In 2008 Rowland Woollven and Cath Tanner are to fulfil a long-held dream the circumnavigation of mainland Great Britain by sea kayak. Fewer than 20 people have completed this journey since Nigel Dennis and Paul Caffyn made the first circumnavigation in the 1980's. Of those, only 3 have been women, so Cath will become only the 4th woman round Britain. Rowland will, at 54, be the oldest paddler by far to complete the circumnavigation! The expedition has already gained the support of Cath's employers Duchy College, Cornwall (they have granted her a sabbatical for the duration of the expedition), and Nigel Dennis, one of the UK's leading paddlers and a sea kayak manufacturer. Nigel has sponsored Rowland as a Sea Kayaking UK sponsored paddler for many years, and has provided Cath with a custom built Explorer LV for her to use. At the end of the expedition, Cath too will become a Nigel Dennis sponsored paddler.


The Expedition

In the summer of 1925 the Danish government relocated 90 Inuit from their original settlement of Angmagssalik, the only settlement on the East coast, to a settlement they created at Scoresby Sound. This expedition will attempt to reconnect the two communities by kayak, the original form of transport of the Inuit, by sea kayaking from Scoresby Sound to Angmagssalik, a distance of over 600 miles.


Witness Listening to the people of Greenland 

At the end of May 2009 we flew over the pack ice on our way to do Upernavik, the departure point for our trip, many questions filled our heads. Will we be equal to the challenge? Have we thought of everything? Have we not set off too early? But once we have landed, there is no room for any doubts the preparations take priority taking delivery of the kayaks, checking the equipment, checking certain information about the route, finding a rifle
The project had been growing in our minds for a long time, but had only really taken shape eight months earlier.


Isle of Man Sea Kayak Symposium - 27th & 28th Sept 2014

Isle of Man Sea Kayak Symposium

27th and 28th September 2014

Paddle the stunning coastline, using conditions on the day to the best advantage for a weekend of individualised skills development, whilst looking out for the wildlife!


Phone: 01624 843 034


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Meet the UK kayak-maker selling to the Inuit

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The Daily Telegraph - "Nigel Dennis can scarcely remember the last time he received any publicity in his local newspaper, n...ever mind on the Global economic stage. But yesterday his small company found itself endorsed by David Cameron".

If you don't have a copy you can check out an e-version. We should perhaps mention it was a UK circumnavigation that Nigel was the first to complete and Nathalie and Alain are from Monaco!!

The Daily Telegraph

5th of September 2011

Irish Sea Swim: Ronan Keating reaches Dublin

Sea Kayaking UK support team for The Swim.

A team of celebrities completed their gruelling 56-mile (90km) charity swim across the Irish Sea from Holyhead on Thursday morning.

Olympic medallist swimmer Steve Parry, pop star Ronan Keating, TV presenters Jenny Frost and Jason Bradbury, and Strictly star Pamela Stephenson arrived north of Wicklow pier at 08:18 BST.

It took them 35 hours and 18 minutes to complete the challenge.