Athletes Set Record For Self-Powered Crossing From Scilly

Glenn Eldridge

Glenn Eldridge

A group of athletes set the time to beat in self-powered sea crossings from St Mary’s to Sennen yesterday.

The men and women on the Celtic Crossing were using five craft in total.

There were two double ocean skies with both a female and male crew. The men’s double did it in 4 hours, the women completed their journey 20 minutes later and both teams were faster than their expected 5 hour target.

There was also a single ski and a stand up paddle board.

Tom Butler used an 18 foot surf board and paddled using his hands. It took him just under 7 hours.

He told the crowds at Sennen that he’d experienced a “28 mile classroom of life” and that it was “incredible, but he wasn’t interested in doing it again.”

Mark Slater snapped his paddle 1km from the mainland but still managed to make it to shore in 6 hours and 30 minutes.

Support staff member Johnnie Wells said the conditions meant that most times wouldn’t be too hard to beat, but the stand up paddle and double ocean ski crossing were both firsts.

Glenn Eldridge got the idea for the event from entering a similar challenge in Hawaii in 2000.

He says he was more nervous crossing from Scilly this time than during the two previous paddles he’s made from the mainland, in 2004 and 2006.

He said it really hit him half way during the trip over, on a private boat before the event, when he couldn’t see land on either side of the horizon.

Glenn says they hoped to set some records but just doing that is a costly exercise. They’ve gone down the cheaper route, which is not to have Guinness officials there in person to ratify the times. They’ll submit witness data instead.

Glenn says they used yesterday’s event as a test and hope to return with a bigger and better annual contest in 2015. He says that the international event could rival big races like the Molokai in Hawaii.



2 Responses to Athletes Set Record For Self-Powered Crossing From Scilly

  1. steveno1 May 20, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    It was great to witness the preparations and watch them all come in safely after such an arduous crossing. It had to start somewhere! Next year, the sky’s the limit. 😉

  2. Jeff Eastick May 19, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Mad , but well done to all.