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Lismore Kayak Challenge: Ganavan to Lismore Light and backThe Lismore Kayak Challenge

18km race to the lighthouse and back!
Ganavan to Lismore Lighthouse

Welcome to the west coast's newest sea kayak race - the Lismore Kayak Challenge. 18km of adrenaline from Ganavan Beach, Oban out to Lismore Lighthouse and back.

With a successful trial race in 2014, organiser Gus Brydon is looking to attract even more sea kayak racers to this year's Lismore Kayak Challenge. The race starts at Ganavan Sands (just north of Oban town) and goes out to the iconic Stevenson built lighthouse on Eilean Musdile at the southern tip of the island of Lismore....and back. As with August's Oban Sea Kayak Race, funds raised from the Lismore Kayak Challenge are to support Oban Lifeboat.

The Perfect Warm-up

Anyone arriving early for the Lismore Challenge might fancy a quick warm-up in the 'Ganavan Sprints'... Knock-out races on very short (150-200m) out and back courses, designed by Patrick Winterton! A good test of your starting and technical skills, but certainly not enough to damage your chances in the main event.

The Schedule: (register before 12:00)

Open to all. Start: Ganavan Beach (as main event). Rules explained on start line.
Heats: 12:00-12:20
Semi finals: 12:25-12:35
Finals: 12:45
All in LeMans Dash. 13:00


The course:

  • The start line will be 2 metres from waters edge out from the beach.
  • The Lighthouse can clearly be seen due West from Ganavan 9km distant. Approaching the Lighthouse from the East, the kayakers will circumnavigate clockwise, the small Island situated to the South East of the Lighthouse (see map) and make their way back to Ganavan Beach (9km), keeping to the North and avoiding the Caledonian MacBraynes Ferries coming and going to and from Oban Bay.
  • An official OSKR support boat will marshal the crossing and in event of the race being abandoned, all kayakers must adhere to the instructions of the support boat.
  • Finish Ganavan Beach
  • The race is deemed complete once the bow of the race kayak comes into contact with the beach and this action has been acknowledged by the timekeepers.
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