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Nigel Dennis Kayaks and Holyhead Harbour

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:56 am
by RickC
A little over two weeks ago whilst the so-called "Beast from the East" dominated the headlines, Storm Emma also took it's toll at the same time when it rampaged through Holyhead Harbour and totally destroyed the marina. More than 80 vessels were sunk in just a few hours, including the expedition vessel owned by Nigel Dennis that has he spent the last three years painstakingly restoring. He also lost his home (the yacht he has lived on for many years) in the same incident. It is a measure of the man that as coxswain of the Holyhead All-Weather Lifeboat, he worked alongside the rest of the RNLI crew to get the lifeboat safely out of it's doomed marina berth before trying to save his own vessels. Unfortunately this proved to be impossible and the only consolation is that no-one lost their life or was seriously injured. The next day, Nigel and a few other volunteers started salvage work while the authorities stood by and did nothing. This work is ongoing and is receiving no financial or logistic support. His boats are still on the bottom of the harbour as I write and he's homeless!

As most people will know, Nigel has been incredibly supportive of sea kayaking in the UK and globally. His generosity knows no boundaries and he has helped many kayaking businesses get off the ground. In addition, he has sponsored individuals and groups with kayaks and equipment and has been the inspiration for many of us to pick up a paddle and try to be better. His sponsorship continues to this day and he has just agreed to provide three kayaks to a group planning to re-enact a crossing of the North Sea - all for charity.

Most sea kayakers will have gained some benefit (directly or indirectly) from Nigel, either in they way they have learned skills or simply the ongoing development of sea kayaks into the sort of boats we paddle today. Many professionals and manufacturers started their paddlesports enterprises have been "understudies" with Nigel and his designs are legendary. He's beyond generous and I know of no-one more modest than him in the sea kayaking world.

So I'd like to draw your attention to the appeal that has been launched by one of the many paddlers who have been lucky enough to be sponsored by Nigel. If you feel that you'd like to give something back to the man that has given the world-wide sea kayaking community then simply donate whatever you can. You don't need to be "on social media" (I'm not!) and I genuinely believe we should support the man in his hour of need.

The appeal is at gofundme.com/risefromthestorm

Cheers, Rick

Re: Nigel Dennis Kayaks and Holyhead Harbour

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:57 pm
by pathbrae
Copied to the SKEG group. (hope that's OK?)
Good luck and best wishes to Nigel.

Re: Nigel Dennis Kayaks and Holyhead Harbour

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 7:18 am
by RickC
Thanks for spreading the word. Rick

Re: Nigel Dennis Kayaks and Holyhead Harbour

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 12:30 pm
by Ceegee
Small donation made! I don't do this FB crap, which seem the only way of sending a message on gofundme, so posting here instead if you are reading Nigel, i was so sorry to hear about the disaster, I recently got a small refund for cancelled travel due to the same storm, you can use it more than me, cheers, Steve

Re: Nigel Dennis Kayaks and Holyhead Harbour

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2018 9:33 pm
by RickC
I actually don't know if Nigel is aware of any of this campaign. He's not one for social media or self promotion. But I will make sure any thoughts expressed in this forum are passed on at the appropriate time.

Thanks for all the support so far. Rick

Re: Nigel Dennis Kayaks and Holyhead Harbour

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:09 pm
by RickC
Over £11,000 donated so far. Fantastic support from all around the world. Please continue to spread the word. Rick

Re: Nigel Dennis Kayaks and Holyhead Harbour

Posted: Sat Mar 24, 2018 1:59 pm
by Grian
Donated. Would have felt bad paddling my Romany otherwise! Good wishes to Nigel and all affected.

Re: Nigel Dennis Kayaks and Holyhead Harbour

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2018 2:00 pm
by RickC
Now over £13K donated - fantastic. Really hoping to get to £20K so anything you can do to get this man's dream back on track...

Re: Nigel Dennis Kayaks and Holyhead Harbour

Posted: Wed Apr 04, 2018 8:58 am
by RickC
Donations have now reached a little over 16K. Many thanks to those who have given so far. I'd like to think that anyone who is (or has been) a sponsored paddler will lead the way and help to get the appeal over the bar of 20K. There are 41 sponsored paddlers on the Sea Kayaking UK website who Nigel Dennis has helped at some time or another (with free sea kayaks/paddles I am guessing). By my reckoning, that's probably well over sixty thousand pounds of help he has given to those listed sponsored paddlers alone. I know there are others not listed who have also had the benefit of free boats or other support. Some former sponsored paddlers have already made donations - some have been generous. Let's hope all the others will too.

Thanks again, Rick

Re: Nigel Dennis Kayaks and Holyhead Harbour

Posted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 1:37 pm
by john.ruston
This friendly fundraiser is getting there gradually. Work is getting done already. Lets not forget we are not quite there yet!