Rescheduled Kayak Event takes place in aid of Hayling RNLI Lifeboat Station
The annual Round the Island Kayak Event was postponed in September due to high winds but found weather window on 12 October.
On a calm but wet day 41 kayakers set off from the Lifeboat Station to paddle round Hayling. Once round Eastoke Point they had a smooth trip along to the Inn on the Beach where a few had fun coming ashore in the gentle breaking waves. (pictured Baz Marsh and son Lewis) Two teenagers had to retire as they had found the going tough but the remaining group set off for Langstone Harbour and a stop at Langstone Sailing Club. As they then came back down the eastern side of Hayling they met a little wind and some small waves and this was a challenge. All however got back unaided to the Lifeboat Station with Tim O’Brian from Milton Keynes first home at 14:00, closely followed by Ashley Padmore and Russel Saunders both from Hayling. Tim said ‘It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done and the last leg was the most difficult.’ Organisers Mark Pannell (Fire Service) and Jules Hewson (RNLI) said ‘This was a great day with everyone doing well despite the light rain. There was a great atmosphere of camaraderie and we look forward to the sponsorship funding rolling in. See you next year!’