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

18km race to the lighthouse and back!
Register now for the 2017 Challenge

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.

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 2015 Challenge raised more than £400.


To register for this year's Lismore Kayak Challenge, please complete the form below.



Ganavan Sands is the assembly point for the Lismore Kayak Challenge. On arrival in Oban from the A85, follow signs for Ganavan Beach, continue along the Esplanade for 2km until reaching the road end at Ganavan Sands. Parking is in front of the beach, a parking meter may be in operation. All kayaks should be on the beach and ready for the sea after scrutinising by 13:30 on the day of the Race.


Scrutinising will take place on the Beach from 11am onwards. Race brief will take place at 13:30. Please abide by these conditions. Laminated A5 Race/ID Numbers will be issued at checkpoint desk situated on the Beach, Race/ID Numbers must be clearly visible when paddling and placed on the left.

Event Rules

The rules for this event will be the same as the Oban Sea Kayak Race rules. The Lismore Kayak Challenge is open to Sea Kayaks single and double, including Ocean Surf Ski and Outriggers. Entry for this event is £20, which can be made through the PayPal system, or by post to the address shown.

Prize-giving Reception

Once the paddlers have completed the race and have had their times recorded, refreshments and snacks will be made available on the beach, with the Prize-giving reception starting shortly after. A BBQ will follow where burgers and drinks will be available for a nominal charge. For further drinks, bring your own.

As with the Oban Sea Kayak Race, all proceeds from this event will be presented to The Oban Lifeboat.

This event will be dictated by the weather conditions on the day. If the organisers think that the weather forecast is becoming too adverse in the days leading up to the event, they will notify everyone by email who has entered and post notice on Social Media Channels.

For further information about arrangements on Race day call Gus Brydon 07747695016


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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