RWSABC Tail O’ The Bank 2019

Photos by Alex Workmen
On Saturday 31 August 2019, 31 competitors had signed up to participate in the RWSABC Tail O’ The Bank Kayak and Surf Ski race.  Conditions were very windy and the course was changed from the original course that goes out into the Clyde and around the Captayannis sugar ship to a course up and down The Esplanade.  At the end, 3 surf ski competitors completed the 10 mile event with the winner being Robin Lang from Canada with a time of 1h39m, second was Alan Hunter from North Berwick with a time of 1h45m and third was Steve Glynn from Devon with a time of 1h51m.  Only one competitor finished the full 10 mile course in a kayak and that was Colin Campbell of RWSABC with a time of 1h49m.  Two Boat Club members completed the 4 mile event which was won by Mark Hansen with a time of 45m.  Mark Gallagher also completed the 4 mile event with a time of 50 minutes.
Challenge Medals were presented to Susan Smith from Drumchapel and Clydebank Kayak Club who had to retire after 6 miles and to Paul Hignet from Bishopbriggs who was competing in his first ever sea race and who also retired early.
There is an excellent write up of the event in Inverclyde Now and you can read more about the event by following this link: