Traditionally crews have left from London Bridge and rowed down the Thames, we are starting from Calshot near Southampton on the 8th of July leaving at 12.00. The reason we have chosen Southampton is that are doing this in aid of locally based charities and our skipper Jez is based in Southampton so all seem to make sense to start from Calshot. We will be heading clockwise and rowing down to Lands End then heading up the North Cornish course for a few miles before heading over to the east coast of Ireland. The reason for this is the prevailing winds and current make this a more a more practicable route. As much as we would like to row past Rhys’ home town of Lynmouth on the North Devon coast and up
the Welsh coast this is not possible. Depending on weather as we row along the Irish east coast we will head back over to the English coast line. Then comes the challanging Scotish coastline as we pick our way round the Scottish Islands and then head back down North Sea with East Anglia in our sights.Then it will be the busy shipping lanes of the Thames to cross and onto the Dover Straits were we will have to keep a close eye out for ferries. That will see us onto the home run, hopefully with the wind behind us we will be heading back to Calshot and home to be reunited with family, friends and supporters.
During the row we will be support by Chris Martin the race director of the the Great Pacific Race. Chris will be advising us on tides, weather and routes via a daily catch up.
How to Follow us
You will be able to follow us in the tracking page which will be updated regularly via the Yellow brick tracking device that we will have on board.
How to see us
If we are in your area and you would like to come out and see us or give us a wave from the shore you can always search for Island Voyager on one of the many AIS tracker apps and website. Give us a wave that would be amazing. We will be be in sight of the shore for most of the time.