Despite achieving an incredible amount in 2015, including successfully completing the Devizes to Westminster International Kayak and Canoe race and the world famous Yukon Great River Quest our ultimate goal escaped us – a circumnavigation of the Falkland Islands.
Always working to a tight schedule to go from novice kayakers to completing one of the most difficult Kayaking challenges in the world, by October 2015 it was obvious to us we would not be at the level required for the attempt.
Safety and the primary goal of the project, Steve’s on going recovery process, made a difficult decision easier to make – postpone the Falkland Islands Expedition, and that’s exactly what we did last year.
However, the goal remained the same for us: to conclude the project in the Falkland Islands where the idea was born. Next year is the 35th anniversary of the Falklands War in which both Steve and I served. What better or more significant time to return and put a successful conclusion to the Cockleshell Endeavour project?
So with that in mind, in March 2017 the Cockleshell Endeavour team will return to complete a revised kayaking expedition. We will paddle a route primarily around ‘East Falkland’ designed to take in the significant locations of the conflict. We will complete the paddle in a two-man military Wayland Kayak, and weather permitting it should take us about 14 days to complete.
We think this will be a particularly significant way to conclude the Cockleshell Endeavour Project and one which will also allow us to pay our respects to the guys who didn’t get to come home.