Kayakers keen battle in first race round Holy Isle

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Members of the Arran Kayak Club held their first race by circumnavigating Holy Isle in a battle against the elements and strong competition from each other.

Participants set off from Lamlash Pier on a bright but breezy morning. Force 3 south westerlies made for challenging conditions during the race, with most boats enjoying some sustained surfing on the east side of Holy Isle, and with paddlers finishing into a stiff headwind on the clockwise circumnavigation.

Officials on the dock clocked Andrew Rigbys’s winning time as one hour and 21 minutes. Andrew is a strong competitor and a regular sight off the coast in his black and white sea kayak.

Second placed Andy McNamara managed to keep up with Andrew until Wee Donald (the lighthouse), before falling a few minutes behind during the final stretch home into the headwind. Andy finished in one hour and 25 minutes.

Hot on their heels was Martin Wood in his super-light, but less quick kayak, coming home in one hour and 32 minutes. Fiona Clark appeared back not long after in one hour 45 minutes, with Mark Sadler bringing up the rear.

With the results so close together, participants are already looking forward to a rematch next year, possibly after the kayak volunteers have finished being boat support at next year’s Lamlash Splash.

                                                                                                                   Elanor McNamara

All of the participants at the inaugural Round Holy Isle kayak race: Andy McNamara, Martin Wood, Fiona Clark, Andrew Rigby and Mark Sadler.

Winners of the Round Holy Isle kayak race: Andy McNamara (silver) Andrew Rigby (gold) and Martin Wood (bronze). No_B40kayak01

All of the participants at the inaugural Round Holy Isle kayak race: Andy McNamara, Martin Wood, Fiona Clark, Andrew Rigby and Mark Sadler. No_B40kayak02