It was kept going and, since then, the voyages have been mainly linked to raising money for CASPA, a charity in South East London that helps support children, young people and families affected by autism.
How can the work of the charity be explained? I cannot do better than refer to this video, which explains it all.
As indicated in a previous post, the running group 'Fourdaysrunning' that does charity fundraising for CASPA, has decided this year to run along the South Downs Way for 100 Kilometres. Starting at Arundel, they will run through south Sussex.
PicoMicroYacht will join them after exploring London's Lost Route to the Sea, rowing along the Sussex coast to their finishing point, Eastbourne.
The Lost Route to the Sea encompasses the countryside between London and Sussex, with the Wey and Arun Canal the focal point. Various people have written about their experiences voyaging this canal.
This includes a charming waterways travelogue by J.B. Dashwood, written in the Victorian era. Dashwood reduced the mast of his cat rigged sailing boat, Caprice, and had it towed by a horse up the river Wey and then down through the Wey and Arun canal, using the river Arun to reach Littlehampton.
His aim had been to get to Portsmouth. However, because the canal link via Chichester had long since disappeared, he eventually daringly ventured out into the English Channel and sailed westward round Selsey Bill into the Solent. Despite rough seas and having to bail his boat out, he arrived in Portsmouth safely.
His book was published in 1868 and shortly after a closure order for the Wey and Arun canal was made. Although the canal had become nonviable for commerce, many regretted the canal's closure, including the writer P. A. L. Vine, who was inspired to write the book, London's Lost Route to the Sea, published in 1965.
This book drew on the sentiments of a poem by Rudyard Kipling called 'The Way Through the Woods.' Vine has reflected on the manner in which the canal wound through the gently wooded landscape of the Surrey and Sussex border and quoted from Kipling as follows:
Seventy years ago.
Weather and rain have undone it again,
And now you would never know
There was once a road through the woods
Before they planted the trees.
It is underneath the coppice and heath,
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees
That, where the ring dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease,
There was once a road through the woods.
Music: Tennant / Lowe