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‘Blazing Paddles’ Pair Attempting to Cross Irish Sea from Wales to Wicklow by ‘Lie-Down’ Paddleboard This Weekend

7th July 2022
Damien Wildes and Charlie Fleetwood with their paddleboards
Damien Wildes and Charlie Fleetwood with their paddleboards, which they will paddle lying down from Holyhead to Greystones this Saturday 9 July

An intrepid duo intend to cross the Irish Sea from Wales to Wicklow this weekend in an unusual fashion — paddling on their bellies.

Damien Wildes and Charlie Fleetwood will assume the prone position on their stand-up paddleboards from Holyhead in the early hours of this Saturday 9 July for the crossing to Greystones, which they expect to take somewhere between 14 and 20 hours.

Each will be assisted by their own volunteer-operated support boat for the endurance feat in which they hope to raise at least €15,000 for three local charities: Purple House Cancer Support, Wicklow SPCA and Wicklow RNLI.

“Completing the prone crossing will be a world’s first,” Damien told Greystones Guide, “and I know not many people have actually made it across by SUP, so Charlie will make it onto a very short and very illustrious list.”

The pair’s iDonate page has more on their plans HERE.

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