The Cockleshell Endeavour duo are still riding high (or paddling high) on the success of the Devizes to Westminster International Canoe Race but their focus is now well and truly on the next stage of their challenge; kayaking the Caledonian Canal, starting on the 23rd May.
But this is the Cockleshell Endeavour, so every training challenge leading up to the Falklands circumnavigation in Spring 2016 is designed to push Mick and Steve to their limits. Kayaking the Caledonian Canal just once isn’t enough for the pair; they plan to kayak the return trip too, against prevailing conditions – not something done by many people. This will also be the first time that Mick and Steve will kayak in separate boats. During the Devizes to Westminster race the pair competed as a pair in a World War Two style klepper kayak. For this challenge and for the remainder of the Cockleshell Endeavour their will each be paddling under their own steam in individual boats.
The Caledonian Canal is a man-made canal stretching from Fort William to Inverness. Mick and Steve will be camping out overnight throughout the duration of the challenge, practicing the essential survival skills that will be needed for the Falkland Island circumnavigation next year. Although unsupported, they will be joined by two fellow kayakers, Si Reed and Paul Rigby.
This challenge is the second of five training challenges the Cockleshell Endeavour are undertaking in the lead up to the 650 mile circumnavigation of the Falkland Islands in 2016. In June the pair will compete in the Yukon River Quest, followed by a circumnavigation of the Isle of Man and then Ireland.