A paddle for the record books?

Glenn Davies may have become the first person to stand up paddle from Dar to Zanzibar. Photo: Glenn Davies/Facebook

Less than a year after first stepping on a stand up paddle board, Glenn Davies might have become the first person to stand up paddle from Dar to Zanzibar.

“I thought ‘I’d like to try that,’ not quite appreciating what that would mean,” Davies wrote on his Facebook page.

Over the weekend, on June 10, he joined a group of 12 kayakers from the Dar Yacht Club for their annual 36 kilometer paddle to the southern tip of Zanzibar.

Davies says they faced nearly 40 km/h winds and 2 meter ocean swells.

The first kayakers made it to Zanzibar in just under 5 hours — Davies arrived on his stand up paddle board with a time of 6 hours 10 minutes.

“There were 6 support boats, 42 people involved in total. Thank you to everyone, organizers, sponsors and safety boats who made this adventure possible. We could not have done this without you.”

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Daniel Hayduk

Daniel is Dar Post’s news director. When not in the newsroom, he spends his days helping NGOs across the continent find their creative side.