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Sea kayaking and lobster creeling

Sea kayaking with moon jelly fish

Belhaven Leavers 2018

Sea kayaking and lobster creeling

and a stop at Ardmore to see the 1966 Atlantic rowing boat

Tuesday August 14th 2018

The day began with a morning run at 7am, a chance to get the sleep out of eyes and the blood flowing before breakfast. The team are healthy eaters with lots taking the porridge option before tucking into sausages and fried eggs.

The Reds were sea kayaking this morning and with conditions calmer than forecast the team were able to paddle all the way to the northern edge of Survival Island, exploring the coves and bays along the way with a cracking game of sea kayak polo enroute.

Meanwhile the Blues climbed aboard Argo, one of our two workboats, to pull in lobster creels that had been laid in Loch A Chadh-Fi. Amongst the catch today was a dogfish, and two lobsters in one creel. After quick inspection and some info about the different creatures the team released their catch back into the sea. They also stopped at Ardmore to see the rowing boat that Rebecca’s father used to cross the North Atlantic in 1966 and Rebecca’s own 1992 Cape Horn Expedition kayak, and to hear stories of those two great adventures.

With a quick look at shelter building too the teams then swapped after lunch with the Blues going kayaking and the Reds creeling.

Tomorrow sees the two teams build rafts from old mussel farm barrels, wooden spars and ropes, and race them together on the sea loch, and compete on a wilderness orienteering course before heading to Survival Island.

Its been overcast with light showers blowing through today but the team are in fine fettle and full of beans.