A cheer and a beer for charity kayakers
Many husbands and wives are known to fall out when one is navigating and the other driving.
But Jane and Andy Morton managed to travel 3,000 miles around the British and Irish coast together without incident – in a tandem sea kayak.
The couple – who are thought to be the first married couple to complete such an intrepid journey – last night revealed that they didn't even capsize once during their charity trip, despite encountering tide races, powerful waves, eddies and hazardous currents – proving that they are masters of their paddle strokes.
Mr Morton, 31, and Mrs Morton, 32, also managed to raise close to their fund-raising target of £6,000 during the journey, which they carried out, in part, in memory of Mrs Morton's late father who had multiple sclerosis.
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They set-off in April heading out on an expedition which would keep them away from home for 143 days – 99 of which were spent paddling on the water in their kayak which they named Persey, short for Perseverance.
And on Monday evening, they paddled home – gliding up the River Tavy to Bere Ferrers on the Bere peninsula in west Devon where a homecoming crowd awaited them in the village where they live.
Mrs Morton said they were "overwhelmed" when they saw the party assembled for them at the quay. She said: "It was really exciting coming in. The reaction coming home was overwhelming to be honest. There were hundreds of people including both neighbours and people who had travelled, especially friends and family."
Members of their rowing club, Tamar and Tavy Gig, along with friends and family came out to meet them in kayaks at the Tamar Bridge. They then rowed back with them as the couple lit a flare to herald their safe arrival.
The kayaking couple said the money they have raised will be divided between the RNLI and the Merlin Multiple Sclerosis Centre in Cornwall.
Mrs Morton explained the MS cause was dear to her because her father, who passed away seven years ago.
She said, even though the return had been joyful, they were a little sad the adventure was over.
The former classroom supervisor said: "We would quite happily have continued.
"We were almost reluctant to be finishing. You get into the routine of expedition."
She pointed out that the glorious summer weather had made it even more enjoyable.
"The weather was unbelievable. It was a cold start in April and May and also very windy.
"It picked up though and with the good weather we could really explore the coastline and paddle through caves," she said.
The couple said the hospitality they encountered was amazing.
Some people would throw them money as they passed while others offered them a bed in their homes.
The near 3,000-mile journey has been achieved by a handful of kayakers, but it is believed that Mr and Mrs Morton are the first married couple to complete the challenge in a tandem kayak.