The satellite tracker on their website, Kayaks on the Shetland Bus, shows that adventurers extraordinaire, Patrick Winterton from North Argyll and his co-paddler in an unaccompanied double-kayak, Olly Hicks, have made it across the North Sea to Bergen in Norway from Whalsay in Shetland.
The last recorded position was at Bergen at 21.00 last night, 19th July.
Cathy Winterton from the Scottish Association of Marine Science [SAMS] at Dunstaffnage north of Oban, and her’s and Patrick’s young daughter, Faraid, flew out to Bergen yesterday to meet the seafarers when they came in.
They’ll have paddled 200 miles of an inhospitable sea, navigated major North Sea oilfields, with all of their associated shipping, often in the fog that is a partner of our current weather pattern, without sleep for four days and three nights and without a support boat.
The two charities Patrick Winterton and Olly Hicks are supporting in this epic challenge cojld not be ore worthwhile – one safeguarding lives at sea, the other adding pleasure to the lives of very sick children – the Royal National Lifeboat Institute and the Make a Wish Foundation.