Well folks I am delighted to announce that I have been given the opportunity to have a go at the record for circumnavigating Vancouver Island by sea kayak. Firstly I want to thank my wife Gina for giving me a pass and my Mum who is flying over from the UK to help look after Shea Bella for the three weeks I will be away.
You can find out more about the expedition by following the links on my expedition website http://www.expeditionkayak.com/ The plans is to start my expedition immediately after the West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium on September 22nd 2008.
Thanks once again to Dom Miles of IceTea web design who looks after all my websites. Dom and his family live in Devon, England but will soon be here in California for a holiday and I can't wait to see them and show them the beautiful county of Marin.
I also want to thank Valley Sea Kayaks for their support. I will be using a Rapier 20 for the expedition http://www.valleyseakayaks.com/rapier20.htm
I will be travelling fast and light and hope to knock out 50 miles a day. In theory that means I could complete the 700 mile journey around the island in two weeks but the weather may have other ideas! I will be starting at Port Hardy, up on the north east corner, the idea being to wait for a good weather forecast before starting the 'clock' and knocking off the crux moves around the most northwesterly point, Cape Scott and the notorious Books Peninsular before any bad weather arrives.
September and October are traditionally are good months for weather up there. The land is cooling off so the big thermal winds of the summer will be easing off and hopefully I will complete the circle before the winter storms arrive. I hope to use a Spot messenger:
http://www.findmespot.com/Home.aspx so you will be able to track my progress.
More details will follow soon.