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Magnificent seven: Stand up paddlers circumnavigate the island

Magnificent seven: Stand up paddlers circumnavigate the island

PHUKET: Seven Phuketians completed their four-day circumnavigation of Phuket on stand up paddle boards today, finishing a day earlier than planned thanks to some calm waters and a late rush of enthusiasm.

Sunday 18 March 2012, 08:51PM

The Stand Up Phuket team made it back to Skyla's Bar on Friday.

The Stand Up Phuket team made it back to Skyla's Bar on Friday.

Recognising their remarkable feat, more than 60 people showed up at Skyla's Beach Bar in Kamala this afternoon (March 18) to celebrate the achievement.

Tal Derhy, Nathan Chilcott, Tim Campbell, Arend Moelich, Luke Remmers, Quintin Clover and Andrew ‘Easy’ Eadie spent four days stand up paddle boarding around Phuket to raise money to build a school for the Good Shepherd charity.

The team departed on Tuesday at 5.30am, travelling over 90 miles (150km) in total and arriving back at Skyla's on Friday, a day earlier than expected.

Clover, the organiser of the event, said the first three days were tough for the seven men, with strong winds and white cap waves.

“We fell off a lot. But once we got down south, around Cape Panwa, we expected it to be really really choppy so we had allocated a full day. But we came around the corner and it was like glass.

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“It was hard work, no-one had done that distance before. There was so much sun, it was just constant. Everyone was just screwed by the end of it, but we had such a great team.We raised so much support, and we had so many laughs.”

So far around B300,000 has been raised for the school fund, however around B5 million is needed for the Good Shepherd project.

At Skyla, the group thanked everyone who had supported them, including Nok and Joe who donated a wooden treasure chest to hold all the present donations for the Good Shepherd children, and all the other major supporters who donated food, money and other items for the silent auction held at the finishing party.

For more information visit standupphuket.com, or email quintin@standupphuket.com. Tolearn more about the charity, visit thegoodshepherd.info/phuket-2

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