Coquet Canoe Club ‘ Round the Island Race’ 2018

No major problems this year, with relatively light winds and a noticeable, but not serious swell – although at least one paddler took it a bit too close at one point and needed a swift roll. The whole fleet of 35 were round and back in under 90 mins.

Again, practically all the competitors were in Seakayaks, apart from a couple of SKIs, Andy Morton in his WWR and Philip Cousins, who hesitated between his usual river boat and a seakayak he hadn’t paddled before, before going for the one he was happy in! We seem to have settled into this being a fairly serious Seakayak race – unlike the previous years when all and sundry turned up in whatever boat they had handy, and we ran under 4m classes as well.

Times were a little slower than last year - more swell makes for a longer course. Kenny Fraser was first in a time of 44 mins 45 secs, in his Interceptor kayak, closely followed by Lizelle Kemp in a SKI. Andy Morton was in third place, but later admitted to wash hanging on the RNLI Shannon as it came back into harbour (nothing in the rules about it..). Roswitha Wagenknecht was the first lady in a seakayak. There were 6 female competitors, and 3 Juniors from the home club – with Dylan Sweet being the first back, gaining the Club Rab Beal trophy for the 3rd year running.

20 competitors finished the race in under an hour; with the oldest person – 81 year old Peter Roscoe - just missing this by 4 secs.

The breakdown of age categories is as follows:

75+ - 1 man

65+ - 5 men

55+ - 8 men and 2 women

45+ - 10 men and 4 women

35+ - 1 man

Seniors - none

Juniors - 3 male

The first 5 men home were over 55 - not sure what this proves!

Next year’s race is on June 30th - see you then.