Celtic Crossing, Scilly Isles to Cornwall

June 2015


In the guide book it said that the kayak route from the Scilly Isles to Sennen Cove is 42km.  This is measured from a rock on the edge of the Scilly Isles to somewhere near Sennen.  However, the Celtic Crossing is actually 50km, from the heart of the Scillies to Sennen, and it was the 50km we wanted to do.
This had been my big challenge for this year, and it lived up to my expectations, and much, much more. 
I’ve done 99% of my SUPing on inland waters, so the sea is something different.  Not being able to see the waves is a challenge on it’s own, without having to do it for 50km.
We had a team of 5 – 4 highly experienced SUPers, (Carl and Jason Sawyer, Ian Phillips, and Mark Richardson), and me. 
Not only did I become the first registered blind person to do this paddle, but Carl and I became the first people to do the crossing on inflatable SUPs.  (It is thought that around 20 people have already done this SUP, the first in 2007, but all on solid boards.)  I guess nobody wants to hear their board go pop half way across!
The guys spotted puffins, dolphins and seals, (well that’s what they told the Blind Man).
A full write up will follow on the main site shortly, but to wet your appetite, here are a couple of pics from the paddle.

Deano heading out from the Scilly Isles at 05.10 - photo courtesy of Carl Sawyer

Deano heading out from the Scilly Isles at 05.10 – photo courtesy of Carl Sawyer

 

Cornwall can just be seen in the distance, with 2 tankers crossing in front of us - photo courtesy of Carl Sawyer

Cornwall can just be seen in the distance, with 2 tankers crossing in front of us – photo courtesy of Carl Sawyer

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