Fundraising for Isle of Wight Lifeboats between Guernsey and Isle of Wight

An Isle of Wight man will travel from Guernsey to the Isle of Wight, marking 50 years since an islander rowed the same route in a homemade boat.

In 1972, on May 20 and 21, aged just 27, carpenter Dave Howlett left St Peter Port for the Isle of Wight. In his homemade 11ft dinghy, he traveled more than 90 miles in 38 hours, including traversing busy English Channel shipping lanes.

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How the Isle of Wight County Press reported Dave Howlett’s trip, 1972.

As the exhausted and sore Isle of Wight County press reported at the time, conditions forced Dave to complete the final four miles in a support boat, but he made it and his cargo also – special stamps that were franked on both islands and sold to collectors.

When Bob makes his trip he will also be carrying stamps, collected from a post office in Guernsey on Saturday morning.

Bob will also travel from castle to castle – between Cornet Castle in Guernsey and our own Carisbrooke Castle.

On Friday May 20 it will take a Condor ferry from St. Peter Port, overnight to Portsmouth, a Wightlink FastCat to Ryde and an Island Line train, returning to Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat Station on Saturday May 21.

Isle of Wight County Press: some of the highlights of Bob's trip.Some of the highlights of Bob’s journey.

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