2016-08-27 Oban Sea Kayak Race 2016

The Oban Lifeboat

Once again, my now annual trip around on the . The sit on tops or Surf Ski’s, as their owners like to call them, probably outnumber the traditional Sea Kayaks these days and most people paddle with Wings (nothing to do with RedBull – although I suspect a few of these tins were consumed by a few sufferers in the morning, due to the previous nights visit to the Spoons).

Sit on tops (with the odd sea kayak)
Sit on tops (with the odd sea kayak)

Flat calm benign conditions meant that I was hoping to beat my previous best around the island in my Etain at 2:18:57.

My route round Kerrera from my GPS
My route round Kerrera from my GPS

Under the starting horn at Oban Harbour I fixed transits trying to create a straight line course as possible. Looking at my GPS after the event, I managed this pretty well. I also maintained a constant 5kts for the first leg down Kerrera and the turning near Bach Island, and slightly slower 4.4kts whilst on the outside of the island to near Maiden Island, followed by a constant 5kts again to the finish. My time in the end was only 9 seconds faster at 2:18:48! But at least I did beat my PB. I think that is as fast as the Etain will go. The nice part to all this is I still felt strong at the end of the race.

A constant 5 kts..
A constant 5 kts..

A great event in aid of a great cause the Oban Lifeboat.

The Oban Lifeboat
The Oban Lifeboat
Gus arriving at the finish
Gus arriving at the finish
Adam nearly losing his kilt
Adam nearly losing his kilt
Prizes!!
Prizes!!
Who ate all the pies?
Who ate all the pies?
My 3rd place bronze medal
My 3rd place bronze medal
Result sheet 1
Result sheet 1

Later I dashed off to Arisaig after the event as I planned to paddle out to Eigg/Muck the next day.

Eigg and Rum at sunset Eigg and Rum at sunset (and it was really that colour!)
Eigg and Rum at sunset (and it was really that colour!)
My campsite for the night at Arisaig
My campsite for the night at Arisaig

Unfortunately, I woke up the next morning not feeling at all well and I ended up after lots of indecision driving home.

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