Kayakers first to navigate new canal
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.