International Fire Fighter magazine is proud to support the 999 Round Britain Coastal Challenge 2014 as a media partner to this remarkable attempt.
On June 12th ten operational team members of Watersafe UK Search & Rescue Team (WUKSART) will be attempting to circumnavigate the entire coastline of Britain in a Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB) to raise funds for both WUKSART and the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI).
This unique challenge will be a great test to all involved as we aim to circumnavigate 1,999 miles of British coastline in just 9 days, 9 hours and 9 minutes. The event will start at Poole in Dorset which is the Headquarters of the RNLI and in a clockwise direction will stop off at certain RNLI lifeboat stations situated at strategic points along the British coastline with the event eventually finishing again at Poole lifeboat station.
On each leg of this challenge there will be a crew of six in the boat at all times and the main reason for this is for safety. As well as obviously needing a driver, there will be a person responsible for navigation and the other crew members will be responsible for the smooth running of the boat as well as safety officers looking out for dangers and communicating with the driver and rest of the crew. Once out at sea they will be totally alone and responsible for themselves and therefore self sufficient on each leg of the challenge.
Throughout the 9 day challenge a support crew will be liaising with the team and the RNLI and will be following our progress. The support crew will be meeting up with us at each RNLI lifeboat station at the end of each leg.
The route and the legs are;
12th June – Depart Poole in Dorset for RNLI Penlee near Penzance, Cornwall. Distance 150 Nautical Miles.
13th June – Depart Penlee for RNLI Fishguard, Wales. Distance 146 Nautical Miles.
14th June – Depart Fishguard for RNLI Port Erin, Isle of Man. Distance 134 Nautical Miles.
15th June – Depart Port Erin for RNLI Oban, West Coast of Scotland. Distance 147 Nautical Miles.
16th June – Depart Oban for RNLI Lochinver, North Scotland. Distance 142 Nautical miles.
17th June – Depart Lochinver for RNLI Fraserburgh, North East Coast of Scotland. Distance 167 Nautical miles.
18th June – Depart Fraserburgh for RNLI Whitby, North Yorkshire. Distance 200 Nautical Miles.
19th June – Depart Whitby for RNLI Harwich, Essex. Distance 191 Nautical Miles.
20th June – Depart Harwich for RNLI Littlehampton, South Coast. Distance 130 Nautical Miles.
21st June – Depart Littlehampton for RNLI Poole, Dorset. Distance 56 Nautical Miles.
Please look upon our challenge favourably and donate whatever you can.
For more information visit the dedicated webpage – www.999coastalchallenge.co.uk