Entries open for the Scilly Kayak Challenge

Date posted: 28 February 2019

We’re running our sixth Kayak Challenge this year, around the magical and magnificent Scilly Isles.

The Challenge runs from the 18th-22nd May 2019. It gives up to 12 people the chance to take in sheltered coves and little-visited beaches, and steer under soaring cliffs and jutting headlands. Kayakers will get up close to wildlife - grey seals, and possibly visiting leatherback turtles, jellyfish, dolphins and porpoises. There’s the opportunity take part in a beach clean and get first-hand experience of the shocking rubbish that’s washed up, dropped or blown on to our beaches day after day. And all the while progressing sea kayaking skills and most importantly raising funds for MCS!

The coastal environment is interesting, unpredictable (although you always felt safe with your leaders), beautiful and inspiring…I would highly recommend it.

Brad Olde,
Kayak Challenger, 2017 and 2018
Kayak Challenge seal
© John Nicholls

The Challenge is open to anyone, and will again be led by the hugely experienced Nick Arding OBE. Nick has worked with MCS since 2013 when he and wife Philippa sea-kayaked the length of Britain for MCS, raising almost £4,000 and winning the charity’s Fundraiser of the Year award. The following year they ran the first Kayak Challenge around Cornwall and since 2015 have run the Scilly challenge.

Paddlers can either self-fund the expedition at £995 or agree a minimum sponsorship pledge of £745. Both require a deposit of £250 and the closing date for people wanting to take part is March 31st 2019.

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What our past Scilly challengers have told us:

Brad Olde: “The coastal environment is interesting, unpredictable (although you always felt safe with your leaders), beautiful and inspiring. Nick is always there to help you and give you accurate advice on paddling techniques and how to stay safe. I would highly recommend it but I’d say that it is worth putting in the training beforehand - then it couldn’t be any more worth it once you’re taking part in the challenge!”

Robyn Shilland: “The whole week was an incredible experience. The guides were fantastic and adapted to everyone’s ability levels, and continuously helped us as a group and individually to improve. The challenge was well organised and perfectly suited to a group of mixed experience.”

Mike Hunter: “It was the most amazing experience, well organised and expertly led by our friendly, supportive and knowledgeable instructors. I learnt a lot about sea kayaking, conservation and also more general stuff about camping and all kinds of things from the other participants.”

Georgina Smith: “We learnt about rescues which is a useful skill. And when one member of the group got in “the zone” and headed far away from everyone else they showed how they could kayak super-fast when required.”

Chris Edgar: “I feel more connected with the marine environment, with a sense that there is a lot of work needed to support and protect these areas.”

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Did you know?…

Over 1,000 marine wildlife sightings were reported to MCS last year

MCS encourages people to visit the coast, learn about the marine environment and enjoy it and provides ways they can help to keep it healthy and productive into the future

MCS launched its Beachwatch programme in 1994