Sunday, 19 June 2011

Another VIP visit!

On Friday 17th June Colin Gregg visited us to talk about the European Jetski Challenge that has just finished. Colin and his team rode their jetskis all the way from Orkney to Monaco in time for the Formula one race. They have raised over £21000 (and still counting!) for Macmillan cancer and Make a Wish Foundation charities.
Here they are leaving Scapa on their jetskis.

Colin had a camera on his jetski which unfortunately stopped  worrking before they got to Monaco.
We had loads of questions to ask him - some which he didn't expect!
He described what it was like to travel through the Bay of Biscay and the Mediterranean sea. Sometimes they didn't see land for over 5 hours which must have been a bit scary at times.
They saw lots of sea creatures including Orcas, dolphins and sharks.
They met lots of friendly people and had a good welcome in most places where they stopped.
We discussed the safety features on a jetski and how important they are should you fall off (which they all did at some point.)
One fascinating coastal feature that they saw is a huge natural arch off the coast of France, called the elephant's trunk. You can see them going through it and another huge arch in the video clip below. You can see why it's called the elephant's trunk!

Some of us were also very interested to hear about the Grand Prix race and the famous people they met in Monaco.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Colin for taking the time to come and speak to us and answer so many questions. It sounds like a great experience and we can't wait to hear what he plans to do next!

1 comment:

  1. Well done to Colin and his pals for making such a journey, for such worth while causes. Quite an achievement. It was good that he took time to tell P4 about his travels as they'd been following his progress with interest.