Kirkcaldy Canoe Club paddlers enjoyed yet more success on Sunday after clinching the Highland Series Trophy for the first time following the Dee marathon.
Kirkcaldy began the day in third place in the Highland Series league table behind North East Sea Kayak club and Integrate Paddling, however dominant performances by KCC paddlers on all three courses saw the points deficit overhauled.
The Dee marathon was the final event in the 2009 Highland Series, with events already held on the Rivers Ness and Spey.
Low water levels on the Dee made much of the river very shallow, with a turning tide in the centre of Aberdeen providing little advantage. On the long course, over 10 miles, Kirkcaldy paddler Colin McMorrin scored maximum points finishing in 1:09.57, followed home by Neil Chalmers in second place.
KCC paddler and former Masters World Champion, Andy Morton won the 7 mile short course in a time of 51:29. Second Master over the line was KCC’s Alan Mackintosh, Margaret Chapman was first lady, Derek Veale was first veteran, Michael Chalmers first senior, and Paula Henderson was first junior lady in 57:46.
On the mini course, held over a 3 mile course in the estuary area, Colin Chapman finished first in 22:05, less than half a boat length ahead of team mate Matthew McVay. James McKeown was third. Alan Henderson paddled on a racing ski, a craft used by beach lifeguards, to finish seventh. In ninth position, Blair Henderson completed his first marathon in a racing K1 after graduating from the Lightning class. Second Lightning paddler was Iain Chapman.
These results meant Kirkcaldy Canoe Club finished the Highland Series in first place with 2167 points, closely followed by Integrate on 1632, and NESKY in third with 1605.
The previous weekend Kirkcaldy Paddlers had attended the River Isla marathon. This race over 2 mile and 6 mile courses produced good results for Kirkcaldy Paddlers with several gaining promotion including Derek Veale to division 5, Matthew McVay and Colin Chapman to division 7, and Daniel Malcolm to division 8.
The next race for KCC is the K2 10k Scottish Championships in four weeks with the annual prize giving at Linlithgow Loch.