People have been circumnavigating Britain in Sea Kayaks fairly regularly since 1980 and possibly even before. People have also been canoeing on the sea for many years – in the UK and around the world.
Until now, no-one has taken an open canoe around Britain…
Colin and Davis are hoping to complete this challenge in between 3 and 5 months covering around 2,500 miles. However, if it takes longer, so be it
Coastal canoes don’t come any finer than Colin and Davis’ John-Winters designed Temagami from Swift Canoes in Canada
Coastal Canoeing is not “mainstream” in the UK, perhaps due to ideas around:
Conventional UK understandings of boundaries were set many years ago. British canoeists have been pushing these boundaries for a while, but a circumnavigation of Britain would take this to a new level.
Routes around mainland Britain can include anything from hugging the coast and finding sheltered channels near islands to striking out boldly on exposed, open water crossings – and the best plan will always be dependent on the weather, tides and more.
Colin and Davis will be starting from Strontian on Loch Sunart (on the west coast of Scotland) and will be travelling clockwise. Where the conditions allow, they will take the shortest route between daily stops, taking maximum advantage of each tide.
Colin and Davis will sail whenever they can using expedition lugsails from Solway Dory
Throughout their circumnavigation, Colin and Davis expect to use a combination of tidal flow, sail power and paddling. Wherever possible, all three will work together to ensure rapid progress but at times, paddling or sailing against a “foul” tide is likely to be needed – and at times they can expect too much / too little wind!
Passage plans will be constantly revised but can be expected to include many early starts and late finishes (to catch tides) as well as frustrating days of waiting out marginal or challenging conditions.
Having tried many alternatives, Colin and Davis have chosen Peak-UK canoeing gear for their circumnavigation
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