One member of Gloucester Canoe Cub and two friends plan to circumnavigate Ireland in April 2017.
Gavin Lewis has dreamt of an expedition around Ireland and at first was thinking of doing this alone. After conversations with friends, a few other people had the same idea. They met again many times meeting up for chats about possible plans and to go on sea paddling trips. Then we decided to go for it as a team.
The date was set and we started the preparations for our expedition around Ireland in April 2017.
There are three in the team: Gavin, Elan and Tavi. Unlike most teams that have circumnavigated Ireland we will be travelling anti-clockwise. We believe we will be the first group to circumnavigated Ireland this way giving us more of a challenge.
We would like to do the trip in less than 40 days with as little support as possible. But as we well know the nature of the coastline and weather will be difficult and demanding physically and mentally at times but also beautiful and rewarding. We are extremely excited about the trip, as it is an opportunity to gain experiences and realize our own potentials.
We are all very realistic and know that this is going to be a challenge, we will come across some difficult times and we will all need to work together and dig deep personally to succeed.
Gavin’s chosen charity is ‘Keeping Abreast’ which has been and still is supporting my mum, I am looking to raise around £5000 to go towards a new bit of kit to help with the reconstruction that women go through.
A bit of background:- Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is the second largest island of the British Isles, the third largest in Europe, and the twentieth largest on Earth. The entire coastline measures 3171 kilometres. That includes every little bay & inlet. To Kayak around Ireland, we will need to commit to many open crossings, the longest being Donegal Bay at 50 plus kilometers. It’s thought that most paddlers who complete the journey cover a distance of about 1200 to 1500 kilometers.
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