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Earth Positive Paddling For Freedom Challenge 2017/2018

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As many of you will know, we had to curtail our challenge last year after 4 days of epic paddling. We vowed that we would finish the challenge as a thank you to all those who sponsored us last year.

That time is now upon us! On the 28th June we leave Aberporth and start a 4 day journey to Tenby, finishing on the 1st July!

Please take a look around the site to meet the crew and learn all about why we are undertaking this challenge

If you would like to donate to this fanatic cause, please click here or on the JustGiving logo in the menu.

Thanks for visiting our site!
John Legg
Challenge Organiser

Our Challenge

Our challenge is to kayak the Welsh Coast from Puffin Island in the North to Tenby in Pembrokeshire, South Wales over a period of 9 days.

The distance will be approximately 250 miles and our challenge will be one of the toughest undertaken by Sea Shepherd UK volunteers in recent years. We will be at the mercy of the weather, the tides and our own stamina as we head around Anglesey, all down the West coast of Wales and the loop around St. David’s before heading along the South coast of Wales to Tenby. The video below shows the route.

None of us has ever undertaken such a journey at Sea in a kayak and we will be training hard in all aspects of Sea Kayaking in the months leading up to the challenge.

More details of the route will appear here as we complete the complex planning associated with such an expedition.


Our Team

The Paddling For Freedom team is made up exclusively of Sea Shepherd UK volunteers. Between us we have travelled to various parts of the world in a bid to help Sea Shepherd defend, conserve and protect our valuable oceans.
For a profile of each team member, please click on the pictures  below.

Support Crew

Behind every successful challenge team there is a vital support crew. Ours is made up of Sea Shepherd volunteers who are generously giving up their time to help with the transport, logistics and most importantly keeping us fed and watered! For a profile of each support crew member, please click on the pictures  below.

Our Blog

Safety First!

I am ready. I can’t believe it it’s been a long time coming, but I’ve only got a couple of days to go. My equipment is checked safe and loaded in the dry bags, all the mapping is finalised and all we have

Sea Shepherd UK

Sea Shepherd UK’s Mission Statement

Sea Shepherd UK is a registered marine conservation charity whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife around the UK’s coastline and across the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.

Sea Shepherd UK uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities commited against marine wildlife and habitats. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd UK works to ensure their survival for future generations.

More about Sea Shepherd UK

Sea Shepherd UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (Charities Commission registration number: 1110501). The objectives of Sea Shepherd UK are to conserve and protect the UK’s and the world’s marine ecosystems, habitats and species. Sea Shepherd UK may also engage in conservation activities to protect freshwater habitats/species and provide support and funding to international marine conservation campaigns.

Sea Shepherd UK endeavours to accomplish its goals through public education, investigation, documentation and where appropriate (and where legal authority exists under international law or under agreement of national governments) to enforce conservation laws and prevent violations of the international treaties, laws and conventions meant to protect the oceans. It is also the Sea Shepherd UK’s goal to outreach to the UK public via talks, presentations and events to educate people about the importance of marine conservation.

Sea Shepherd UK currently manages a campaign called the ‘Seal Defence Campaign’ which started around mainland Scotland in April 2014, extended to Northern England, the Hebrides and Orkney Islands and Sea Shepherd UK is planning our third year of the campaign starting June 2016.

Sea Shepherd UK has also joined the ‘Great Australian Bight Alliance’ which is opposing the drilling by BP and other companies of the pristine waters of the Australian Bight – home to over 85 unique marine species and an important whale migratory route and nursery.

Sea Shepherd UK’s primary operations area covers: England, Scotland, Wales, Jersey, Northern Ireland and Gibraltar.

Sea Shepherd UK cooperates whenever possible with national and international law enforcement agencies. Sea Shepherd UK adheres to the utilization of non-violent principles in the course of all actions in the protection of the oceans. Sea Shepherd UK at times offers rewards for information leading to the successful conviction of individuals or groups for specific crimes against marine wildlife. Sea Shepherd UK operates (where UK laws and Charity Commission Regulations allow) in cooperation with the ‘Sea Shepherd Movement’ around the world and liaises with Sea Shepherd Global on campaigns outside of the UK.