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Sub heading: Plans to make it an annual event
The inaugural round Arran circumnavigation by the Arran Kayak Club was such a resounding and enjoyable success that the event, known as the Crazy Kayaking Day, will now become a regular feature on the club’s calendar.
Starting at midnight on Sunday morning a contingent of paddlers set off from the Outdoor Centre in Lamlash, guided by the moonlight. The sea was calm and as smooth as a millpond and gleaming with phosphorescence.
With at least three paddlers undertaking each of the 11 clockwise legs of the route – most joined by supporters along the way – the early paddlers enjoyed a stunning golden sunrise as the early morning sunshine held promise for a day of beautiful weather and clear waters.
Adding to the enjoyment the weather continued to be glorious throughout the day and the paddlers enjoyed the calm and clear water around Arran which made it easy to spot an array of life in the sea.
Shore support was provided by Beth Mowatt who kept everyone going with a mobile tearoom in the back of her van, while Andy McNamara transported a trailer full of kayaks to make the changes at each of the legs quicker and smoother.
At each leg the next relay paddlers were ready and waiting in the water, the club mascots were handed over and off they went.
The final leg of the event from Brodick slipway was around 8pm with an array of craft paddling out to welcome and support the last group of paddlers on the home stretch back to the Outdoor Centre.
By the end of a long but satisfying day, 41 members had taken part in the Crazy Kayaking Day including Millie the dog who supported and entertained the paddlers all day and who welcomed them back at the end.
Organisers thanked all of the paddlers, supporters and helpers and, owing to its huge success, decided along with club members that they would repeat the event next year.
For more information about the Arran Kayak Club or how to join, amyone interested can email firstname.lastname@example.org or find the group on Facebook.
Some of the Arran Kayak Club who participated in the round Arran circumnavigation. No_B26kayak01
The early morning paddlers who set off in the dark were treated to a stunning golden sunrise on the water. No_B26kayak02
Club member Sid Townsend enjoyed the clear waters of Arran. No_B26kayak03
Mary Smyth paddling close to the shoreline off Imachar No_B26kayak04
Millie the club mascot joined members on the water. No_B26kayak05
Lesley Elliott and Beth Mowatt set out in a canoe to welcome the final relay team back home. No_B26kayak06
Jo Totty, Andrew Rigby, Sue Ash and Paul Chandler get a close up view of a large three masted ship near Lochranza. No_B26kayak07
The final relay group from Brodick are welcomed back to Lamlash as the sun begins to set. No_B26kayak08
Paddlers in Brodick are silhouetted by the mountains of Glen Rosa in the early evening gloaming. No_B26kayak09