First Date

Sussing each other out over a few phone calls, Paul and I decided on meeting up for an over night paddle trip. With the SW Canoe show around the corner I suggested meeting up there before moving on to the south coast for a small trip.

I gathered together a few paddling ideas and ended up suggesting a small trip around the coast from Thurlstone Sands up the Salcombe estuary to Kingsbridge. Have a read about it on that link, it really is a great little trip.

While at the show we took the opportunity to have a chat with some of the seakayak product suppliers and manufacturers that had supported me on the Bristol Channel Crossing challenge back in 2006/7. Given the amount of kit that we were likely to need to do the circumnavigation unsupported, I had to look at getting a bigger boat than the plastic Cappella I was used to paddling. It has ben commented in the past that she looks “very low in the water” when carrying me and all my camping gear.

I was keen to try and use as much British equipment as possible on the trip and given my previous experience with P and H Sea Kayaks I had chat with Liz Forshaw about the expedition. She showed an enthusiastic interest in our proposal and gave us a big thumbs up for their support. A Cetus HV was on the cards as the boat of choice.

While the expedition boat was being made for me Liz was happy to provide a demo version of the original Cetus to use in the interim. At least I could start to get out on the water and begin familiarising myself with the larger composite boat. How’s that for support!

One major hurdle overcome – I now had transport!

Loading up at Thurlstone

Camp spot at Soar Mill Cove

Great little overnight spot at Soar Mill Cove

Boat packing in the morning

Packing to leave Soar Mill Cove after our overnight stop

Paul out on the water in his quest

Quest at Dawn

Paddling in the early dawn

Cracking morning paddle!

Big boys breakfast at Kingsbridge

A satisfying end to a great little trip

Great weather brought out the crowds

The colourful canoe carnival in Exeter at the SW Canoe Show

Liz Forshaw from P and H is happy to sponsor us

Liz Forshaw from P&H Sea Kayaks was pleased to provide us with boat support for the trip

Paul insists Eurion will fit in the boat

"Trust me fella, you'll fit in it!"

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