By Martin Bell It was a quiet day down at the climbing wall, so we were discussing sea kayaking…as you do. “I fancy paddling over to Ireland from Wales sometime”. “Ok, let’s go, how does April sound?” Brief pause as Adam takes a step backwards. “Yeah ok, we should be quiet after Easter.” “It should …
PDF article of Irish Sea Crossing – Holyhead to Dun Laoghaire 2002 by Rob Cunliffe and George Arnison
by Sean Morley (expeditionkayak.com) – Link to article: Preseli Challenge – Irish Sea Crossing Record Attempt (1998)
Sennen to The Scillies and Return, in a Weekend, by Richard Sims – PDF of Hayle Canoe Club website article.
Scillies Crossing 2003 by John Chamberlin, Ian Copestake, Steve Nelson and Tim Oldrini. No write-up unfortunately, just brief details and a few photos.
by John Chamberlin.
At 18.00 hrs on Sunday, 23rd July, George Bazeley, lan Tatam and myself set off from Whitesands Bay (near St David’s in Pembrokeshire, South Wales) to canoe, without escort, to Southern Ireland. 17 hours later at 11 .00 hours on Monday 24th, we landed safely at Rosslare Harbour, County Wexford, feeling tired and uncomfortable, but otherwise fit and well.
by John Chamberlin
On Tuesday, 19th August, 1986, Robin Rhodes and I canoed across from Larne in Northern Ireland, to Portpatrick in Galloway, Scotland, in just over 61/2 hours.
Although we had planned the crossing from east to west and hoped to complete it while on holiday in Galloway with our families, the weather over the first week had been unsuitable. With the wind against us again on Tuesday, 19th August, but a sea that looked acceptable from our viewpoint on Castle Bay caravan park, Robin casually suggested a crossing the other way. His off-the-cuff remark led to frenzied activity, and by 10.45 both families had piled into their cars
By John Chamberlin
‘CHANCE FAVOURS THE PREPARED MIND’
(LOUIS PASTEUR, 1822-95)
‘YOU MAKE YOUR OWN LUCK’
(JOHN CHAMBERLIN, B. 1946)
At 22.30 on Friday, 14 June, 1996, Tim Oldrini and myself left Soldiers’ Point, Holyhead, Anglesey and headed out past North Stack to assume a compass bearing of 280 magnetic. Sixteen and a quarter hours later, at 14.43 on the Saturday, we nosed our two, single-seat sea kayaks into the beach adjacent to the walled harbour at Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. We had completed 60 miles to cross the central Irish Sea in conditions which can only be described as ideal.
by Dimitri Vandepoele
We are always looking for a good challenge, preferably one that takes us offshore. If you look at the Belgian part of the North Sea, there are no islands that you can paddle to (with the exception of the North Sea crossing to the UK). We have to do it with our buoys, navigation marks and towers. Yes, there are towers located in the Southern part of the North Sea. Two of them are drawing our attention. The first, and closest one, is the Oostdyck radar tower. When visibility is extremely well, it can be seen from the beach without binoculars. The radar sends all shipping movements to the Traffic Centre for monitoring. This tower is located some 21 kilometres offshore.
by Geoff Murray
In April of 2011 a group of six paddlers from the Tasmanian Sea Canoe Club set out on a crossing of Bass Strait.
Four of the group flew across to Melbourne on the 5th and caught a bus to Port Welshpool, our departure point. Greg Simson and I travelled across to Melbourne on a Toll Transport ship with our cars loaded with 6 kayaks and a heap of equipment. We drove down to meet with the others at Port Welshpool and prepared for departure the next morning…