The 'Round the Isle of Man' sea kayak circumnavigation record was smashed by George Shaw yesterday, completing the 115km in 13 hours 33 minutes, using a standard Sea Kayaking UK (NDK) Explorer. . George left Peel, Fenella Beach at 5:58am and returned at 19:31.
Just off the phone to George now. He was really pleased with time, excellent training for the forthcoming Aleutian's 2012 Expedition. He said a key motivating factor were the spearmints in his BA!
George was assisted in carrying his kayak up the beach by his cousin Ian Moon, who also took a few pics : )
This category was previously held by Freya Hoffmeister, who recorded 14hrs and 7 minutes in 2006, also using a Sea Kayaking UK (NDK) Explorer.
John Willacy circumnavigated on 12th July 2010, measuring 62.2 Nautical Miles in 12 hours, 36 minutes, 32 seconds on a Rockpool Taran. .
In keeping with the ethos of self-self-sufficiency within sea kayaking, both were unsupported trips.