Those cheery guys from Sleeping Giant Media have been fundraising again, this time in kayaks for Combat Stress, which provides free support for British war veterans suffering from depression, PTSD and similar conditions. Click here to see their video on YouTube. They paddled round the Kent coast in August, and you still have time to contribute to their £10,000 target. To donate, text CSGM49 plus the amount you wish to donate to 70070, or visit their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/ChallengeSGM2013
So, what is a kayak? “The kayak is far and away the best one-man boat in existence.” Fridtjof Nansen, polar explorer, Norwegian diplomat and Nobel prize-winner. He was talking about the classic Greenland kayak. Today the sit-on-top kayak is more popular because a total beginner can climb on and go paddling.
A sea kayak is :
- fast. A classic sea kayak can easily go faster and further than a walker, fast enough to go against a current.
- quick to get ready. Put it on your car, drive to a beautiful place, launch and go.
- light. Just carry it down the beach, or hook it up in the roof of your garage, or even take it in the lift up to a city-centre flat.
- slim. A sea kayak will take you through a reed bed, into a cave, up a narrow river, or between a tide race and the cliffs.
- beautiful. More than one sculptor has kept a Greenland kayak for inspiration in the studio.
- affordable. A good one can take thirty or forty years of hard use, and you can make a tough and lovely sea kayak for next to nothing.
- it's great for wildlife. A sea kayak is low, fast and silent so you see nature up close. No flapping sails, squeaking oars or engine noise.
- .... but most of all, a sea kayak is seaworthy. A trained sea kayaker in the right kayak can cope with waves, surf and wind from the Arctic to the tropics. When you're experienced, you can do things that would make a sailor or powerboater's jaw drop. Kayakers often like to go where there aren't any yachts or powerboats.