Kayak race ends in a dead-heat

The Oban Times - - Sport -

AF­TER 11 miles of pad­dling, this year’s Lis­more Kayak Chal­lenge ended in a dead-heat.

The tro­phy and whisky had to be shared be­tween Patrick Win­ter­ton and Gil­bert Speirs.

The pair trav­elled from Gana­van Sands to Lis­more light­house and back in 1:36.15.

Patrick, from Oban, who came sec­ond last year, said: ‘It was calm and beau­ti­ful. The only waves we got were from the CalMac ferry.

‘This is one of the best places in the world for this sort of stuff – the Oban Sea Kayak Race in Au­gust is re­ally good. How­ever, it would be better if more peo­ple got in­volved.

Not cheap

‘One of the is­sues is that the kayaks are not cheap, but the sport is grow­ing pretty fast.’

All of the money raised from the event is do­nated to the Oban Lifeboat Sta­tion.

Patrick, 54, added: ‘You never know when you’re go­ing to need them. To­day’s weather was nice, but if the race took place two weeks ago when there were gales, we would have needed the lifeboat.’

Gus Bry­don, who helped or­gan­ise the event, said: ‘ We had 17 com­peti­tors this year.

‘The race was my idea, but with­out help from ev­ery­one, it wouldn’t be pos­si­ble.

‘It’s good to have peo­ple from all over Scot­land tak­ing part and it’s great to have Gana­van as a venue. This is so un­used as a venue for any­thing. We need to pro­mote the place.’

Lizelle Kemp from Dum­bar­ton was the first lady over the line with a time of 1:49.46.

The Oban Sea Kayak Race will take place in Au­gust. For more in­for­ma­tion or to reg­is­ter, visit www.obanseakayakrace.org.

Photos: Stephen Law­son

Men’s joint win­ners of the Lis­more Kayak Chal­lenge cross the fin­ish line to­gether. Patrick Win­ton on the left and Gil­bert Speirs on the right.

Lizelle Kemp, ladies over­all win­ner, ap­proaches Lis­more light.

Heather Smith presents joint first over­all prize to Patrick Win­ton, left, from Oban, and Gil­bert Speirs, from Muthill.

Heather Smith presents the ladies prize to Lizelle Kemp from Dun­bar.

Neil Turn­bull, Cold­stream, and Alan Hunter, North Ber­wick, in their dou­ble kayak lead Gor­don Milne, Balvedie, and David Gir­ling, Oban, at the start.

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