2019 K4K Details
4th Annual ‘KAYAK FOR KIDS” Fundraising Event
Your participation or donation will raise awareness about child sexual abuse prevention as well as help meet the financial needs of SCARS. Please visit www.scarsbermuda.com for details about SCARS (Saving Children And Revealing Secrets).
Participants in the first leg of the 4th annual K4K Event.
15 kayakers (4 individuals from overseas participated in the 2019 K4K event) and 2 paddle boarders departed Somerset Long Bay, Bermuda in defiance of a small craft warning, 25-29 knot winds and choppy seas to benefit the charity SCARS (Saving Children and Revealing Secrets) The event is well supported by individuals and the corporate community. 11 corporations from the insurance and reinsurance industry sponsored the event including Willis Re; the lead Silver Sponsor; AXA, Aon, Neon Bermuda, Hiscox, Fidelis, The Oil Group (OCIL & OIL), Chubb, Markel & Markel CATCo, Everest Re and Guy Carpenter.
Determined as the paddlers were, nature had other plans. Winds, coming from the northeast, met the kayakers right from the start at Somerset Long Bay. Within the first half mile, several kayakers and a paddle boarder were thrown into the ocean numerous times. Thanks to several support groups comprise of 2 jet skis and 2 Royal Bermuda Regiment boats, they managed to reconnect with their crafts and continue on their treacherous way up south shore.
The real fun (not) started just after the Reefs Resort and further up south shore to Warwick Long Bay when it became apparent that the safety of the participants and support crew were at stake. It was decided that the group would head back to Somerset Long Bay. After eight hours and 19 miles, day one concluded. Due to even more dangerous weather conditions expected on Sunday, day two was postponed until Sunday, October 13th to coincide with the West End K4K.
A Special Thanks to Chris Montgomery, Sam Ponte and the Royal Bermudian Regiment.