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Old 11-25-2015, 12:46 PM   #1
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To whom it may concern...

I have decided to 'sail' a 6m inflatable banana from the North Sea to the Black Sea then South to Sunny Beach Bulgaria. Its a 4000Km trip over the Main Danube Canal. Naturally, the banana doesn't have an engine or sails and my efforts on the local park lake in a rowing boat doesn't really qualify me to row 400Km up hill so to speak so...I need to hitch hike.

Any offers of a tow will be most welcome. The trip will begin on the 1st April (honest its not a joke) from the port of Rotterdam. I need to cover 33km average per day for four months. There will be a TV HD video made of the trip and a book at the end so any offers will include you being in the video etc. and of course you will get the chance to ride on the banana.

Plans are well under way and some sponsors are in negotiation with me. Water Aid don't want to take any responsibility in the voyage but have agreed to be my nominated charity and you will find a page on my web site - address on my profile.

Any jokes will be posted on the my web site so be careful ! Constructive comments, sponsoring or advertising inquiries will be most welcome, offers of help in all forms would be appreciated...psychiatric counselling has failed; so no offers there please, but I do need to get some sea sick pills as crossing the channel on a P&O ferry is about my limit...

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Old 11-26-2015, 10:52 AM   #2
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I would suggest lots of pratice before you set off. It is hard enough trying to row
an inflatable dingy let alone a banana !
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Old 11-26-2015, 11:21 AM   #3
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The banana has not yet arrived, so perhaps I should find an old lorry tire inner tube and have a go on the local fishing lake. Actually the banana generally cannot be manoeuvred, although I will have a go at rowing it short distances. The aim is to find kind souls to tow it, and myself, up the rivers. I am in touch with the port of Rotterdam Authority to set up the launch there on the 1st of April, 2016. They thought I was wanting to dock with a ship load of bananas. I think the fun has already started. Fyffe's are considering being involved and Zodiac boats are also looking seriously at the project. I need allsorts of nautical advice, mostly about travelling international waterways, MOB transponders, GPS devices and satellite telephone stuff. I have a motorhome back up and transport for camera crew who will monitor my progress and RDV at certain stopovers to film and feed me.

I am in a tiny village in central France at the moment...I wonder where I find that inner tube? Thanks for the encouragement.

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Old 11-26-2015, 02:12 PM   #4
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Quick up date...Rotterdam marina has agreed to let me tie up the banana for a few nights for free...this is the first confirmed positive reply to the planning for the Banana voyage.


Yes!!!
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Old 12-08-2015, 05:34 AM   #5
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Just for you:

The Goon Show Site - Script - The Affair of the Lone Banana (Series 5, Episode 5)
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:19 AM   #6
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Many thanks Haiqu,

I was learning to talk when this was broadcast...which accounts for my strange sense of humour perhaps. Oddly the woman in the tourist board of Koln thought my project was silly...bizarre coming from a rep of a town that has a mad carnival lasting four days. Perhaps I should send them a copy of the script of the Goons so they get the unilateral banana joke...speaking of which you can get the idea of the magnitude of the humorous effect on people if you have a look at bananaclub.com - 38000 members in 27 countries... Enjoy!!!
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Banana is awesome! I love observing it floating - there is so much fun. Really love it
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Old 12-13-2015, 07:50 PM   #8
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Glad you appreciate the banana project, I am back in the office tomorrow and will post an up date then. However if you have a look at my web site you can see the proposed routes etc. and some more info..

gobanana.zohosites.com

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Happy New Year,

2016 is a year of challenge for me as the Banana project gets underway. Imperial Fishing, Germany is sponsoring the construction of the banana and will be the first to tow it from Rotterdam Marina on the 4th April after the launch of the project on the 1st. The City of Linz is preparing a reception for when the banana turns up and the Majestic Hotel in Bulgaria have offered a week to recover from the voyage. the back up motor home has been road tested in southern France and northern Spain (good excuse for a holiday) and has proved to be exactly what is required although some small changes will have to be made. The journey along the inland waterways should be easy but finding someone to tow the banana from the Danube / Black Sea canal may be a problem. If you are sailing the Black Sea in or around August please let me know if you can tow me down to Sunny Beach...you will be in the TV video and book, naturally.

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I don't understand how this works. Do you have a site that explains the plan?

Will you always be towed and/or have a support vessel?
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Yes, it has to be towed - basically a sail boat of any kind, cruiser, jet ski or the Oxford rowing team could do the job; It does have rowlocks but they are only for manoeuvring in locks or tying up at a quay side etc.

I do have a web site gobanana.zohosites.com

Apparently the Banana will be ready in three weeks time thanks to Imperial Fishing...more news on the blog page on the web site.

As to naming the Banana - how about 'Nautical but Nice' ?

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The world needs more mad people doing this sort of thing.

Go ape!
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Me, mad?

I mentioned above (to Tom Bunker) the Oxford rowing team...no disrespect to Cambridge by the way; but both groups of students have their may balls in June - mad . Also in answer to Tom and also mentioned above I do have a back up plan in the form of a motorhome which will follow along the bank of the rivers etc.

... and un-like being on a 40ft yaght in mid Atlantic, I can step off the banana and go and get a big Mac. The fact that the trip will probably bankrupt me and I will finish up on a Bulgarian beach living on a banana; having been dragged 4000km to get there I agree might be concidered a bit looney.

I have just seen the price of decent 4K capable video cameras - Ahhhh

Now I am going ape...

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There were times when I was ready for a big mac. It sounds like a fun project.

It's definitely a different kind of voyage, but what ever floats your banana.
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