Oban Sea Kayak Race returns to Oban and a new starting site


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The Oban Sea Kayak Race resumed its annual race around Kerrera Island on Sunday with 47 entries.

Organizers had to cancel the 2020 event due to restrictions related to the Covid virus.

Due to the demolition of the Kilbowie Outdoor Center earlier this year, it was decided to move the start and finish line to the Oban Sailing Club, using the facilities of the clubhouse, which had was generously donated for the day by the Oban Sailing Club, with the adjoining Gallanach Park being used for registration, post-race presentations and the barbecue.

With the forecast for good weather again in Oban, there was an enthusiastic expectation among all attendees and organizers after the long lockdown.

Competitors had come from England and South Wales as well as Inverness and the Borders to take part in this popular event on the UK sea kayaking calendar.
With light winds forecast and low tides, organizers were hoping for good finish times, but did not expect the record time, set by Mark Ressel of Devon in 2016 of 1:36:16, to be on the point of being broken – twice.

A triple Surf Ski, paddled by Lizzy Polgreen, Lizelle Kemp and Lina Kraus of East Lothian, finished first in a record time of 1:34:22, with second place Duncan Capps of Surrey running a single Surf Ski just behind the Ladies, in another record time of 1:35:28.

The Ladies Championship Cup was presented to Lizzy, Lizelle and Lina, as well as a bottle of Isle of Colonsay Gin kindly donated by Oban Whiskey and Fine Wines.
The Men’s Championship Cup was presented to Duncan Capps with a bottle of Oban whiskey.

The organizers of this event would like to thank all those who participated in the race and who gave up their Sunday, helping to make this event the success it has become.

A special thank you to the support boats, without whom this event could never have taken place. Thanks also to Jackson’s the Butchers, who annually provide their burgers for the post-race barbecue free of charge.

The Oban Sea Kayak Race is a non-profit organized event with the money and race fees collected on the day being donated to The Oban Lifeboat. Sunday’s event raised £ 1,500 for the Oban lifeboat.


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