A Slow Boat Around Sri Lanka

In this edition of the Slow Boat series, Chandan Lahiri from India and Timm Kruse from Germany attempted to paddle their canoe and stand-up paddleboard respectively, all around the coast of the beautiful island nation of Sri Lanka, a first for both of them and a first for both kinds of watercraft. There are conflicting reports on whether Oskar Speck achieved this in 1935 when he was paddling from Germany to Australia. Australian Sandy Robson, in recreating Oskar Speck’s amazing journey, certainly went around the island in 2014.

Unfortunately, the attempt had to be aborted. Chandan’s lack of experience paddling in the open sea coupled with the canoe that was buffeted by the wind made progress extremely tiring and difficult. Timm was far more adept on his SUP given his years of experience. In hindsight this was a good decision given that within a few days of aborting the expedition the coronavirus pandemic hit resulting in the world being shut down entirely. Chandan and Timm reached Delhi and Germany respectively literally hours before the travel ban was imposed.

The expedition is on abort and will be staged once again … soon.

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The Team

Chandan Lahiri

Chandan Lahiri leads the team on this expedition. A record holding adventurer, survival instructor, author and videographer, Chandan paddled solo down about 2,100 km of the Holy Ganges, from Haridwar to Kolkata. This expedition is his second major paddling expedition. He has planned some major endurance paddles on rivers and oceans over the next few years. He has also actively embarked on a spiritual journey by becoming a sound healer cum meditator. He is  certified by FEMA and has written a few books on various subjects. You can read more about Chandan here.

Timm Kruse

Timm Kruse joins the team from Germany. His day job is as a reporter for the German TV station zdf, the biggest TV station in Europe. He is pretty famous as an intrepid adventurer and bestselling author. He has written five books so far, in topics that range from the spiritual to the adventurous: (1) 40 days of fasting, (2) Roadtrip with Guru, (3) Meditating my ass off, (4) Neither stirred nor shaken, and (5) One man, one board. The last book records his journey stand-up paddleboarding down the Danube in 2018. His next adventure … and next book … is on his 800km walking adventure from France to Santiago di Compostella. You can buy his books here.

The Blog

The first BIG step - booking of travel tickets

The joys of small steps

It has been famously said, “a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. It is so true. In fact on an expedition like A Slow Boat Around Sri Lanka, I look at it ...
A Slow Boat Around Sri Lanka

The Packing Kit

I have learnt to pack light. It was not always so. In fact, on the Ganges I had to offload a whole lot of gear progressively. By the time I reached the end of the journey more ...
A Slow Boat Around Sri Lanka

Hunger is awesome

When people hear about the Sri Lanka circumnavigation expedition, almost always they ask me questions related directly to the effort itself. “How tough is it going to ...
Beaufort Scale

The Beaufort Scale

In the previous post I had briefly alluded to the Beaufort Scale. Let us look at what it is in just a little more detail. The Beaufort scale was devised in 1805 by the Francis ...
A Slow Boat Arounbd Sri Lanka

Four invaluable gizmos

There is literally no end to the kinds and types of gear and equipment that can be added to the kit list, particularly for an expedition such as this. If I had a larger boat ...
A Slow Boat Around Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is NOT the Ganges

This is a fact. The paddle around Sri Lanka is unlikely to be anything like the one I experienced while canoeing the Ganges a little over a year ago. For one, the Ganges is a ...

The Photo Gallery

More than just supporters

In addition to the above organisations, there are a lot of people who have come forward to support this expedition. I will remain eternally grateful to the following people for their belief in this project …

Navroze Dhondy, Dinil Kumar, Rana Rajesh, Pallavi Lahiri, Laghu Agarwal, Sumit Sabherwal, Priyanka Lahiri Banerjee, Anubhav Mittal, Sudeep Banerjee, Sam the Artist, Indrani Lahiri, Rana Rajesh, Krishna Lahiri, Col DM Ray (Retd), Manu Srivastava, Brig SK Chatterjee (Retd), Ramendranath Sarkar, Mohit Satyanand, Sanjay Suri, RN Singh, Sandeep Kohli, Nitin Goel, Amit Prakash, Anjan Lahiri, Rajeev Dhalwani, Ashok Lahiri, Rajen Mahapatra, Sharmistha Lahiri, Sharmila Ghoshal, Sumit Law, Santosh Menon

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