Coquet Canoe Club ‘Round the Island Race’ 2022 – Results

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A forecast (and reality) of strong westerly winds may well have put some people off,
and the numbers were down on last year, with only 22 entries. The route out to the
island was easy, but the return in a good Force 5 and the resulting chop heading out to
sea was both wet and tiring, with only the consolation that it improved closer to shore.
However, every one made it home, although 1 paddler had to turn back at the harbour
entrance due to a arm injury.
As last year, the first craft home was a female SKI paddler – Lizette Kemp, her time
being about 4 minutes slower than last year’s winner due to the conditions.
Ian Makkison was the first seakayak – a Tiderace 18, and the first touring Seakayak
home was Roswitha Wagenknecht.
Last, but no least was Geof Ellis, paddling a Pyhrana Fusion, not an easy boat for the
conditions!
It is good to see that competitors make sensible decisions about their ability to cope
with the conditions on the day – all justified and no work for the safety boats – 2
Coquet Shorebase powerboats and the assistance of the Amble lifeboat crew.
As usual, the age range of competitors was weight towards the upper end – only 3
under 45 and 2/3rds of them over 55.
We are planning to be running the race next year on June 11th – Hope to see you all there…