Led by James Murray the expedition is a challenge to acquire the strength, skills and knowledge necessary to safely get from Ireland to Iceland under human power alone. No motors, no sails. Setting off from Dublin, Ireland in Summer 2021, different crew from various clubs will join for legs on the way to Iceland.
The aim of the trip is to fundraise for children in need. Charity to be announced soon.
Departing Dublin in May. The route will follow up Irelands east coast before crossing to Scotland.
Following up the Scottish coast, we'll stop into Oban, Isle of Skye and the Outer Hebrides.
We will cross from Stornoway to the Faroe Islands before preparing for the 250 mile push to Iceland.
Distance: Approx. 3000km
Sea Temperatures: 6-14 degrees Celsius
Trip length: 3-5 months
If you have experience with part of this route I'd love to hear from you to help inform our plans.
The aim is to pick up crew along the Irish, Scottish, Faroe and Icelandic coasts. With people joining to test themselves and to help with navigating local waters.
In 2018 I challenged myself to get from London to China by land cycling a tandem bike. What started as 20km a day, at sea level, in the Netherlands during the Summer, became 100km a day, at 4000 meters, in central Asia, during the Winter.
Reason for rowing:
My trip taught me that seemingly extraordinary things start small with something that anyone can do. From this I realised that even an idea like rowing from Ireland to Iceland is possible.
This expedition is a challenge to acquire the strength, skills and knowledge necessary to safely get from Ireland to Iceland
The whole hog
As a Yachtmaster, I've cruised and raced for many years, much of it off the glorious West coast of Scotland. I live with the sea on my doorstep in a small Fife Town that gave me the chance to serve ten years in the Lifeboat and fifteen in the Coastguard.
For three years I rowed sliding seat at college then stopped. But recently I found the phenomenal new sport of Scottish Coastal Rowing. Most days now see me out on the Firth of Forth in a fixed seat St Ayles Skiff, on my Liteboat Coastal Scull or a machine. The sport gave me the chance to row in sprint regattas, longer Loch races and Castle to Crane on the Clyde and the 2019 Skiffie Worlds Championships.
Reason for rowing:
I'm blessed. Life is good but hanging on the shoogly peg of health. Rowing has me in better shape in my New Life than ever I was in my working life. So not only does that feel good, there is an urge to achieve challenges that embrace what I enjoy. If I can help James achieve his and his good cause, then so much the better.
The Mull of Kintyre to the Butt of Lewis: the stunning and intriguing coast and islands of the West of Scotland
There are a number of other crew members currently in contact to join. They'll be added here once confirmed. Here's a good boy surfing in the meantime :)