Kayak race ends in a dead-heat
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.
‘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.
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.