From left to right, Dorian Vassallo and Albert Gambina onboard the OC1s
The duo behind Kayak for Charity, Dorian and Albert, are taking on a new challenge this year, with the aim to continue renewing their support towards Inspire Foundation Malta. This time, the pair will be paddling by canoes around the island of Malta, in aid of Inspire.
Last year, the pair took on an outstanding paddling journey of more than 1000 kilometres starting from Malta to Sicily, and then journeying all around the island of Sicily – a journey that took almost a month. This year the duo will be embarking on a new adventure making them the first persons to paddle an OC1 around Malta, all in aid of Inspire Foundation.
Used in competitive sport, Albert and Dorian are the only people to own the OC1 canoes in Malta, and through this initiative, this will be the first time that an OC1 will be paddling around Malta. One of the most obvious challenges is that the stroke and seating are quite different from that of a kayak, and Albert and Dorian may have to withstand severe back pain to complete the route. There is also very limited storage space on the vessel so any food and drink would need to be rationed throughout. In addition, they will paddle this journey unassisted.
The distance of this paddle journey is 42 Nautical miles, or approximately 75 km. The entire journey should take just over 12 hours of hard work and padding but is also very much dependent on weather conditions. The pair plan to take on this new paddle journey in August, following Santa Maria feast.
In 2021, Dorian and Albert managed to raise the wonderful sum of €20,000 for Inspire Foundation. This year, they aim to break their own record. All those interested in supporting Kayak for Charity through this journey can submit their donation by clicking on one of the donation buttons on this page: https://inspire.org.mt/kayakforcharity/
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Inspire Foundation is a registered voluntary organisation bearing VO number VO/0199