Stron­tian

The Oban Times - - Districts -

TWO men at­tempt­ing to pad­dle around main­land Bri­tain in an open ca­noe in aid of a chil­dren's char­ity have set off.

Ex-po­lice of­fi­cer Colin Skeath, who now lives in Stron­tian, and his nephew, Davis Gould-Duff, are at­tempt­ing the chal­lenge in a Swift Temagami open ca­noe.

The pair set off from from out­side the Su­nart Ho­tel on Sun­day in a clock­wise di­rec­tion.

Strong winds meant the first day of the 2,500-mile trip was stren­u­ous but the sun has been shin­ing since, making con­di­tions fairly com­fort­able, ac­cord­ing to Colin's wife Ka­t­rina. She told the Lochaber

Times: ‘They were both re­ally anx­ious to set off. We have been pre­par­ing for this for a long time so they just wanted to get crack­ing re­ally.

‘They had some rough seas the first night as they were head­ing up to Kil­choan so they never man­aged to go around Ard­na­mur­chan un- til Mon­day morn­ing and they stopped on Eigg. They set off again and made it over to Ar­madale.’

The plan is for Colin and Davis to do two shifts a day. Where pos­si­ble they will pad­dle and then find somewhere to stop un­til the tide changes.

Ka­t­rina will meet them ap­prox­i­mately ev­ery five days to hand over ex­tra food and wa­ter, bat­ter­ies and mem­ory cards for their cam­eras.

She added: ‘The weather has been lovely for them al­though I had a con­ver­sa­tion with them ear­lier to­day (Tues­day) and it has been a tough pad­dle be­cause the wind dropped. They are head­ing up to­ward Kyle Rhea and in the di­rec­tion of Skye Bridge.’

Money raised from the trip will be do­nated to For­get Me Not chil­dren's hospice which sup­ports chil­dren with life-short­en­ing con­di­tions and their fam­i­lies. To do­nate visit http://ca­noearoundbri­tain.com/.

Colin Skeath and nephew Davis Gould Duff.

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