Stron­tian

The Oban Times - - Districts -

A DE­TER­MINED, fundrais­ing duo plan­ning to be­come the first ad­ven­tur­ers to cir­cum­nav­i­gate main­land Bri­tain in an open ca­noe will set off from Stron­tian.

Colin Skeath and his nephew, Davis Gould-Duff, are mak­ing the at­tempt in a Swift Temagami craft and will leave from out­side the Su­nart Ho­tel on Sun­day April 30.

The pair plan to cover the 2,500 miles clock­wise. When con­di­tions al­low, they will take the short­est route be­tween daily stops, tak­ing max­i­mum ad­van­tage of each tide.

Colin said: ‘My wife Katrina and I have moved to Stron­tian from Hal­i­fax in West York­shire, where we both worked for West York­shire Po­lice. We had been com­ing to the west coast for a long time and had been hop­ing to move up for the past 13 years. Now we have fi­nally done it. Al­though it will make the cir­cum­nav­i­ga­tion longer, we thought it would be nice to start at Stron­tian as it is now our home. Davis is 25 years old - half my age - and is cur­rently liv­ing in Limerick in South­ern Ire­land. He will be giv­ing up his job work­ing in an out­door shop to en­able him to go on the trip.’

As well as be­ing a per­sonal chal­lenge, Colin and Davis will be rais­ing money for the For­get Me Not Char­ity.

Colin added: ‘I feel very for­tu­nate when I look at the strug­gles some peo­ple face in their daily lives, so to be able to sup­port a char­ity is a priv­i­lege.’

To find out more or do­nate visit www.ca­noearoundbri­tain.com.

Colin Skeath with his nephew, Davis, will pad­dle from Stron­tian on April 30 to cir­cum­nav­i­gate the UK in an open ca­noe.

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