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Allan Collett getting into the boat

Peter has achieved great things in his paddling career and it was a great privilege to spend the day on the water with him

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Tim Cairns and Lizzie Archer of the Royal Oak in Perranwell Station have teamed up with record-breaking Cornish kayaker Peter Bray to raise money for the Memory Café, an organisation that supports people suffering from Alzheimer’s.

Peter, who became the first person to ever kayak across the Atlantic from Newfoundland to Ireland in 2001, put a day’s coaching up for a charity auction at the Royal Oak.

His Atlantic crossing was achieved alone and unsupported, with the prevailing wind and currents against him. This 4,800km, 76-day expedition was the longest open-water crossing ever undertaken by a kayaker – a record that he held for ten years.

At the fundraising event Alan Collett, who had already read Peter’s book Kayak across the Atlantic, generously donated £300 to the cause and won the chance to spend a day paddling with Peter.

After their excursion, Alan said, “I learned a huge number of things from Peter today, about the sea, about sea kayaking and about safety on the water.

“Peter has achieved great things in his paddling career and it was a great privilege to spend the day on the water with him – if you want to go sea kayaking I can think of no better person to learn from!”

Peter Bray said, “The conditions in Swanpool were as good as we could have wished for, considering what we have had recently!

“After the safety briefing, we got on the water and went through a few techniques and spoke about the tides and wind – I even told Alan which seaweed he could eat raw!

“Alan was a brilliant paddling partner, and we finished a great day’s kayaking with a pint at the Royal Oak.”

Lizzie Archer of the Royal Oak said, “We’re delighted to have raised over £1,000 for a very deserving local cause. We owe this to the generosity of people like Alan who donated, and of course to Peter, who gave up his own time to support us.”

Former SAS diver Peter is now based in Truro and is sharing his knowledge about sea kayaking through a new business he has established: Kernow Coaching.

He is accredited by the International Sea Kayak Guide Association (ISKGA) is providing one-to-one and small group kayaking coaching for beginners, right through to the most experienced.

People interested in booking Peter Bray for kayak instruction can visit the Kernow Coaching website at, email or call 07803 822 231.

Peter Bray’s maritime adventures:

1978 Kayak across the English Channel
1994 Climbed Old Man of Hoy
1996 Kayak circumnavigation around British Isles with Steve McDonald
1997 Team crossing of English Channel in a Klepper (a collapsible two men boat)
2001 Solo Kayak from Canada to Ireland (only person to have ever kayaked across the Atlantic)
2003 Solo kayak circumnavigation of Newfoundland
2004 Pink Lady Atlantic Row
2005 Kayak circumnavigation of South Georgia
2009 Solo row across Atlantic
2015 Cockleshell Heroes Re-enactment for ACCR

In addition, Peter has been a microlight pilot, run ten marathons and completed the Devizes to Westminster race ten times. He has also participated in many triathlons, once including a swim from Alcatraz in San Francisco bay.

Peter worked for 24 years as a soldier, starting in the Devon and Dorsets and spending the last 15 years in the SAS regiment.

Peter Bray’s book, Kayak Across the Atlantic:

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