Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The Ravenglass Seaquest

A seaquest is a quest for adventure on the sea, an opportunity to combine the skills of paddling a kayak or canoe with that of orienteering. The original name is derived from a sea kayak designed and built by Peter Roscoe who started the Seaquest events on the Wyre Estuary at Fleetwood several years ago with the local 'Outdoor Adventure Group'.

Phil and Annette who frequent the Ravenglass area were quite taken with the concept that they decided to run a 'Seaquest' of their own, an I offered to go along and help out.

It was a blustery day with rain showers and some paddlers found it difficult it first, battling with the strong winds.

Conditions soon calmed down and seemed to be doing well picking up points by finding control markers up and down the three estuaries (Irt, Esk and Mite).

The winner was local lad Chris Cripps

Sean and Lojska came first in the 'mixed doubles' (3rd place overall)

I was surprised at how much there is to do in this less visited, remote coastal edge of Cumbria. The Ravenglass Campsite was splendid, there is a minature railway, a haunted castle and plenty of walking and climbing nearby.

1 comment:

DaveO said...

Interesting competition! I have a friend in Barrow but have never paddled there (and I own a folding boat!). Sounds like something we could do here on Lake Superior, although I'm sure its better with Real Ale upon completion.