Day 5 Mombasa - Diani. Distance covered 33km. Distance kited 54km. Hours on water 3.5
As always the day would begin early, at around 6:45am. Nic, ever the pro, would be up an hour before everyone else editing his photos from the day before. We hope you’ve been enjoying Nic’s daily photographs capturing the Kenyan coast, it’s people, and our expedition (picking up a bruised cheek from his camera after hours of photography on board the bouncing skiff). It’s a very special feeling for us to have our trip documented in such a wonderful way, and we owe Nic a huge debt of gratitude for giving up his time to join us.
Day 4. Kilifi - Mombasa - Straightline distance covered 53 km. Kited distance 65km. Hours on water 4
The thing about starting an expedition with three, frankly, ridiculously, long legs, is that when you get to a regularly long one it seems easy in comparison! Today’s objective was to cover 53km from
Kilifi to Mombasa. We met up on our new home for the rest of the trip - the 44ft Catamaran ‘Hideaway’, to plan the day’s journey. Following the issues with the slowgoing windsurfers from the day before we decided to split the group. We hired a basic skiff with a 15hp engine as a rescue/transport boat for the day. It dropped the kiters onto Bofa beach (north of the creek) whilst the windsurfers, needing at least 5knots more wind than the kiters to get going, remained on the cat to sail for a few km down the coast until the wind picked up - in the interest of time.
Day 3. Che Shale - Kilifi. Distance covered 77km. Kited distance 102km. Hours on water 5.
It was clear from the minute we all sat down for breakfast that everyone was feeling excited about the day ahead. We were finally coming into the stretch of the coastline that most, if not all, of us were fairly familiar with. A 77km stretch from Che Shale, through Mambrui Bay, Malindi Bay, Maungu, Watamu and onto Kilifi. It’s where the dark, oft murky red soiled water, would transform into the turquoise green lagoons Kenya is so famous for. The questioned remained however, would the wind gods play ball? In short: no.
You can make a real difference by donating towards the Marine Environmental Education Programme.
- Sponsor one student to participate for one year £4
- Sponsor the participation of one school for one year £280
- Sponsor the participation for all 30 schools for one year £8,400
Donations can be made via Just Giving, please click here to visit the EABR fundraising page.
Eversheds have just pledged a very generous amount to the beneficiaries of the Lamu to Zanzibar 2017 expedition.
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EABR's Boris Polo has uploaded a video teaser to the Lamu to Zanzibar 2017 expedition
EABR's Jason Rogers was a member of the Kite The Reef team that Branson generously supported in 2015
'Outside my family and the Virgin Group there are two things that I love most: kitesurfing and supporting a good cause. You can therefore understand how excited I am about Kite The Reef – an epic 10 day journey across the Great Barrier Reef, to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease (MND/ASL) research.' - Richard Branson
Examples of how LOC and ABF use their funds
To give potential donors an idea of how funds and donations may be used by Local Ocean Conservation or the African Billfish Foundation, below are some typical examples of how funding and contributions are utilised.
Fundraising for Education and Conservation
With only two months to go, excitement is building among the Lamu to Zanzibar 2017 team. Planning and logistics are being finalised, and training is going well.
As much as the team are looking forward to the challenge of kiting and windsurfing hundreds of kilometres along the coast, the cause for the expedition remains a priority. The team hope to raise awareness and funds to support Marine Education Programmes being run by two Kenyan charities, Local Ocean Trust and the African Billfish Foundation.
Local Ocean Trust and African Billfish Foundation work closely with their education programmes
East African Board Riders are supporting regional marine conservation and environment education initiatives through two established, committed and succesful organisations, the African Billfish Foundation and Local Ocean Trust, both of which rely on donations to continue and develop their programmes.
'Outreach and Education Programme' to be a focus for 2017 fundraising efforts
East African Boardirders are thrilled to be supporting the African Billfish Foundation as one of the main beneficiaries for donations raised by the Lamu to Zanzibar 2017 downinder.