Kayak­ers first to nav­i­gate new canal

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A group of friends be­lieve they have be­come the first peo­ple to nav­i­gate the new Dubai Water Canal us­ing only man­power.

For­mer Bri­tish Army sol­diers John Raw­don-Mogg, 32, and Nick Gross, 31, teacher Ed Green, 32, and lawyer Char­lie Richard­son, 31, kayaked the 40km in 8 hours and 12 min­utes.

Raw­don-Mogg, who runs an ed­u­ca­tion re­sources busi­ness, said he set his sights on pad­dling the canal as soon as he ar­rived in Dubai last year.

He said: “I moved here about 18 months ago and looked at the Creek and thought when that’s fin­ished I want to go round it.

“We’ve been talk­ing about it for months and then as soon as it opened we went for it.

“My wife is about to give birth, and Nick’s wife in about four weeks’ time, so By Rory Reynolds we thought we’d make the most of the free time we have now.”

He con­tin­ued: “The sea phase was by far the tough­est phase, re­quir­ing life jack­ets as the wind got up a lit­tle bit caus­ing a bit of swell, par­tic­u­larly in the mouth of Port Rashid.

“Notable mo­ments around the route in­cluded dodg­ing abras in the Deira sec­tion of the Creek, go­ing un­der­neath SZR with lots of run­ners on ei­ther side of the canal and a huge flock of flamin­goes fly­ing low over­head by the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary.”

The four kayak­ers hope to work with the author­i­ties to ar­range larg­er­scale canal pad­dle next year, Raw­donMogg added.

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