Tiderace supports… Natalie and Michal around the UK

Natalie and Michal Maderova are making final preparations for their round the UK kayaking trip. They head east from their home on April 1 from the banks of the River Thames in the heart of London then turn south to start their clockwise circumnavigation of the UK.I met them in the unlikely location of Canary Wharf and met two incredibly special kayakers.

Across the River Thames London Image by Michal Maderova

Across the River Thames London Image by Michal Maderova

Natalie and Michal are raising funds for two great causes; the Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre which runs activities for local young people, and Joshua’s Journey a fund set up to help pay for treatment for Joshua who suffers from brain damage and cerebral palsy. Tiderace are helping to support them. They have both taken time out of their normal working lives for the trip. Natalie is a special needs teacher and works with young people with severe learning and difficult and complex needs. Michal is a builder specialising in property refurbishment and a photographer. A couple of weeks ago they picked up their new Tiderace boats.

Kayaks of choice

Already Tiderace paddlers, they wanted boats of matching size and speed and ones they could be confident about doing in any in-field repairs. They opted for almost matching Xplore L kayaks, which they think is the best choice for their expeditions – fast and with great load carrying capacity.

Final preparations

They are now in their final stages of preparations to leave. They have built up their paddling confidence and skills in different and challenging conditions. Their flat is rented out, bags are packed, detailed itineraries causing nervousness.  They have their boats and a pile of kit. They are effectively homeless. It’s time to panic but there is just not enough time for that.

Natalie says “the first two weeks will be hard but after that I think we will settle into our own rhythm”. I think they have already made the hardest decision, the one to start the journey.

Their route will take them travel clockwise around the UK, with first the logistics of the east coat flat tidal landing and launches to negotiate, then they need to safely navigate the waterways past Dover, then westwards towards Devon and Cornwall. And then turn the corner keeping the land on their right.

They aim to keep their site HomeSeaHome as active as possible, supplying updates and pictures to connect with home and raise publicity. We here at Tiderace will also be doing what we can to help.

Natalie says “the first two weeks will be hard but after that I think we will settle into our own rhythm”. I think they have already made the hardest decision, the one to start the journey.

I wish you all the luck in the world. Stay connected when you can.
Keep up with their progress on their blog HomeSeaHome. Read more about their causes
Shadwell Basin Outdoor Activity Centre and Joshua’s Journey

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