Monday, May 25, 2009

Kayak Caledonia progress report #1

Due to being at the 9th Scottish Sea Kayak Symposium in Skye, I have not yet posted the progress of my pals, Tony and Gavin's Kayak Caledonia expedition to raise funds for McMillan Cancer Releif and Childline.

Day 1, 22nd May: 17km.
Embarked from Morar, south of Mallaig at 18:30 in beautiful spring sunshine and light winds and made camp on Knoydart peninsula.

Day 2, 23rd May: 38km
Heavy rain, wind Force 4-5 S veering N. Spring tides. Tony and Gavin made their way up through the narrows separating Skye from the mainland. They passed the Sandaig islands before entering the tide races of Kyle Rhea and then Kyle Akin. They had a rough crossing in a head wind to the south of Applecross where they spent the night in a bothy.

Day 3, 24th May:0km
Heavy rain Force 6-7 SW. Stormbound day, second night in bothy.

Day 4, 25th May: 47km
Heavy rain clearing up. Force 3 S dropping during the day. Applecross, across Loch Torridon, round Redpoint and into Gareloch.

Follow the rest of Tony and Gavin's trip on their blog.