The Golden Arc Expedition raises money for The Get Exploring Trust
Will McCreadie (aged 21 who lives in Hampshire) and George Parry (aged 22 who lives in Fulham), students at Durham university (who previously attended Wellington College) , just became the first British duo to successfully complete the formidable challenge of kayaking 2,000 miles from Grenada to Miami in an open kayak, unassisted. Relying solely on the equipment that they could carry and the hospitality of the locals, Will and George faced incredibly challenging conditions as they navigated their 22ft sea kayak through open water and treacherous reefs in the Atlantic and the Caribbean, at times paddling non-stop for over 24 hours with no land in sight.
The Golden Arc Expedition has taken over three months and taken Will and George through the windward and leeward islands of 18 different countries. They travelled at an average speed of 3 knots per hour and on a typical day would paddle non-stop for 12 hours. Starting on the island of Grenada, they first paddled through the Caribbean Islands before reaching Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Their journey continued through the Atlantic Ocean past the Turks and Caicos and finally through the Bahamas to Miami. They navigated The Mona Passage (nicknamed ‘Shark Alley”) which is renowned for its strong and variable currents. The last leg involved contending with the powerful gulf stream as they made the final 80 mile crossing to reach Miami.
The successful completion of this landmark voyage represents a remarkable feat of endurance. Not least has been the challenge of keeping hydrated in blistering temperatures, maintaining their stamina from a diet based on tinned pasta and dehydrated meals, carrying out essential repairs to their equipment and coping with sea and weather conditions (including Hurricane Matthew and Otto) that would have tested the most experienced sailors.
The aim of the Golden Arc Expedition is to raise money for the Get Exploring Trust. http://www.getexploringtrust.com/ga-expedition. The Get Exploring Trust is a charity which has been founded with the specific aim of encouraging young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to take part in more outdoor pursuits. The Trust offers small to medium size grants to individuals who need financial support to achieve this – the team have so far raised over £20,000. The expedition has been endorsed by Sir Ranulph Fiennes who commented: “They have created a great opportunity to make a significant impact by raising money to start the Get Exploring Trust to enable more young people to access the outdoors. Will and George will be tested throughout their extremely physical, mental and technically challenging expedition.”
Will McCreadie said: “This has undoubtedly been the toughest endurance test we have ever faced. The hardest part has been battling headwinds and strong currents during the long overnight crossings, knowing that we had to overcome fatigue and remain 100% focussed for every second of the trip.”