9 October 2014

Three friends from Papay in the Orkney Islands took on the gruelling journey to Norway, crossing the Arctic Circle – and back with the support of the Crewsaver ErgoFit 290N OC lifejacket.

Daniel Wakeham, Daniel Elves and Amanda  Hourston originally planned the journey which took them over 2000 miles in a 7.5m RIB, a feat not accomplished before.  The 4 week adventure saw them live and sleep aboard the RIB which carried them safely through the Norwegian scenery.

Being fully aware of the dangers of being at sea in a small boat, Crewsaver sponsored the journey by providing the crew with the ErgoFit 290N OC lifejackets.  The entire ErgoFit collection features an exceptionally high level of construction combined with the looks and practicality to suit the toughest marine environment.  For this particular trip, the ErgoFit 290 OC, 3D-moulded lifejacket , was specifically selected as it is designed for those facing  the most ferocious and extreme marine environments or the full fury of the elements. With nowhere to hide when a storm rolls in, it is vital to have the best safety kit on the market. The ErgoFit 290 OC is just that.

Amanda says ‘We were greatly comforted by wearing the ErgoFit 290 OC lifejacket.  We have found lifejackets a real pain to wear in the past but we barely knew that we were wearing them, the design made them feel no more than a part of our clothing, hugely helpful for the long hours we wore them.’

On the longer crossings, the team wore Crewsaver Drysuits which kept them warm and dry and played a huge part in making a stressful journey much easier.

The team quote that ‘From the Orkney waters to glacier sides we found no faults with the lifejackets, a true must have safety item, which withstood the rigors of day to day life and a substantial sea journey without fault.’

The expedition was a fundraising effort for the Woolverstone Wish as the courageous team member Daniel Elves had, only 3 months prior to the trip, completed a course of Chemotherapy at the Wolverstone Ward at Ipswich Hospital.

The Crewsaver Team would like to congratulate the intrepid explorers and are proud to havebeen in support of their fundraising efforts.