This world oceans day – Wednesday 8th June – two brave and tireless ‘go-getters’, Amber Nuttall (BLUE Ambassador) and Kate Bright will attempt to SUP (stand up paddle board) 21 miles across the turbulent waters of the English Channel. Their journey has been braved by many swimmers over the years and recently a couple of male SUP pioneers but has never before been attempted by a woman. Over the course of the 10 hours challenge the pair will have to navigate passing ferries, tankers and fishing fleets, braving Europe’s busiest maritime highway and who knows what the Great British weather will have in store for them.
Amber and Kate will be leaving from the beaches of Dungeness, negotiating the murky grey waves and missioning vessels of the English Channel, heading for Bologne-sur-Mer. They will need to cope with a series of inevitable and unenviable falls into the chilly waters in order to complete their challenge.
Funds raised from their challenge will go towards BLUE’s Solent Oyster Restoration Project which will bring benefits to the marine environment and Solent communities. A healthy native oyster population will not only help to restore seabed and saltmarsh ecosystems but will bring wider benefits to fish stocks, harbours and high streets around the Solent.
To support Amber and Kate in their challenge, please make a donation on their Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AmberandKate4Blue