Thursday, November 14, 2019
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Two men have completed possibly the first open canoe circumnavigation of the British coast.

Colin Skeath, a retired West Yorkshire Police officer, and his nephew, Davis Gould-Duff, began their trip at Strontian on 30 April.

They went on to travel 2,100 miles clockwise in their custom-made Downcreek Paddles from Ireland.

On Thursday 23 July, they began their circumnavigation of the Isle of Skye in their 17’ Old Town Penobscot.  They said: "At night we slept with midge nets on and no part of our skin was exposed……it was a bit like sleeping in a shark cage!"

"This had been a brilliant, rewarding but hard trip.  For four out of the five days the wind had been against us and, on occasions, so had the tide.  The sea at times carried a big swell and we paddled, sailed and paddled sailed, often for long periods, without much sleep."

The pair were aiming to raise money for Forget Me Not Children's Hospice in Huddersfield.

Their challenge took them over 86 days of paddling to complete.

More information can be found on the Canoeing Around Britain website.

 

 

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