Kirkcaldy Canoe Club held their eagerly anticipated 30th anniversary event at Kinghorn Loch on Friday evening. To celebrate 30 successful years a race in four man K4 kayaks was held over 30 minutes.
Paddlers, past and present, from Kirkcaldy and other Scottish clubs came along to join in the racing. Teams were drawn from random taking in paddlers from various age and ability categories to make very even teams. This gave newer paddlers the opportunity to paddle with more experienced paddlers during the event. The only stipulation was that every paddler had to paddle once, whether that was one lap or six laps.
The race was completed in K4 boats. There are only seven of these boats in Scotland, and six of them were at Kinghorn for the event. This was the first time all six boats had been racing together in Scotland at the same time.
The weather was excellent with calm, warm conditions. The racing was close with many teams taking turns at the front, with some crews doing three laps before a pit stop and some doing two. This kept the eventual winner unknown until the closing stages of the event.
The winning team who managed to complete 6.5 laps in 30 minutes were Kristina Medovcikova (SCA), Brian McMorrin (KCC), Gareth Smith (Linlithgow), Fay McGlashan (KCC), Tanya Marshall (Linlithgow), and Ollie Carruthers (Forth).
In the junior event for under-12 paddlers two teams raced over two laps in the mini K4’s known as Rockets. These are smaller and more suited to youngsters than the traditional K4’s. This event had 10 entrants and the winning team was led home by KCC paddlers Rachel Syme, April Chapman, Alex Scullion, Owen Scullion, and Reece Martin.
The event was followed by a barbeque and raffle. Also on display at the loch was Kirkcaldy’s new K2 boat donated by Trueform Engineering to the club. This boat will make its racing debut next weekend at the Scottish Sprint Championships to be held on the regatta course at Strathclyde Park.
Kirkcaldy Canoe Club train at Kinghorn Loch on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 1800 until October. All are welcome to come along and try out the sport.