In contrast to the Norwegian fisherman who would only sail when the conditions were bad enough to ground the German Luftwaffe, the expedition will attempt the 388 km trip from Lerwick to Bergen over three days in July with a fair forecast. During the last 44 nautical miles of the expedition, one mile in memory of each man lost during the operation, Winterton, Berwick, and Hicks will race to the finish at the Shetland Bus memorial in Bergen.
Kokatat has equipped the paddlers with PFD’s and its legendary GORE-TEX® Dry Suits to keep them warm and protect them in the cold and hostile Northern Sea environment. The team will also be carrying Kokatat GORE-TEX® Storm Cags for additional comfort when they rest and for protection in an emergency situation.
The journey is expected to take at least four days and three nights, with the team expecting to land in Bergen, Norway on July 19th. Each team member will prepare a standard single sea kayak carrying enough supplies of food and water for seven days along with the compulsory satalite phones, satellite trackers, GPS, EPIRB, flares, and Kokatat dry suits. Throughout the crossing sat-phone contact will be made with base every 6 hours to pin point position.
The team expects to get between 2-4 hours rest in each 24-hour period. As far as possible they will drink every 20 minutes, eat every hour and take a twenty-minute catnap every four hours. The best way to stay warm at night is to paddle, but it is also the easiest way to get seasick. Depending on conditions, the team will try to sleep through the darkest 2-3 hours of the night provided it is calm enough to do so. Insulated cockpits, Blizzard Survival heat packs and Reed kayak tents will keep the paddlers warm while they sleep.
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