We're Off (Well Almost)


It’s half past nine on Good Friday evening and in about an hour and something the third expedition member will be joining us, we’ll load up the wagon and drive through the night to make the morning Holyhead - Dublin ferry. After a few hours orientation, rest and final planning Will and Sammy Kinnear will embark at midnight tomorrow on the first leg of their Dublin to London marathon by kayaking the Irish Sea in aid of the Get Exploring Trust. So why am I going? Good question.

Late replacement compass job……. Gorilla Tape?

Late replacement compass job……. Gorilla Tape?

I don’t mind admitting that it’s good to get the old band back on the road; it’s been a while since I’ve been included in the adventure thing. Some cynics among you may be muttering, ‘because they needed someone to drive the kayak and vehicle back.’ Well, I have just one thing to say to that - I’m not just a taxi driver you know; I am in fact Chief Drone Pilot, a job for which I have every confidence in myself and one which, even the doubters must agree, I am more than adequately qualified. If I’ve seen the Battle of Britain and the Dambusters once I must have seen them a thousand times. I know my barrel rolls from my Immelman’s. I even have the advantage of being given an ‘experience,’ in a Spitfire simulator at Goodwood for Christmas. While I haven’t yet had my ‘experience,’ I feel just having the certificate takes me half way there. My aerial experience also includes being a former Gold Card holder on BA, (and Virgin), and I always wear a jacket and tie when flying on Easyjet. The real trick is going to be being in the right place at the right time when the boys make land on the Welsh Coast on Sunday afternoon. You, like me, will be able to follow them on the Garmin website here with the Delorme tracking thing which we used in the Caribbean on the Golden Arc Expedition. Should make for a more entertaining Easter Sunday than many usually endure.

As you will have surmised by looking out of the window, weather conditions have been improving throughout the week and currently look reasonable for the crossing. More pertinently sea conditions, (swell, chop, interval, swell and chop direction), are managable but do look to deteriorate somewhat later into Sunday.

Updates will of course follow. I can’t say I’m looking forward to this; the worry factor is never a bundle of laughs but as always, risk has been mitigated on everything within our universe of control and at the moment; everything is looking as good as we might hope for.

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