BOARDER made it half way across the 21 mile stretch in just a fleece, shorts and cap before being caught and questioned by Border Force officials
I will see your English Channel, and raise you the Pacific Ocean.
San Diegan's 63-Day Odyssey : Solo Kayak Paddler Makes It to Hawaii
No, really - Americans are just that bonkers. "With an empty stomach and hands bloody from paddling, a San Diego man whose relatives had feared was lost arrived in his kayak on the Hawaiian island of Maui on Thursday morning, completing a 63-day odyssey from the West Coast.
Ed Gillet, 36, is believed to be the first person to complete a solo kayak trip from the West Coast to the Hawaiian Islands.
"I'm very glad I did it now that I'm here," Gillet told United Press International by telephone from a hotel on Maui. "But there were times during my trip when I thought it was a terrible mistake."
Gillet departed Monterey Bay June 25 in his 21-foot kayak for what was expected to be a 40-day trip to Hawaii. Instead, it took him 63 days to travel the 2,400 miles, prompting relatives to contact the U.S. Coast Guard, the commandant of the Navy and even President Reagan for help in finding him.
Gillet's wife, Katie Kampe, was en route to Maui to join her husband, said Alex Oppedyk, who works at the Point Loma kayak shop owned by Gillet and Kampe. Oppedyk said Gillet telephoned the shop at about 11:15 a.m. Thursday to tell them he had arrived in Hawaii safely."
Frankly, 30 days is a long kayak expedition even if one makes landfall every night, but 63 days at sea? Bonkers.
Good try mate. Next up California to Hawaii? Oh, and remember Southern California is not the shortest distance between California, and Hawaii. Google Earth will help you map an appropriate route.
As my mother always said before I left on a wacky month long, or year long adventure - "Don't forget to write." Heh.