For the dark moments ahead, it may be useful to have rehearsed, the motives behind my trip…
It’s a complicated idea to explain fully, but I guess a big factor is the simplicity. Just sea kayaking for weeks on end, streamlining daily life down to the basics of negotiating myself and my kit from ‘a’ to ‘b’. I find this seriously appealing.
I think once a paddler has begun to consider taking on this trip, it becomes an itch that won’t go away. Its hard to say whether I’ll ever be able to forge a 3 month window with so few commitments again. This makes it a great time to have a go.
I have made no secret of the fact that I would like to break the speed record for the circumnavigation which currently stands at 80 days. It would be naive to say this is my motivation. The target of 80 days simply offers another focus and is a personal test.
The primary focus is obviously safety. Such a circumnavigation is essentially a 2000+ mile test of decision making and organisation. The stamina, mental toughness and boat skills are simply pre-requisites that have to be there.
Finally, I cant really imagine a better way to see the British coastline. The wildlife, the scenery, the people and the places. I only hope I think of it this way in a few weeks time.