimes it all comes together baby / sometimes you’re a fool in love
sometimes you’re the louisville slugger / sometimes you’re the ball
sometimes it all comes together baby… – Dire Straits
I‘ve written about Marcus Demuth before. More than many expedition paddlers out there he’s had his share of ups and downs. Yet no matter what happens, it seems he’s right there ready to give things another go as well. So even though he kept things a bit quiet this time around, he still went out and did something few people have ever done. He paddled solo around Great Britain. Continue reading