It was a stormy winter's eve, and the crowd sat close together for warmth, as they listened to tales of spectacular and seemingly impossible adventure... but the speaker was the Nightjar Adventurer 2014, Ray Chaplin, and impossible is not in his dictionary! Another inspiring talk was delivered by the seemingly unstoppable 2014 Readers' Favourite, Chris Bertish, as well as the wonderful guest speaker, Braam Malherbe.
Nightjar Adventurer 2014: Ray Chaplin completed the first riverboard descent of the Orange river. The 2460km journey was at the time, the second longest riverboarding expedition in history, and all along the river Ray interfaced with local communities about pollution awareness and river cleanup. By the end of the journey, over 5,500 bags of rubbish had been collected!
2014 Readers' Favourite: Chris Bertish completed the first official source-to-sea journey down the River Thames, the fastest SUP crossing of the English Channel and then, to top it off, broke the previous SUP 12-hour Open Ocean Guinness world record by just over 10km!
The evening was made possible by an amazing coming together of adventurers and the support of the industry, fittingly hosted by Cape Union Mart at their Canal Walk Adventure Centre.