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Circumnavigation Triumph!

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25 years after the Wales Circumnavigation by Rob Egelstaff and I, our journey has been well and truly surpassed. The crown(s) are on the way to Colin and Davis. AWESOME STUFF.

– Ray Goodwin

On Monday 24th July, 2017, Colin Skeath and Davis Gould-Duff completed the first known circumnavigation of mainland Britain by open canoe.

Congratulations. Lap of honour?

– Rich Wright

The team departed from their base in Strontian on 30th April, rounding Ardnamurchan point and heading for Cape Wrath and John O'Groats. Footage soon followed of a tiny Swift Temegami amid the vastness of Scourie, and then battling through a Pentland Firth tiderace. Progress down the east coast included big crossings at the Firth of Forth, across the Wash and then (most memorably) from Shingle Street in Suffolk to Broadstairs in Kent. Tales of long days and epic seas will undoubtedly follow.

The south coast stage began with an arresting image of the boys waiting to pass the entrance to Dover and dwarfed by an outgoing DFDS cross channel ferry. Before long, the support team was sharing footage from the tiderace at Portland Bill - another major milestone.

On board footage of Colin and Davis rounding Land's End paved the way for a series of quite immense open water crossings:

  • Bude (Cornwall) to Lundy Island and on to Tenby (South Wales)
  • Cardigan Bay to the tip of the Llyn Peninsula
  • Anglesey to the Isle of Man
  • Isle of Man to Donaghadee (Ireland)
  • The North Channel - returning to the west coast of Scotland
Crb With Bill Taylor

As they entered Cardigan Bay, the boys dropped in on Colin's former school teacher, Bill Taylor, who had taken leave from teaching in 1986 to join Richard Elliott and Mick Wibrew in the first ever circumnavigation of Britain and Ireland by sea kayak.

– Katrina Skeath

As the boys arrived in Ireland, ITV News produced a great report with some of the most stunning video footage from the journey:

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A few days later, the Campbelltown Courier carried news of the team's Machrihanish landfall, reporting a mere 115 miles remaining, and on Monday 24th July, 86 days after departing, Colin and Davis completed their circumnavigation.

Edited to add: BBC News has now gone live with a report -

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Through the project the Canoe Around Britain team has been raising thousands for Forget Me Not Children's Hospice in Mirfield (West Yorkshire).

Funds may be donated via the team's Just Giving page:

For further details of the team's pioneering adventure adventure see the Canoe Around Britain website: