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Fastest Solo UK circumnavigation unsupported

Post by Jay Oram » Sun Sep 04, 2011 1:04 pm

Hey, does anyone know of any details for this?

Searched previous posts and looked a lot online, but only sketchy old website links/team circumnavigation and very old reports.

Any info will be greatly appreciated - UK and also UK & Ireland. Also I'm having trouble finding out whether long bays were cut across or every metre of the coast was paddled past?

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Re: Fastest Solo UK circumnavigation unsupported

Post by Oarsome » Sun Sep 04, 2011 1:49 pm

I'm pretty sure it's about circumnavigating, hence islands are better than huge lakes (or the mediterranean, for that matter), because there are only so many "corners" to cut when going around islands.

If they were to follow the coast as you say, where do you cross the line of being too far away from the coast? I mean, would a small rock formation force you to follow perpendicular to it, and is cutting across "bumbs" of, say, two metres okay?

What I'm saying is that it's about going round the island(s), not so much how much you hug the coast. It's a trade off, and that is part of the tactic whatever you're circumnavigating - or even if just going up or down a coast somewhere.

With that said, I'd like to see some times too, including what they did it in, and if they were done in one go (i.e. not spread out over two seasons), whether or not "weather days" count - which I think they should, and so on.

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Re: Fastest Solo UK circumnavigation unsupported

Post by Jay Oram » Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:19 pm

Well I was thinking that staying close to the shore and cutting across most bays would be right.

Times/boats/dates would be interesting.

I think it should include weather days too.

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Re: Fastest Solo UK circumnavigation unsupported

Post by Summit to Sea » Sun Sep 04, 2011 2:47 pm

Jay, there's a reasonable amount of information for you here

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Re: Fastest Solo UK circumnavigation unsupported

Post by PSK » Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:21 pm

Marcus Demuth
80 days
Finished July 2010 at Skegness
Boat: Valley Nordkapp

http://www.performanceseakayak.co.uk/Pa ... tiDay.html

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Re: Fastest Solo UK circumnavigation unsupported

Post by Mark R » Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:24 pm

Is the 80 days start to finish, or with bad weather days not counted?

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Re: Fastest Solo UK circumnavigation unsupported

Post by PSK » Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:43 pm

80 days start to finish - paddling and rest/bad weather days included.

Though Marcus obviously put the miles in; a favourable outlook from the weather gods makes a big difference and can obviously make or break (and has done on more than one occasion) such a trip - as we all know.

Good luck with the weather Jay!

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Re: Fastest Solo UK circumnavigation unsupported

Post by PSK » Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:50 pm

Sorry, missed the UK & Ireland circumnav.

As far as I am aware this one still belongs to Sean Morley:
169 days
September 2004
Kirton C-Trek
Falmouth

Though a little bird tells me that someone, somewhere might be in training for this one...

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Re: Fastest Solo UK circumnavigation unsupported

Post by Mark R » Sun Sep 04, 2011 3:50 pm

PSK wrote:80 days start to finish - paddling and rest/bad weather days included.
That's pretty amazing!
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Re: Fastest Solo UK circumnavigation unsupported

Post by Summit to Sea » Sun Sep 04, 2011 5:40 pm

Mark R wrote:That's pretty amazing!
It's better than that, it's freaking awesome!!

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