Ex long-term Minorca Sailing instructor Jono Dunnett is off again. Having solo windsurfed round Britain in 2015 he now has his sights set on windsurfing the mainland coastline of Western Europe.
He will be set off in the second half of May 2017 from Northern Norway, on the Russian border. After a 'short' distance going further north he'll be heading down to the North Sea coasts of Denmark, Holland and France. Then there are the Atlantic coasts of France Spain and Portugal, before reaching the Mediterranean. That’s half distance.
Next up are the Mediterranean and Aegean seas: Spain and France again, Italy, a crossing to Albania, Greece, Turkey. Then into the Black Sea at Istanbul. Bulgaria, Romania and Ukraine round off the plan with an expedition finish point planned for the Russian border, or as close to there as politics allow…
Estimated time for the 15000km expedition is 2 years which "allows for bad weather and slow going over winter".
This is an unsupported expedition. He will carry his gear in a barrel on the back of the board and (this time) carry extra supplies on the front. As with his round Britain adventure he is inviting people who live along the route to register on the expedition website for occasional support (food, shelter, shower). Please alert your contacts!
When he doesn’t have other options he’ll be sleeping under his sail…
We are struggling to get our heads around the scale of this adventure. It’s a mammoth undertaking, but with his round Britain experiences there is probably no better qualified windsurfer to attempt it. Best of luck Jono.
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View live position updates on the tracker page (active as of expedition start):
Jono has a book that he promises us will be out before he sets off. Preview chapters are available on the http://windsurfroundurope.eu website homepage (scroll to the bottom of the page for the link). We'll let you know when the book becomes available.