If at first you don’t succeed, sail, sail again. That’s the mantra of dinghy adventure sailor Ken Fowler who is back on the water with his latest “dizzy adventure”. Back in 2017 he took his 12 foot RS Aero dinghy along the length of Great Britain, covering 865 miles of action filled sailing in his “Race To Scotland”. Fog banks, nuclear submarine exercises, giant whirlpools and surf beach landings typified the roller coaster ride of taking on this challenging route. Having pushed his body to the limit with 10-12 hour days in the dinghy he managed to raise a staggering £37,000 for two cancer charities. Most sailors would give themselves a pat on the back; say “Well done” and walk away feeling “Mission Accomplished”. But not Ken.
For Ken and Yoda (his RS Aero dinghy) it was more a feeling of “Unfinished Business” having set themselves the target of raising £50,000 for cancer charities and come up short. So in order to finish the job Ken came up with the equally crazy idea of becoming the first dinghy to sail around all the islands in England and Wales. This turned out to be a bigger challenge than he thought, once he started discovering more and more islands! So far the count is up to 183 islands and over 1000 miles of sailing – but who knows what the final totals might be?
The 183 islands vary in size from the 120 miles around Anglesey in Wales to the multitude of stunning “Caribbean” islands of the Isles of Scilly, some of which are only around 30m in length! Each island has its own intriguing history such as “Deadman’s Island” – full of coffins and bones that are visible at low tide and the Napoleonic forts guarding the home of the British navy at Portsmouth.
The sailing is going to be challenging with multiple islands in the Severn estuary where the tidal range is 49 feet – about four times bigger than Ken’s dinghy. In other locations the islands are over 10 miles off shore or involve surf beach landings, so no day is going to be a straight forward one!
For some of the adventure Ken will be out there on his own travelling and living out of his 20 year old VW campervan as he travels between the launch sites. For some of the more challenging sections a support crew will follow his journey along the coastline and monitor his progress on GPS tracking. They will be in constant contact either by radio or phone.
Safety will be provided by emergency equipment on board and a GPS tracking his position at all times, which will be available live on the internet– a great way to follow the adventure.
You can find out more about his adventures by following him on Facebook at “Yodare”, on Twitter @goyodare and at www.yodare.co.uk where you can find out all about the amazing islands of England and Wales and follow his progress live on the “Where’s Ken” GPS tracker.
So why not become an armchair adventurer, learn all about the amazing islands, their intriguing histories, and most importantly help raise money for two amazing charities.
Yodare – sailing to make a difference.