Are you up for a unique paddling experience in Spirit Dancer ?
Spirit Dancer is a unique voyage which starts in London in May 2008 and circumnavigates Britain clockwise to finish in London in 2010
CANI has been asked to help the SCA, publicise and look for paddlers (18yrs or older) for a month’s journey in Scottish and Irish waters starting in Port Carlisle on the English side of the Solway Coast, crossing to Ireland and back, and finishing for the summer in Cullipool on the Island of Luing. Timing of the trip is dependant on the weather but the intended dates are:-
5th September Leave Port Carlisle
11th September arrive at Portpatrick via Rockcliffe, Kirkcudbright, Isle Whithorn & Mull of Galloway.
16th September arrive at Rathlin via Donaghadee, Bangor & the Antrim Coast
22nd September arrive at Greenock via Mull of Kintyre, Campbeltown, Brodick, and Largs
27th September arrive at Crinan via Dunoon, Rothesay, Kyles of Bute and Ardrishaig.
7th October arrive at Cullipool via Islay, Jura and Corryvreckan
Spirit Dancer is a 12 person open canoe based on the cedar wood Voyager Canoes used by the Indians on the east coast of Canada but has been custom built for the challenges of open ocean paddling in the UK. It is 42 feet (12.8 meters) long by 67 inches (1.7metres) broad (see photos)
The canoe is made from fibreglass and wood and a full spray deck encases the paddlers with individual cockpits as in a standard kayak. It is paddled using single bladed "Canadian" paddles from a seated position.
The organiser of the project is Chris Cooper from British Columbia who has been a professional guide and explorer in Canada for the past 30 years. He has been instrumental in opening up the Voyageur Canoe business in Canada and is now bringing it to the UK for this unique journey.
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