Thank you, John

We landed at Bournemouth needing to meet Kerri & Andy to get a new camping matt as ours gave up last night.
We walked across the road towards Harry Ramsden and there was a stranger with two cups of hot chocolate asking for our names and then  giving us the drink and then he said that all food is on John Miller.
We still can’t believe the kindness of a total stranger, we ate and are absolutelly amazed by this.

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A day of social paddle

We left warm hospitality of Gill, Georgie, Emily and Howard in Hoves and spent one night in our tent, which started to feel a bit abandoned. Last morning and weather forecast promised nice sunny day, which changed just after the first paddle strokes. We made it to Bongor Regis, where we had to take a break and wait for the tide to turn in our favour.
Soon the sunny day changed and a big black cloud made many people leave the beach, we also left, hoping that it won’t follow us over to Selsey. The wind picked up and the rain started. Between storms we met Jason, Andrew and Simon, who were looking for us.
We all paddled together against headwind and rain to be rewarded by beautiful rainbow.
The day finished at Mark’s and Sheryl’s with lovely supper and good chat with friends. Thank you.

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Role- playing

Yesterday we finally left Brighton with a good weather forecast, promising a good day. The start was as promised but it all changed soon. It gave us  an opportunity to recreate our own version of ‘ ” Into the Wind”. You can decide who is playing Harry and who’s Jeff.

Update 11th. April

Natalie & Michal this morning resumed their journey after two days in Brighton. One day to rest and do some shopping and get a new kayak trolley. Yesterday, they aborted their departure as the weather was against them and decided to enjoy one more day in Brighton as the forecast was better for the next day. Tonight they are near Littlehampton.

The photo below is from last week.

BACK IN BRIGHTON

We had a late start this morning as we knew that both tide and wind are against us together  with swell.  We got to the beach at about 11am to launch. I went first and ended up swimming. My second attempt was successful and we both started to paddle at about noon. Soon we realised that the wind was too strong and our progress in the last half hour counted 500 metres. We decided to go back, which took us 2 minutes to Reach the launching spot again. The decision was made with the view that we would make 10 km today but would be absolutely shattered, while tomorrow the conditions should be better and we should make better progress.

The landing was straightforward and successful for both without swimming.

So back in Brighton we are.

Youth comment about Shadwell Basin

ONE OF THE REASONS WE ARE PADDLING AROUD THE UK IS TO RAISE MONEY FOR SHADWELL BASIN. BELLOW IS AN ARTICLE WRITEN BY ROBYN WHO ATTENDS THE CENTRE.
IF YOU LIKE IT, PLEASE, DONATE TO ENABLE MORE YOUNG PEOPLE TO HAVE SIMILAR EXPERIENCE.

I first came to Shadwell two years ago with a few mates in the summer holiday. I came for the whole 6 weeks holiday because I had so much fun and was extremely privileged to go on a sailing trip at the end which was an amazing experience; we sailed on a boat for three days and even slept on it. This brought me much closer to a lot of the people at Shadwell and so I started coming more often out of the holiday period. I made a lot of mates really easily and got a lot of badges for a range of different sports such as kayaking, sailing and climbing. Now, I see Shadwell almost as a second family and can even say I met some of my closest friends here. I look forward to coming Shadwell every week, as i see it as a break from all of the work I have to do at home. Also, Shadwell has sent me on a course to become a level 1 kayaking instructor. One of my greatest memories at Shadwell was when we went to a place called Llandysul where we kayaked for four days and stayed in this lovely building. I learned a lot of key skills such as cooking cleaning and recycling and had a great time with my mates, playing games in the evenings and learning new skills during the day in kayaking. I love kayaking and I’m excited about going on more trips and exploring new areas.

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Brighton

Yesterday we had a long day. We could not see any place to camp once we reached Eastbourne and so we decided to make the most of the last hour of ebbing tide and to go around Beachy Head. Once we made this decision we knew the next suitable place to stop before Seaford would be Cuckmere Haven. We arrived there and landed there at dark. The night and today’s paddle were fairly uneventful. We didn’t have to rush in the morning and cooked last nights super for breakfast. Then continued to Brighton, we had to be there by 5.30pm since we are staying with Howard and Gill. Today is a shower day. Tomorrow we will sort out our wheel and finally do some proper expedition shopping.

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On the way to Brighton

Yesterday was very eventfull day. The morning was beautifuly sunny and we set off from Dymchurch towards Dugeness against the tide. We enjoyed the satisfaction of rounding the second corner of the six and continued towards Rye bay. Not for long, shooting sounds, red flag and later a patrol boat made it clear to us that it won’t be straightfoward. And so we were diverted towards France in order to stay out of the danger zone. We made it to Wichelsea beach where the tides run miles. It took us two hours to get the boats on shore. During this our wheels and essential piece of our equipment broke without them we won’t be able to get the boats in and out of the water. They are fixed a bit now, but do not have a long life ahead. We will somehow have to sort it out !

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