As I am sure most of you saw by following our support boat online, we have completed the first ever trip from England to Alderney using sit-on-top kayaks!
The team would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to everyone for their support.
The last blast to the finish was at full pelt with the worst tidal races I personally have ever been in, which resulted in me taking a dip to cool off….oops! Luckily I managed to get back on immediately and Mark even turned round to collect my drinks bottle! haha.
We were greeted by a welcoming committee and were very grateful for some lovely sandwiches.Having had a quick drink at the Divers Pub in Alderney we then had to sort our kit out and put the kayaks to bed on the boat in the bay which again couldn’t have done without help.
All of us were really overwhelmed by the support and friendliness on the Island and after some well earned fish and chips we slept like logs! We really appreciated the various places we were given to sleep, and especially the showers!
We got back to Swanage courtesy of Valkyrie around 2pm yesterday to be greeted by 31 degrees heat! After a few hours drive I got back home and Mike (who had flown back to Southampton as he needed to go to work!) picked up his kayak.
A few interesting facts:
The trip was 77.3 miles and took 19hrs 21 minutes.
Mike and I drank only 2 litres of fluid each?!!
Oh and thanks for all the kind donations – I am yet to see what we have raised but it is certainly over £5000. Think of all the help that those suffering with Cancer (and their families) and injured personnel will receive thanks to your generosity.
If we have inspired and entertained you whilst raising much needed money for charity then we have achieved.