Kite Britain: First kitesurfers to circumnavigate Britain in the name of ocean plastic

Date posted: 3 April 2018

Kite Britain is the brain-child of Stew Edge and Islay Symonette who will take on an epic 100-day adventure to kitesurf 3000 miles of British coastline. Their goal; to spread awareness of the importance our oceans, the problem of plastic marine litter and to inspire the next generation of kitesurfers, all while raising £100,000 for the Marine Conservation Society and Armada Trust.

Kite Britain

An amazing effort by Stew and Islay and I am sure will help keep the problem of marine litter high on the agenda. Litter is a problem all the way around the UK coast. We find so much on our beach cleans, we want to stop the plastic tide, and the efforts of Stew and Islay will help us achieve that goal

Dr Sue Kinsey,
Senior Pollution Policy Officer
Marine Conservation Society

Starting in April 2018, Stew Edge – who’s previous achievements include summiting Everest, crossing Antarctica by ski & kite as well as sailing the Atlantic twice – and his partner Islay Symonette – a kitesurf and sailing instructor – will launch Kite Britain and set out to raise £100,000 for The Marine Conservation Society and the Armada Trust. Stew says “I hope we can inspire the next generation of watersports enthusiast and also help protect our shores”, Islay notes that “sure there’ll be challenges, but they’ll be outnumbered by the experiences and people we meet along the way”.

The 3000 mile adventure starts in Hull and will see the pair kiting clockwise around the British coastline, kiting anything from between 20-40 miles a day depending on tides and wind-conditions and connecting with local kite clubs along the way. They will be flying the latest in foil and LEI kites kindly provided by Peter Lynn Kiteboarding and will have a 45ft liveaboard support boat skippered by Joe McIvor as they travel around the coast.

The Marine Conservation Society is delighted to be part of such a breathtaking mission. We can all play our part in reducing the amount of plastic used from refusing straws, reusing our shopping bags and taking refillable cups and water bottles when we are out and about. Wishing Stew and Islay good luck on what will be a incredible adventure! Donate now to support this epic quest to #STOPthePlasticTide

Do you want to help stop the plastic tide? We are currently calling on UK governments to put a charge on single-use plastic throwaway items and demanding that big fast food chains stop giving out millions of plastic cups, stirrers, straws and cutlery but instead replace them with reusable or fully compostable alternatives.

Actions you can take

  1. Help us stop the plastic tide
  2. Download the Great British Beach Clean Report 2019

Did you know?…

Plastic has been found in the stomachs of almost all marine species including fish, birds, whales, dolphins, seals and turtles

Since the carrier bag charge came in across the UK, the Great British Beach Clean has recorded almost 50% fewer bags on beaches

Every day millions of microplastics enter the sea from personal care products such as scrubs and toothpastes

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