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Oban Sea Kayak Race - start photos.

Postby swagstaff » Sat Sep 04, 2010 3:43 pm

53 entries on the start line with warm dry conditions & two locals on the wind advantaged south end one with Greenland paddle & the other in the XP18

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Re: Race start photos.

Postby MikeB » Sat Sep 04, 2010 4:03 pm

Quite a spectacle !
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby CaptainSensible » Sat Sep 04, 2010 4:45 pm

A few (at least three) Rockpool Tarans in there too. Someone's been busy.

complete set on flickr

full size version of the one with the XP18 & the chap using a greenland paddle - nice contrast between a traditional thing and the latest'n'greatest thing.
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby swagstaff » Sat Sep 04, 2010 5:20 pm

Finish Times.
1st 1hr 55mins Rockpool Taran Guess who ??
2nd 2hrs 10mins Point 65 XP18 Jon Warwick
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby MikeB » Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:04 am

swagstaff wrote:Finish Times.
1st 1hr 55mins Rockpool Taran Guess who ??


No idea. Must be you you I suppose if you're not posting the winners name?

Congratulations to whoever it was - and congratulations to Jon as well - good that it all went off well. Mike
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby scotty » Sun Sep 05, 2010 8:51 am

I would not bet against J.W. Looks like boxing the taran's in at the start didn't work!
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby chrism » Sun Sep 05, 2010 1:29 pm

swagstaff wrote:Finish Times.
1st 1hr 55mins Rockpool Taran Guess who ??
2nd 2hrs 10mins Point 65 XP18 Jon Warwick

I'd suggest it looks like there's an advantage to having the initials JW.
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby Jim » Sun Sep 05, 2010 7:13 pm

I didn't realise I'd started that deep in the field (out of shot), in fact I thought I was lining myself up with John Willacy.... not that I remained in sight of any of the racing boats for more than a km.

Congratulations to John, presumably since that was the first round Kerrera race that counts as another record to chalk up? :-)
John Bunyan finished 1st for the seniors, close behind Jon Warwick having lead him by 100m for most of the way round.
The secret is more than having the initials JW. I have those initials, and I think my time was 3 hours 11 minutes (which was pretty well as I'd hoped for in the conditions).

Great event - thanks to Gus and Mark and all their helpers, RIB drivers, Coastguard launch etc. etc.
The decision with the weather was perfect, I'll bet there were some nervous moments for the support vessels as the squalls battered the fleet towards the end of the first leg, and then it all became good as we expected.

I met some some great people at the weekend and had some good fun although my shoulders are trying to tell me otherwise. I might have to do some more of this high speed concentrating on what you're doing stuff!
You can find more of my rambling thoughts on my blog if you want (no photo's, I had to put a number where my camera normally goes).
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby johnb » Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:11 pm

Just seen this thread after posting in the other one we had been using earlier - nice to meet up with you Jim! - had an exciting moment on the drive home when a gust of wind hit the car on the Erskine Bridge and my roofrack decided to dis-assemble itself!
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby Jim » Sun Sep 05, 2010 10:56 pm

johnb wrote:Just seen this thread after posting in the other one we had been using earlier - nice to meet up with you Jim! - had an exciting moment on the drive home when a gust of wind hit the car on the Erskine Bridge and my roofrack decided to dis-assemble itself!


Crikey, I'm glad I stopped short of the bridge then! It seemed much windier here this afternoon than when I left Oban, although I did stop to adjust my end lines at one point on the way back.

Hope you got home safe in the end
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby johnb » Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:01 pm

@Jim: Yeah, luckily the way I had tied the boats on held it together until we pulled into a services to sort it out. I read your blog, very entertaining, though I don't think John W would call himself a NWSK "member".
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby Gus Brydon » Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:31 pm

Great report Jim, I loved reading about the event from someone who was taking part. I was not that far ahead of you, the sea condition at the South of the Island was quite exciting and added another dimension to the race I felt. Mark and I have had so many positive reports back from most of the people who took part, including all the public who turned out to make it a fantastic day.
We will certainly be making this an annual event, and hope to attract many more sea kayakers to this beautiful part of the British Isles.
We would love to welcome you next year Jim and will follow the event up with a full report, issuing the complete results of all entrants on our website this week.
Thanks for all your positive imput to this event.
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby Jim » Sun Sep 05, 2010 11:53 pm

@Johnb - yeah I realised afterwards John W probably isn't NWSK, but it was funny the way he and Pascale were sitting next you lot so it looked like all the awards were going to one group :-)

@Gus - I knew you couldn't have been far ahead because you were still hanging around the finish when I got in, must have been at least 10 minutes though because I reckon I was at least 5 behind before I stopped for 5 - I don't have a racers bladder :-)

I'm going to have to practice for next year, see if I can go a bit quicker.....

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Re: Race start photos.

Postby Kate D » Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:47 pm

How about a complete results list? or maybe a report of the womens results (or was this just a bloke thing?)
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby MikeB » Mon Sep 06, 2010 12:55 pm

Congrats to JW on his win!

Well done to the organising team for the event - from the f/back I had from another competitor from the Fife club it was a blast! Maybe we'll put in a "team" next year.

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Re: Race start photos.

Postby Jim » Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:43 pm

Kate D wrote:How about a complete results list? or maybe a report of the womens results (or was this just a bloke thing?)


They will be put on the website later in the week, I think for now Gus was just highlighting how far ahead JW was of the rest of the fleet - 15 minutes between 1st and second, one hour between second and the mid thirties......

Definitely not just a bloke thing (I just didn't remember all the winners names), my observation was that there seemed to be a really good spread amongst the 4 main classes - Open Men, Senior Men, Open women and Senior Women. I estimate that there were 35 boats ahead of me, so if I was the 11th open male there were plenty from the other classes ahead of me. No one class list looked significantly longer than any other at registration.

I'm pretty sure the first 2 open women were Pascale and Annette, I'm afraid I didn't retain many names other than the little group of us that went into town on Saturday night.

The only K2 was all women, and the only team had a woman too - those being the only classes slightly under-subscribed. I'm sure they will grow in the future though.

Mike - there were a few who did it as more of a tour than a race so I'm sure there is room for everyone to enjoy themselves. Speaking of touring and racing, are you getting involved in the Tay descent over the canoe show weekend? I've run it all in canoe and the serious racers will be using composite boats anyway so I was thinking about using my sea boat.... A few shallow gravelly bits on the long course but nothing that would really hurt the boat.
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby MikeB » Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:50 pm

Jim wrote:Mike - there were a few who did it as more of a tour than a race so I'm sure there is room for everyone to enjoy themselves. Speaking of touring and racing, are you getting involved in the Tay descent over the canoe show weekend? I've run it all in canoe and the serious racers will be using composite boats anyway so I was thinking about using my sea boat.... A few shallow gravelly bits on the long course but nothing that would really hurt the boat.


Hi Jim - no, not involved - I'll be at the Show, but doubt I'll be doing any paddling -enjoy though, I did have some (minimal) involvment at the early planning stages and it looks like it will be an excellent outing!

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Re: Race start photos.

Postby Jim » Mon Sep 06, 2010 1:53 pm

MikeB wrote:
Jim wrote:Mike - there were a few who did it as more of a tour than a race so I'm sure there is room for everyone to enjoy themselves. Speaking of touring and racing, are you getting involved in the Tay descent over the canoe show weekend? I've run it all in canoe and the serious racers will be using composite boats anyway so I was thinking about using my sea boat.... A few shallow gravelly bits on the long course but nothing that would really hurt the boat.


Hi Jim - no, not involved - I'll be at the Show, but doubt I'll be doing any paddling -enjoy though, I did have some (minimal) involvment at the early planning stages and it looks like it will be an excellent outing!

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Take part then, I'm sure you'll enjoy it (or do you mean you are working an SCA stand at the show?)
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby MikeB » Mon Sep 06, 2010 6:06 pm

Jim wrote:Take part then, I'm sure you'll enjoy it (or do you mean you are working an SCA stand at the show?)


Very unlikely to be taking part - I have a notable dislike of long stretches of flat river in a river boat and most certainly have no intention of taking the sea boat anywhere near it! I've no SCA involvement these days, but I expect the SCA stand will be the usual excellent shop front of all things paddling in Scotland.

Enjoy - Mike.
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby Gus Brydon » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:08 pm

OBAN SEA KAYAK RACE RESULTS.
Thanks to all who took part on this inaugural race and made it
so successful.

POS. NAME TIME
1 JOHN WILLACY ANGLESEY 1:55:41
2 JONATHAN WARWICK OBAN 2:12:00
3 JOHN BUNYAN CHESHIRE 2:13:56
4 BRUCE MACGREGOR OBAN 2:16:12
5 KENNETH BRYCE ARGYLL 2:17:58
6 JONATHAN HUTT CASTLECARY 2:19:27
7 GLEN PARRY LANCASHIRE 2:19:45
8 PETER BRYSON PRESTWICK 2:22:24
9 DUNCAN GRAY KILMACOLM 2:24:37
10 TONY HAMMOCK CONNEL 2:25:12
11 BARRY BRAMLEY TAYNUILT 2:26:23
12 RODNEY COLLINS PRESTWICK 2:27:29
13 ALLAN WELSH GLASGOW 2:29:09
14 MARTIN HADLINGTON ISLE OF SEIL 2:30:43
15 TOM WILDING NORTH CONNEL 2:31:41
16 PASCALE EICHENMULLER LLANFAIRPOILL 2:33:25
17 JONATHAN HANSON 2:33:36
18 CAROL COLLIS/ LIZ SWAN DOUBLE KAYAK 2:34:48
19 KEVIN MCINNES DUNBEG 2:36:15
20 ALAN MCBURNEY 2:37:09
21 DAVIE MEDDES LISMORE ISLAND 2:38:40
22 ANDREW KEEN EAST KILBRIDE 2:39:20
23 SUSAN SMITH HELENSBURGH 2:40:56
24 GLYNIS PRETSWELL OBAN 2:44:46
25 RUTH CLARK HELENSBURGH 2:46:14
26 ANNETTE MORRIS COCKERMOUTH 2:50:40
27 TOM FISHER ARDFERN 2:52:33
28 PHIL CHEECK MACCKLESFIELD 2:52:56
29 GUS BRYDON OBAN 2:53:25
30 ANDREW FEELEY BURY 2:54:25
31 GILL BARNSLEY OBAN 2:56:55
32 DON ATKINSON RYTON 2:56:56
33 JOHN SIMPSON OBAN 2:58:03
34 WENDY BRAMLEY TAYNUILT 2:59:00
35 JAMES WALLIS DUMBARTON 3:11:40
36 DAVID NICOL ISLE OF SEIL 3:17:15
37 BEN CARTER TEAM BONAWE 3:33:05
38 CAROLINE CARTER TEAM BONAWE 3:37:02
39 PETER HUSEMANN TEAM BONAWE 3:37:02
40 CHRIS CARTER OBAN FUN GROUP 4:01:00
41 DAVID BRUCE OBAN FUN GROUP 4:02:05
42 YUKO BLAIR-SMITH OBAN FUN GROUP 4:03:10
43 ANDREW BLAIR-SMITH OFG 4:03:11
44 GILLIAN FAIRCLOUGH OFG 4:03:50
45 FRAN MCCLOSKEY OBAN FUN GROUP 4:04:20
46 LUCY HEYCOCK OBAN FUN GROUP 4:04:40
47 FEDOR BUNGE OBAN FUN GROUP 4:04:52
48 CHRISTINE ROBERTSON OFG 4:05:07
49 HELEN WILSON OBAN FUN GROUP 4:07:05
50 LIZ PARKS OBAN FUN GROUP 4:09:02
51 COLIN MCWILLIAMS- FUN GROUP COACH
52 ADAM RICHARDS- FUN GROUP COACH
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby Gus Brydon » Mon Sep 06, 2010 9:27 pm

MEN’S OPEN SINGLE SEA KAYAK

POS. NAME TIME
1ST
JOHN WILLACY (WINNER OF THE CHAMPIONS TROPHY) ANGLESEY 1:55:41
2ND JONATHAN WARWICK
OBAN 2:12:00
3RD BRUCE MACGREGOR
OBAN 2:16:12

LADIES OPEN SINGLE SEA KAYAK
1ST PASCALE EICHENMULLER
LLANFAIRPOILL 2:33:25
2ND ANNETTE MORRIS
COCKERMOUTH 2:50:40
3RD GILL BARNSLEY
OBAN 2:56:55

MEN’S SENIOR SINGLE SEA KAYAK
1ST JOHN BUNYAN CHESHIRE 2:13:56

2ND KENNETH BRYCE
ARGYLL 2:17:58
3RD JONATHAN HUTT
CASTLECARY 2:19:27
LADIES SENIOR SINGLE SEA KAYAK

1ST SUSAN SMITH HELENSBURGH 2:40:56

2ND GLYNIS PRETSWELL
OBAN 2:44:46
3RD RUTH CLARK
HELENSBURGH 2:46:14
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby Jim » Mon Sep 06, 2010 11:30 pm

Thanks Gus - the times make interesting reading, rarely more than 2 minutes between finish times (until you get to me, 12 minute gap)
It seems there were only 34 boats ahead of me - my estimate was out by 1, I like that!
In buggy racing if there are more than about 3 buggies ahead of me I haven't a clue where I am in the field :-)
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Re: Race start photos.

Postby tommfuller » Wed Sep 08, 2010 2:51 pm

That's great. Pity we missed it, we would have come first in the mixed doubles! (and last...)

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Re: Oban Sea Kayak Race - start photos.

Postby John W » Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:38 pm

The wind advantage at the south end does not seem to have been that significant!

A big thankyou and well done to Gus Brydon, Mark Carter and everyone else involved on the day (and behind the scenes...) with the Oban Sea Kayak race. It was a an excellent event that was run very smoothly despite the challenging weather conditions and has raised the stock of Oban on the sea kayaking circuit - as well as a good chunk of cash for the RNLI.

It was refreshing to be treated like adults in this nannying world. Supplied with warnings and advice we were allowed to go out and make our own decisions on the water - as far as I am aware nobody dropped out and all seemed to enjoy themselves.

A very well run event and one to add to the calendar for next year.

Take a look at Steve Cross' photos of the race as well as his spectacular other galleries.

[urlhttp://www.stevecrossphotography.co.uk/picture%20of%20the%20week.html][/url]

I didn't know Jim could go so fast.

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Re: Oban Sea Kayak Race - start photos.

Postby delphinidae » Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:11 pm

fixed the link - Steve Cross' pictures from the Oban Race

I'm intrigued by the Taran. Seems to be some kind of cross between a conventional sea/expedition boat and a racing/surf ski. How does it handle with the rudder up, and when would you want to want to swap it for something like a Nordkapp/Cetus/your favourite sea boat?
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Re: Oban Sea Kayak Race - start photos.

Postby Jim » Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:17 pm

The photo of John Bunyan (says it's of Bruce Macgregor) should be a caption competition - what is he doing?
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Re: Oban Sea Kayak Race - start photos.

Postby Gus Brydon » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:35 am

I've contacted Steve about the mixup with John and Bruce and this should change soon.
Mark and I are already organising next year's event, so if anyone is intending to come back to Oban
and race for the Challenge Cup won by John Willacy last week, tell us and we'll provisionally add you to the list for 2011.
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Re: Oban Sea Kayak Race - start photos.

Postby johnb » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:45 am

Gus - can you keep an eye on dates and contact other organisers? Would be a shame if the Oban race clashed with Fleetwood - they were on consecutive weekends this year, but you are never sure how tide/times etc move events about. Seaquest website: http://www.oag.me.uk/seaquest_2010.html
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Re: Oban Sea Kayak Race - start photos.

Postby Gus Brydon » Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:58 am

Cheers John, I'll contact them once we provisionally choose a weekend that suits and hopefully we can avoid a clash. Is there a site that shows an event diary for the UK?
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Re: Oban Sea Kayak Race - start photos.

Postby johnb » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:34 pm

Is there a site that shows an event diary for the UK?


Now there's one for Mr Willacy's site..... John has "next race" links on the specific race pages, but would be nice to see it all together.

Calendar of races where sea kayaks are welcome [this year's dates to give you an idea when they are...]...
Ravenglass Seaquest (17/4)
Conwy Ascent (15/5)
Windermere Solstice (20/6)
Coquet Island (26/6/2011 - date for next year already set...)
Eddystone Challenge (14/8)
Oban (4/9)
Fleetwood Seaquest (11/9)
Poole Harbour (12/9)

Any others?...
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