Message in a Bottle – Source to Sea
Carlos and Carolyn will paddle the length of the Thames on their Plastic Bottle SUPs
to collect your 'Message in a Bottle' to deliver to parliament
On World Ocean’s Day, 8th June 2018 Carlos and Carolyn will begin their journey along the Thames River from the navigable source at Lechlade to the sea at Gravesend. They will paddle approx 300km on their SUPs (Stand Up Paddle Boards) made out of plastic bottles to raise awareness of plastic pollution in our waterways and to deliver a ‘Message in a Bottle’ to parliament. They would like to invite you to get involved.
Give us your ‘Message in a Bottle’
We want to hear your thoughts. We are inviting all children (and adults) to share your messages with us, which we will take to parliament on 26 June. We want to create something visual, creative and innovative to celebrate your ideas for a more sustainable future; so we have come up with the idea of Bottle Bunting. It’s easy.
1. Download the template
2. Up-cycle an old t-shirt, sheet or any fabric – cut out the template
3. Write your message and decorate it in permanent pen (remember to sign your name)
4. Give it to us as we paddle by or send it to us at the address below
PADDLE WITH US
Join us for a leg of the journey; click here to hire a SUP board. Delivery options available.
We would like to invite all schools near the Thames to come meet us, share your messages and perhaps even do a mini clean up.
Our Whalebags are great alternatives to plastic bags; all proceeds (save 10p to WDC) go to support the expedition.
Join us for a leg of the journey
Our Interactive map, created by Wanda Bodnar shows the date for each leg, distance and the supporting clubs. Click on the date to find out more information and who to contact if you want to join.
To join us for a leg please contact the corresponding club (in green). They will offer you a discount to hire a SUP for the Source to Sea and ensure you have the river license which we all need to paddle on the Thames. To join an event or clean up contact the organisers directly by clicking on the organisation (in blue)
Wed 6 June Meet MPs in House of Commons
Wed 6 June Run and Clean Up in London organised by Good Gym
Sat 9 June Rushy Lock to Ferryman’s Inn, Bablock Hythe (17km) – ATB Shop SUP club
Sun 10 June Bablock Hythe to St Edward’s Boathouse (11.8km)
Mon 11 June St Edward’s Boathouse to Abingdon Lock (18km)
Tue 12 June Abingdon Lock to Day’s Lock (13.5km)
Wed 13 June Day’s Lock to Goring Lock (17.8km)
Thu 14 June Goring Lock to Caversham Lock (17.3km)
Fri 15 June Caversham Lock to Henley-on-Thames (15km) – hire a board from SUP hire
Sat 16 June Henley-on-Thames to Hurley Lock, Hurley (9.2km)
Mon 18 June Bray Lock to Windsor (13.5km) – hire a board from Canoe & Kayak Tours
Tue 19 June Windsor to Staines to Shepperton Lock (20km) – hire a board from Canoe & Kayak Tours
Wed 20 June Shepperton Lock to Teddington Lock (18km) – Barnes Tidy Towpath clean up
Thu 21 June Teddington Lock to Richmond – RICHMOND BID EVENT – try our board and join in the races
Thu 21 June Richmond to Kew Bridge (9.2km) – Midsummer Night sunset paddle – ACTIVE 360
Fri 22 June Kew Bridge to Cremorne Riverside (12.75km)
Tue 26 June DELIVER MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE TO PARLIAMENT
Wed 27 June Chelsea to Thames Barrier – (closed group) (23km)
Thu 28 June Thames Barrier to Gravesend – (closed group) (26km)
Fri 29 June CLOSING CEREMONY hosted by St. Katharine’s Docks
Together We Can Do More
Can you help share our project? Would you like to organise an event to run alongside the Source to Sea? Do you want to sponsor us? Currently we are funding everything on a shoe string and we are looking for support for the charity moving forwards. If your organisation would like to know more about how to get involved please contact Carolyn on 07870685994.
Huge thanks to the Brazilian Embassy and St. Katharine’s Docks for hosting our opening and closing ceremonies.
We are partnering with several great organisations to promote their clean up events.
Do you have a product that you would like us to promote? Get in touch to see if we can collaborate.
First in the World to Paddle a Marathon on a Plastic Bottle SUP
2017 European Expedition
We need your bottles
We know there are a lot of bottles out there but collecting them is actually a bit tricky as the recycle trucks crush them and we need them fairly undamaged. Can you help us by collecting your bottles? We need 120 2 litre bottles per board. We can then collect them from your school if you give us a call to tell us you have lots.