Sea Kayaker
Sandy Robson

Sponsors



Sponsors Make the Dream a Reality and are critical to my success...
Please can I say THANKYOU to everyone who has helped me so generously.  
I would especially like to thanks recent sponsors who have jumped on board - coming soon to the list below... James Midgley in Port Moresby - he is organising my support boat from Alotau to Port Moresby, Jason Yip and Sport Fishing PNG who are planning my support boat from Port Moresby to Dary, PUMA Energy for donated Fuel, Ela Motors for providing an Alotau based boat and motor for support, Aaaron and all the team at the Royal Papua Yacht Club for arrangements for the Port Moresby arrival and assisting with finding local business houses who have been so generous in their help, Adventure Equipment in Cairns for some new outdoor action pants to get me through to the end, Sea Swift for offering freight of my kayak from Saibai to Cairns at the conclusion of my expedition and many many kind souls who have been rallying around me.
 
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Please contact Sandy if you would like to offer sponsorship…
More help is needed. Emailrobsonsandy@hotmail.com
 
 
I am the proud recipient of the Nancy Bird Walton Award for 2015 and AG has kindly made a donation to get me over the finish line in 2016. You can follow my journey through stories in AG Magazine, Subscribe online today.



Tahe Outdoors Ltd
are sponsoring my continuing journey to the finish line by providing a new Tahe kayak for me once I reach Australia and any parts needed as I paddle through PNG in the Tahe Reval Midi kayak.

   
 
TNT
in PNG are sponsoring my expedition with Air Freight and organisation of my food and equipment drops whilst I paddle around PNG. This is a fantastic fast and reliable way to move my goods across the country to reach me as I require. THANKS to Doug and all the team at TNT.

 
No Roads Expeditions have kindly volunteered to help me with receiving food drops and replacement equipment required during the PNG leg of my journey.  Check out their great adventures - they really understand expedition logistics and are making my trip a lot easier with their support.

   
Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea are providing a great network of support people for my expedition around the PNG coast.  I am really appreciating this support of the local watersports community.
 
           
 
Consort have kindly sponsored my expedition support crew from Madang around to Lae, along with accommodation and office use in Lae and some sea charts and laminating to help keep me on track. Big Thanks!
 Paradise New Wewak Hotel
(logo coming soon)

Miharu and the team at the Wewak Hotel are the friendliest people in Wewak.  I feel like a part of the family after all of the help I received from their extended family of Aunts and Uncles around the shores of PNG. Miharu organised for me support boats, fuel and rations, invited me to dinner and bent over backwards to assist in any way possible!

  
Phillip and the team at the In-Wewak Boutique Hotel generously hosted me during my Wewak stay and donated food and laundry too.  This is a luxurious place to feel safe and at home in Wewak. My kayak was securely stored in their downtown compound during my stay.
 

Tupira Surf Club team supported my expedition from Daigul to Madang and I stayed with them for 2 nights at the Resort in Ulingan Bay.  It was a fabulous experience all round and I recommend them for your watersports holiday to surf, SUP or canoe in PNG.

           
 
Jerry and the team at  Jais Aben Resort generously hosted me overnight in a luxurious waterfront bungalow, including meals during my stay and provided pizzas and srinks for my support crew on arrival at the resort. This is a great place to base yourself to explore the islands of Madang.

 
           

Big thanks to Madang Resort for hosting me for 4 nights in Madang town as I prepared for the journey around to Lae.

Streamhead Kayak & The Sea Kayak Owners Club of Indonesia (SKOCI) have provided an amazing support network for me right across Indonesia, contact Pak George and Marcel all of your for kayak needs in Indonesia.


Kayakasia Paddlesports
are the leading kayak travel provider in Asia.  Kayakasia go to Thailand, Malaysia, Phillipines, Indonesia...check it out.  They are also selling both folding and regular sea kayaks. Contact Huey for all your kayaking needs.
  

   
Lyon Outdoor in the UK...BIG thanks for sending to Indonesia a new water resistant Petzyl Head Torch and an Aquapac to keep my mobile phone nice and dry.

Campers Corner
are the best place to get any Outdoor Gear that you need in Singapore and there is even a coffee shop in the store - you can't beat that!



Kayak in Kerala thankfully teamed up with Elcome (below) to provide my Nautical Charts for Indonesia. KIK are providing eco-friendly tourism a fantastic place for a kayak adventure - Kerala Backwaters in the South of India. Contact Dani for more details. He also sells Tahi Sea Kayaks in India.




Thanks to Elcome, I have all the charts I need right through to Australia.  Elcome do print on demand BA charts and are the leading marine technologies system integrator in the Middle East. Check out their website link for further details of their services.

I can't thanks Kongsberg Maritime enough for helping me to get my kayak into Singapore when circumstances dictated it must be shipped in from Bangladesh. Thanks to Grant Rawlinson and all of the team for your support.
 
My local partner for my expedition through Bangladesh is Safety Assistance For Emergencies (SAFE).  They have met me on remote islands, helped me with accommodation and travel arrangements and much much more.  Thanks to Moshiur and his team for the wonderful way that you have enhanced my Bangladesh experience.

 
I am promoting Eco-Tourism and responsible travel on this journey so it makes me proud to be sponsored for 2-nights at Mermaid Eco-Resort. 
Their commitment to being a leader in sustainable practices in Bangladesh tourism is inspiring. Please, choose them for your Cox's Bazar stay.

  The team at Guide Tours are the experts for your Bangladesh Travel needs, especially in the Sunderbans where they kindly assisted me with boat transfer and bookings, as well as advice for other areas in Bangladesh Coast.  If you are coming to Bangladesh please contact them for the best experience.
 
The team at Quest Expeditions are my ground support for India - Stage 2 - 4 of the Expedition.  If you are coming to India, contact them for all of your adventure needs whether it be kayaking, kiting, surfing, cycle tours, trekking....Jehan and his crew will look after you. They have provided me with technical expertise, knowledge of India, contacts, gear & logistical help for which I cannot thank them enough.

Mainpeak
are the major kayaking and camping equipment sponsor for my expeditions. They are a service oriented supplier of premium quality outdoor and adventure equipment. They also have an excellent online store so you can order from home.


 

Sea To Summit Australia
 is a worldwide manufacturer of high quality outdoor, backpacking and travel products and accessories. Thanks to Ian & Henry at Sea To Summit for donating a WE tent, dry bags and all sorts of kayaking gear for this expedition.
 
 
Flat Earth Kayak Sails 
specializes in sails and sailing accessories for all types of kayaks.
 They have donated sail kits for this expedition and helped me put a sail on the folding kayak too.
 

Jellyfish Watersports is an exciting new venture launched on India's West Coast. They jumped onboard to sponsor my paddle up the India East coast through Orissa and West Bengal.
 
Mulberry Tree Childcare have linked up with the Retracing Oskar Speck Expedition & I am going to be sending them stories and photos to use in their centres as well as meeting the kids for some 'Adventurer' talks.



  Surfing Yogis combine 3 simple joys...surfing, yoga and nature. They aim to bring people together to share nature and adventure. The website says it all with amazing images from Odisha in India where they are supporting my journey.
 

Marc from the Hotel Pearl & Adam's Bridge Resort is my major sponsor in Sri Lanka, he has helped my expedition with amazing support for my arrival and stay in Sri Lanka.  I stayed at his kite-camp at Thalaimannar and he also hosted me in Negombo.

 
Aussie Crates
have been amazing! They donated a shipping crate so that I could send a kayak to India for Stage 3 of my expedition.  Check them out for all of your timber packaging solutions.  Your goods will arrive safe in an Aussie Crate.

 
A new sponsor for Stage 3-4, WA paddling legend Terry Bolland & Canoeing Down Under have provided a Werner Paddle to power the next 7000+kms and a new PFD too!  Thanks to Terry for his amazing support of this expedition and kayaking in WA. Take a look at the newsletter, & get down to the store for Avon Descent advice and all your kayaking needs.

 

Karel Vissel from Kayak Weather supports kayak expeditions worldwide with the most up-to-date weather sent to the paddler by sms or email. This makes the paddling easier and safer, Thanks Karel!
 
 
  Madras Fun Tools is run by a team of kayakers who love the sport and want to see it grow in India. Their team has the aim to make the highest quality kayaking equipment available in India through their online store and they are also coordinating kayak hire & training for those of you who want to give the sport a try.  Madras Fun Tools have kindly donated a paddle float to add to my kayak safety equipment.
 

Fellow Aussie, Mike Chomley is an avid adventure-watersports fan living in Sri Lanka where he runs Kitekuda and the Sri Lanka Kite School Project.  Mike is sponsoring my expedition with his excellent local knowledge and a night accommodation in his kite camp. Thanks Mate!

 

Thanks to Nanda and the team at 
Elektronik Lab, I now have sea charts loaded on my Garmin GPS for easy navigation. Elektronik Lab are perfect for all of your GPS requirements in India...they have also helped me out with accommodation, gear storage, flights, posting items, ph calls, sea charts...AMAZING supporters and friends.


 

Eckla in Germany are proud to donate the Eckla-Foldy. It is a sea kayak cart with a difference, and Eckla have a whole range of trolleys for all your kayak transport needs and more.  They are sending me out spare parts too as I need them.

 

My friends at 
Expedition Kayaks have offered their support on this expedition. I know I can rely on them to help me out if I need anything posted out to me. Checkout their excellent Online kayaking store.
 
 


Dilsiri and the team at 
Kitesurfing Lanka are sponsoring my journey with expert local knowledge, accommodation in Colombo and phone support as required. Check out their fantastic website if you are planning a trip to Sri Lanka.
 
 

Row Gear 
are Western Australia's one stop shop for all of your rowing needs.  They also have boat lights for sea kayakers to use on night paddles and small waterproof strobes that can be used in many camping applications.  Thanks to Row Gear for their help with sponsorship of Stage 2 of my expedition.

 

Sea Kayak Club WA
 is my home club, supporting me and promoting my expedition. They are behind me all the way from Germany to Australia.



The 
Victorian Sea Kayak Club have generously donated the tracking of my progress on the ‘VSKC Expeditions’ page of their website and some postage of food and gear from Australia.





Have you seen the 
Paqua range of waterproof cases yet? I am switching to Paqua because they are a 100% Australian company producing a great range of durable and well tested products. You can trust Paqua to keep your valuables dry.

 

Rafta Kayaks 
have donated the mini-strobe light for my PFD.  They are the home of the Australian made Sea Leopard Kayaks and also sell these strobes and other lights for night paddles.  You can order these online.  In calm conditions visible from 2-3 nautical miles!



Pete's Automotive Products teamed up with The International Hotel in Kochi to host me and provide sponsorship that assisted me through Kerala and Tamil Nadu to conclude Stage 2 of my expedition. Big Thanks for your generous support.

 
Paddlemag is an e-zine (digital publication) for paddlers of all persuasions, from sea kayakers to whitewater paddlers, SUPers to canoeists, ocean ski racers to rafters... if it involves a paddle and a sense of adventure, they're across it. They are publishing my story as the expedition unfolds.


Dragoman Travel
 generously hosted me in Kaş, Turkey and provided local knowledge and equipment required for my trip in Turkey and Cyprus. They are your one stop Turkey travel planners. If you want to go on a great adventure in Turkey, check out their sea kayaking, trekking, diving, mountain-biking and a host of other tours and great travel advice.  For experienced paddlers they do hire kayaks.

  I think Mr Haris is perhaps the 'best host in India'.  He hosted me at the Sea Shell Haris Beach Home during Stage 2 of my expedition.  If you are going to Kerala put Kannur on your list.

 

Nongsa Point Marina & Resort gave me a warm welcome to Indonesia. World class customer service and a beautiful part of the Indonesian coast.
 
Mustak Mepani & The Hotel President helped get Stage 2 of my journey off to an amazing start by hosting me in Jamnagar, Gujarat. Jamnagar is the gateway to exploring the Marine National Park and Gulf of Kutch. Mustak is an amazing host.



Magico Do Mar Resort is right on the beach in Gujarat & very close to Diu. They sponsored me with two nights accommodation including all meals... it was simply a pleasure to stay with them.  Check them out for your trip to India.




Did you know they make kayaks in Baroda? Baroda Polyform are forerunners in the roto-moulding industry and are renowned in the manufacture of roto-moulding machinery & products.  Thanks to Rustom and the whole Patell family & the Wadia family of Porbander for their support of my expedition in India.
 
Tony and Chad at Panelvan Conversions WA have sponsored Stage 2 & 3 of my expedition with use of their workshop space and donation of their expertise for my equipment preparations.  Tony created the deck plate for my kayak sail rig on the folding kayak.  I can definitely vouch for the quality of their workmanship.
  At Nikos Tavern you ...
Eat Greek & Live Longer
If you are in Melbourne, check out the sponsors of the Greek leg of the journey at :
190 Mt Dandenong Road
Ringwood East
           
  PlaceScape works with organisations and community groups to create parks and open spaces. They are promoting the health benefits of people connecting with green landscapes and are generous sponsors toward Stage 2 of the expedition.  
  Capricorn Seakayaking are Western Australia’s Sea Kayaking Eco-tour specialists. They kindly donated a flight to Sydney so I could visit the Maritime Museum to research this trip.
  Alanya Marina hosted me during my stay there and provided hotel style accommodation, meals and the best advice, contacts and local knowledge for the Eastern Mediteranean.  Special thanks to Hasan Kaçmas and his team.
  During Stage 1, Kos Marina in Greece helped me out with storage of my kayak during my stay there, useful advice for the journey, media links, accommodation and help with finding supplies and equipment that I needed to source.

  
Serbian Veslaci or Serbian Paddlers have given me a huge amount of help and support on my journey. If you are going into Serbia you need this link! Contact them for paddling on the Cava, Drina, Donav, and any other rivers in the Balkans, they are fantastic people with awesome local knowledge.
  The Tour International Danube (TID) is an annual event open to kayakers, canoeists and rowers all over the world.  Complete the entire 2516kms or a short section...this is the adventure of a lifetime!  Of course the TID organisers contributed amazingly to Stage 1 of my journey and I have made several fantastic new friendships - Thankyou.
 

Out-Trade Germany donated the Nortik Argo for my 3-Seas expedition & other kit for the Feathercraft kayak.  They are definitely your one stop shop for all of your folding kayak needs.

 
 During Stage 1, I paddled the LettmannMagellan seakayak for over 4000km from Ulm to Cyprus. The Lettmann family hosted me at their factory/home, helped fit my sail, custom made me a repair kit & helped me with the equipment that I needed to purchase at the beginning of the journey. They also sent out replacement equipment to reach me in Macedonia and Turkey. They have a great online store that is easy to use and top notch customer service. A HUGE thankyou to the whole Lettmann team. 
 

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Centre


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I would also like to thank all of these wonderful people for their donations, support and assistance:  CANT SEE YOUR NAME? THIS LIST IS BEING UPDATED... Tim Trehearn & Mary-France in Cairns, Stuart Craker, Eastern Protective Services who supported me from the Oro border around to Alotau, Charles Kassman, Grace Seneve-Kassman, Sharon & Adrian van Boven, Grace and Belden in Madang, Ian Tonga in Madang, Duncan and Claudia at TNT Madang, Tyler Hewitt, Tupira Surf Club, Kayaking Policeman Adam, Grace at Daigul, Rachael Kirriwom, Simon Sakipa, Ruth & Derek Wazami and all their family at Bogia, Peter Yanum and Family at Awar, Teddy the boat owner at Kiang, Kiang Villagers, Peter Passum, Dorothy Tekwie, Judge Nicholas Kirriwom, William Tekwie, Alois Mateos, Eric Diuz of PNG Ports, Raphael Kiap, Joanne Bird and the team at the Village Inn in Wewak, Robert & Catherine at Yuo isl, Uncle Juachim who escorted me safely to Wewak, Lucy and the villagers at Sowam, Monica & her husband at Ulau 1, Ricky & Linda Balo at Ulau 1, Father Michael at Aitape, Nora Sapien in Aitape, The district administrator at Aitape, Denis Kalinoe at Aitape, Lucus Kalinoe, Robert Masweng at Ali Isl, Norah and Thadeus at Ali Isl, all the friendly Ali Isl people, Jack Airo at Tumleo, Chris and family at Sera, Everyone who helped me so kindly at Leitre, Abraham and family at Ningera, Steve Tekwie, Thecla Wekre, Valentine Wekre, Thecla from Vanimo who helped me with shopping on my first day in PNG, John Kui, Pak George, Jimmy Leowardy, Priyo the legend from Bandung!, Gracey Graceye and her sister Henny, Bram Darkim, Diamond Stole, Mahammad Saleh Alatas, Firman Alfa Tisnohadi & all of the other SKOCI members, Vipin Ravindranath, Raj Chandresekharan, Pel Turner, Hana Krismawati & her team in Jayapura, Dr Bachti of SKOCI, Andrew Abel of SAPNG, Peter Miller, Thor Jensen, Dave Winkworth, Haddon Wright, the PNG Consular staff in Jayapura, Darric Chua, Vic McGrath on TI, Mandy Sinclair for arrival planning for oz, Mark Sundin & friends, Pak Alfred in Jayapura, Eelco Koudijs in Bali, henry Kelsey, The Richards family at MAF Santani, Trince Numbori and Family at Mantabori, Mecky Manitori at Awaso, The Van Dijk family at MAF Nabire, John & Tracey McBeam & Jo Wade on Sher Khan, Terry Bolland, Callam Gault, Alia at Geotindo office, Grant & Stephanie Rawlinson, Budi Hadiprayitno, Yos Sudarso, Michael Edmonson, Craig DeWit, Doug Maskelyne, Julia Summerling,  Pak Bernadus & Ibu Ursula at Wefiani, Pak Yanto & Family at Waibeem, The guys at Weios for shelter out of the rain, Azhari Fauzi, KD Makbon for giving a house to stay in, Gerardus Manosier in Oerbinasopon, Max Ammer, Jasmine and Tertius at Kayaks4Conservation in Raja Ampat, Justine Curgenven, Andy Njo in Sorong, The teachers who helped me on Pulau Babi, Siri Ramadani Wainsaf my Fafanlap guide, Kurasin Wainsaf at Fafanlap, Pak Hasarudin Rumata at Goram, Halija Sileuw and fronds in Goram, The crew of Kapal Sinta Bela (Aliman, Risman, Rusman & Ical) who helped me reach Pulau Tioor in the windy weather, Pak Kasim in Tual, Pak Hasrul & Poppy Lim in Larat, Beringan Dua Hotel (Saumlaki), Ibu Dewi and the Pukesmas team at Pulau Sermata (you save me), Imam Trihatmadja who helped me at Pulau Luang and in Saumlaki, KD Zadrak Hayer at Pulau Luang Barat, Colleen & Hector in Dili, Pak Andrey at Kupang Imigrasi, the owner of La Hasienda in Kupang for coming with me to immigration, Chris at Cantik Homestay in Kalabahi, Rofinus Monteiro, Chris Foster and Family in Larantuka, Jose Delgado in Bali, Ayu and Pak Budi and family for hosting me in Jakarta, The people at Toro Torieng who taught me how to cook and eat sea urchins, Ibu Dewi in Maumere, Pak Reza at Immigrasi Jakarta, Pak Ihya for Komodo arrangements, Ajis, Tony and Jason in Komodo, Jef & Marin from SV Amaryllis II, Sarah Steenland & the Sea Monkey Crew, Peter & Adam at Medana Bay Marina, Samba Villas on Gili Trawangan, Hotel Villa Ombak on Gili Trawangan, Bali Sandat Homestay, Mr Gede and the team at Gede Homestay, Dom & Gunawan who filmed me for TVplus, the guys in Baluran NP who helped prevent monkeys attacking my stuff, Police in Pasaruan who helped me find a hotel, Duke Leo (Yoyok) and Tanto in Surabaya, Maju Mapan Jaya, Roban Timur-Prapag River & Pantai Buntu friends, Coastguard Pekalongan, Aris Suhud & Pak Naryo & all the team of the Kompa mountain club, Insan & Casiah & Nura in Brondong, the Cikiong picnic spot peeps who git me out of the rain, the lady at Muara Bendara who let me sleep on her floor when i was sick, Bahtera Jaya Sailing & Windsurfing Club in Jakarta, Kompas TV, Rob Rambini, Natalie Soebagjo, Edho Nicko at Kuala Penet Police, Eva and friends at Pulau Sekopong, the family who hosted me at Kuala Seputhi, Capt Sardianto & Tuti at Kuala Teladas, Gary & Julia from Port Augusta, KD and family at Sibur, Nori & Family at Sungai Mesuji, fishermen at Tanjung Paku, Guru Amat Mirat at Sungai Pasir, Adi at Sungai Lumpur, the guys on Pulau Maspari, the family who gave me dinner at Pulau Lepar, my Batu Briga family on Bangka, Klasya & Pak Bakir & Family at Sungai Tebuk, Pak Hajimoudin at Penyak, the people who invited me to their Bangka picnic, the guys who fed me food when I woke up on Bangka after paddling all night, Anne and John Woollard, Teressa Miller, Naomi Pritchard, Steve Tribbeck, Mish Sommers, Neville Holden, Don Poynton, Kim Palmer, Jo Foley, Zoe Theile, Janis James, Kevin Piper, David Price, Tarkan Gurler, Mike Snoad, Craig Williams, Laura Williams, Mark Steele, Kathryn Williams, Frances Jones, Gary Dixon, Runar Holden, Sequeira Nikhil, Steven Dawson, Sarper Karakucuk, Bernhard Hillejan, Hartmut Hoss, Stefan Lienhard, Geoffrey Freer, Sally Jacobs, Satvinder Singh, Kevin Green, M van Vuuren, Mark Worwood, Ross Murray-Jones, Monika Lloyd-Burton, Lovro Lepan, Iona Hutchins, David Phelan, Robert May, james Mackintosh, Menagerie, Austin Davis, Ho Jia Xing, Matthias Runkkwitz, Simon Wall, Pam Riordan, Sue Allcock, Cheryl Christensen, Simon Conlon, Felix Gaul, Stephanie Loffler, Populus Performance, Craig Findlow, Peter Sharp, Samantha Pilton, John Abercrombe, Bjorn Arni, Emile Trienekus, Tanjung Persona Resort for help to get to the Dr for worm in my toe, Prakash and the team at Nongsa Point Marina & Resort, Robert Palmer & Olivia Lou for support out of Singapore, Kongsberg Maritime, United World College Dover, Singapore Canoeing Federation, Singapore Paddle Club, Huey at Kayakasia Paddlesports, Chris Box, Werner Gerntrup, Alexander Leong, Mendiratta Sanchit, Bartoz Twarog, Susan Smith, Ng Nai Heong, Runar Holen, Leong Wai Yin, Seow Anthony Jade, Khatam Zaiyadi at Parit Simin, SK Gambut School at Parit Simin, Royal Langkawi Yacht Club, Mr Afendy, Priya and the team at Kedah Sailing Association, Aznee and the team at Sera Tusa Glamping Island on Langkawi, Don and the team at Light My Fire Society on Ko Ngai, Poseidon Bungalows at Khao Lak, Mama's Kitchen, Ian Taylor, Tim Morch, Supon Lewtrakul and the tour team at Pon's Place in Ranong, Rima Truchanus, Elegant Myanmar Tours for helping with my permits, Mr Zaw & my boat crew in Myanmar, Myanmar Yachting Association, Moshiur R Khandaker, Shahin Kabir, Grant & Stephanie Rawlinson, Bangla Mountaineering & Trekking Club, Nandan DevRoy & Family, Captain Ranjan (Air India), Samantha Pilton, Music Eco-Resort on St Martin Island, Surfing Bangladesh at Cox's Bazar, Khandaker Rahman, Nur Mohammad, Rosy, Prince and all the team at SAFE Bangladesh, Greg Wilcock, Wendy Roberts, Shafiq Rahman, Md. Jahidul Kabir, Capt Mehedi Masud, Mahi Uddin Zia, Md A Harque Howlander, Md Hasan Al Tariq, Phone Kway Moe Myint (Carl), Sushila from Vivada, Jafar Alam, Ministry of Home Affairs Bangladesh, Forest Dept Bangladesh, Bangladesh Coastguard, Indian Coastguard, Jehan Driver, Nanda Kumar, Sanjay Samantaray, Kaushiq Kodithodika, Commandant Tyagi in Chennai, Rajendra Swaroop, Sailesh Guptan, Arun Vasu, Mr Mahendar, Mr Prasad, Rajiv Ratan, Sylendra Babu, IG SP Sharma, Alexander Vogel, Huey In Singapore, Sohrab Chowdhury, Mahmud Hasan Khan, Neil Law and Noor and the Gang at Himalayan Footprints in Kolkata, Tushar Nag, Sumana Ganguly & Ronnie Sen, Andre Schnegass, Samrat & David at Elektronik Lab in Vizag, Raju from Kakinada, Vijay Babu in Anthravedi, Suneev Mandotra, Tim in Yeppoon, Jason Beachcroft, Melville Smythe, Ama & Family in Vizag, Dee Ratcliffe, Harry Havu, Campbell Tiley, Ian Fletcher, Neil Glick, Davina Harding, Hans Schmidt, John Piotrowski, Peter Osman, Harry Havu, Darren Hocking & Tji, Shajan Daniel, Gugan Shetty, Sunder & Off Road Sports, Andhra Pradesh Coastal Security Police, Dr Guru, Alan & Rosemary Hale, Nick Tzamouzaki & his Dad, Ross Morgan & the team at Mulberry Tree Childcare, Judy Blight, Glenn Baker from Row Gear, Don Poynton & Family, Navaz & Sabita Currimbhoy, Gratian Govias, Commandant Harish More, Hatchery Matchelesam, CP Aquacultures in Mukkam, Pudimadaka Lighthouse Family, Penta Kota Friends, Dr Satish in Vizag, Sullam for the Bullock Carts, Supraja, Sundeep & team at TREE Foundation India, Krisnapatnam Port, Mr Lakshmanan in Chennai, Ansari from Elekrtonik Lab, Kathiravan at Pulicat, Hilda at Elektronik Lab, K.Chidambaran, Dipankar Ghose and the Adventure n Nature team, Ashok Thakker, Skipper Chinna & Vincent (RMYC),  Isthiaq & Gulnaz Currimbhoy, Murthy Megavan, Fisheries Research Kovalam, Kadapakkam lighthouse, Cmdt N Somasundaram, Palaiyar Village, Neemrana Hotels @ Tranquebar, Sri Vidya in Nagapatinam, Tamil Nadu Coastal Security Police, Samar Farooqui, Kalinjam & Vasintha at Bison House, the People of Thalaimannar, Asha de Vos, Wade Campbell, Dilsiri & Noelene Welikala, Marc Pelle, Manoj Kariyawasam, Major General K. Hendawitharana, Major Dewage in Colombo, Ministry of Defence in Colombo, Sri Lanka Navy, Mr RSL Rajapaksa, Mike Chomley, Mike Bromley at Lion's Rest in Weligama, Fred at Siam View in Arugam Bay, Kushan Pradeep Amarasinghe, Frank Crawley, Mr Selveraj, Helma Lalka, Captain Vivek Shanbhag, Jacopo Nordera, Manik Taneja, Royal Madras Yacht Club, All of India's cool fishermen who wave and say hello along the way, Deb Sibson, Martin Landauer & Priya at the Aussie Consulate in Chennai, Aurofilio & family in Pondicherry, Commandant Annand, Coastguard Tuticorin, Arun Miranda, Villa de Joseph (Manapad), Xavier from Manapad, Manzur, Franklin from Couchsurfing, Cyriac at Kovalam, Hubert at Puthenthope, Sanju & Quilon Motorsports Club, Nanana & Nanada at Valiazheekal, Omkaram Homestay Thottappally, OG Beach Bungalow, Indian Navy Kochi & their Public Relations Team, Alexander Vogel for emailing me contacts for the future, Peter Chacko, Shyam Patel, The Cochin Club, The International Hotel, Blue Waters Resort Hotel at Cherai Beach, The Rohit Boys at Cherai Beach, Mr Zuhin & Rajah Island Ayervedic Centre, The Wonderful People who hosted me in Veliancode, Prasanth Menon, The Sea Banana Fishermen, Masood from Tikkoti and all the lovely people there, ,Joy/Jaswin & Jasnitha Mulavarikkl, EV Haris of Seashell Haris Beach Home, Khanhan Beach Resort, Madhav Bhakta, Shakeel Abdulla, Musa Sherif, Santhosh Bikes for amazing contacts , St Agnes College, Aloysius at Summersands Beach Resort, Violet Pereira, Joseph & Alfie in Mangalore, The Surfing Swami's in Mulki, Este my host in Manke & all of the lovely people in Manke, Ravi & the Team at Extreme Karawali Adventures, Rahul Chakravorty, Aunty Priya in Goa, Felix Furtado and family in Goa, Simon Siero at Shashesca Villa in Baga, Saymon and Asti at Rosary Paradise, the lovely Austrians at Rosary Paradise, Rainey and the AutoRickshaw driving group at Ambolgad, Arvind and all the team at Samindar Beach House, The Team at Ratnasagar Resort, Bharat in Ratnagiri, All of the watersports team at Malgund & Bhushun Mehendale, Commander Kumbhare of Ratnagiri Coastguard, Masoom Ainarkar, Nilesh at Murud, Wajid Khan, Gauri Shinde and her family at the Murud Durga Beach Resort, Police Pore from Dapoli, Police Superintendant Deepak Pandey in Ratnagiri, Subhan Beachhouse in Shrivardhan for the free breakfast, Shoaib & Arjumund and Family in Shrivardhan, Sanjay Mody from Mody Villa, Police Superintendant Ankush Shinde in Alibag, Mr Naik in Alibaug, Police Dysp Sudam in Alibaug, Sonali Penurkar Haate for duct tape and dry bags delivered to India, Vojin for the 2 new dry bags, Rahul Chakravorty, Giddo the Catamaran Man at Mandwa, Roger Leevers, Charmaine, Daylon & Govinde from Quest Expeditions, Peter Tranter from The Paddler Magazine UK, Amber & Vidur at Magico Du Mar, Aditya Dogra & Hoka Island Villa, Mangrol Customs, Navibandar Police, Commander Singh (Veraval Coastguard), Commander Patil (Okha Coastguard), Jamnagar Forest Service, The Wadia Family of Porbander, Captain Rajiv, Dilshad Patell for wardrobe styling, Rustom Patell and his family,  the guys at Baroda Polyform who straightened and worked on my keel bar for a day, Mustak Mepani, Daniel in Mumbai, Peter Dingle, Sue Harrington & Russell Hobbs, Alistair Newmarch, Tony & Chad Hubbard at Panelvan WA, Bea Adams, Janet Norriss, Paul Bourne, Barry Cartright, Gillian Henderson, Rae and Neil Duffy, Bodeka Kayak Club (Istanbul), Volkan Kaya, Berra Yavuz, Saba & Sevket Koccaydin, Mehmet Buyukcelen, Tarkan in Riva, Cavit Unal, Corina Carthew, Douska & Dejan in Belgrade, Steffen Sator and the team at Out-Trade in Ulm, the yachties at Pali -Nisyros, Sandra Nilsson, Elijah Widmann, Peter Dingle, May Carter, Vojin Miladinov, Dariush Nadri for Persian translations and help, Brayden West, David Castillo, Jacki & Ian Hollick, Kete Rowe, Paul Hayward, Guy Reeve, Vincent Weafer, Andre Janeki, Wayne & Melissa Hanley, Selim Tezcan, Mark Sundin, Todd Tai, Bob Mitchell from Rafta Kayaks, Colin Sheringham, Megan Pryke, Farid from Singapore, Roger Merrell, Stephan Meyn, Graham Auld, Owen Walton, Nifty Jones, Graham Place, Ben Hyde, Ray Carey & his paddling group in Perth, Mark Peterson, Mark Pearson, Uschi Zimmerman, Volkhart Bethfeld, Sally Campbell, Gökhan Ture, Aycan Atis, Neville Holden, Michael Mirros, Shane Reeve, Patrick Kinsella, Stephen Dobson, Cedric Griffiths, Christine Kershaw, Steve Foreman, Monique & Gerard Cunzi, Alpaslan Bayiroqlu & Antalya Polis, Umat Maden, Alf in Gazıpaşa, Sabre Edge & Crew, Mehmet Sari, Abdullah Yuksich, Gokhan Ture, Munise Ozan, the Kas welcoming committee, the Gullet group that invited us for dinner at Kalkan, our lovely hosts at Paradise beach, Han & Brigeta in Marmaris, Yasir from Marmaris, Lulu from Marmaris, all of the people that attended the Marmaris Presentation, Peter Treby, Nikolaus Piperakis, Peter Visvader, Orhan Kurtman, Sefi Yılmaz, Agathi in Rhodes, Mihalis & Fani in Rhodes, Mike & Marilyn Zachariadis at Eagles Nest Car Rental at Pali on Nisyros, Therme Taverna on Kos, Avner Moncaz, Sevket Kocaydin, Geoff at McMurdo, Jacqui Rowe at MCGA, Michael St. Pastrikos at Kos Marina, Antonis Drosos at Kos Marina, Omer from Terra Santa Expeditions, Tom at Kos Harbour, Mania Anagnostakou & Klaus at Koufonisi, Giorgis Moustakis and family at Naxos, Giorgos at Mykonos, Eduardo and family at Gavrio Andros, Miltos & Mary at Karystos, Kostas Bazinis and family at Karystos, Sylvia & Krisula and all the nice campers in Ploutacho, Zoran & Svetlana in Brza Palanka, The Macedonian paddlers: Robert, Marjan, Sasko, Borce & Angel for the comedy, The Duke of Novi Sad, Dejan Jovanovic, Dragan Cretanovic, Manda, Aleksander Kocev, Greta Goetz, Gabor Fejervari, Aniko Balogh, Patrick and Hanna Bannana (my beauty product suppliers and amazing paddling friends), Wein Rudervein Club, YBBS Kanu Club, Werner Goetz, Alex Dingeldey and the Regensburg Club, Mike and Heinz Rodinger, Paul at Kleineschwarz, Wolfgang Kurz of Gunzburg Kanu Club, MayaSchultz, everyone at Lettmann, Walter who helped me find my way in Ulm, Ulmer Kanufahrer Club, Paul Caffyn, Dave Winkworth, Kevin Piper, Les Allen, Brad & Jane Allen, Zoe Thiele, Simon Wilkes, Gaynor & Bill McConnell, Rob MacCracken, Ian Pexton, Tom & Barbara Rowley, Rob Mercer & Sharon Betteridge, Max Scharnboeck (Donau Max), Willi Mayrhofer, Boris Erdtman, Tobias Friedrich, Michelle Watson, Grant & Silvia, Stef van den Hoek, Bernie Dunn, Michael & Audrey Steinfeld, Karen Henry & Yusuf Gokben, Greg Kerr & The team at Horizon Physiotherapy, Penny Cuthbert & The Australian National Maritime Museum, The New South Wales Sea Kayak Club and of course, my encouraging mates back home and my loving family who put up with and support me in my crazy ideas!

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