Roll, roll, roll your boat: Bute hosts kayak workshop

Instructor Lesley Mackay (right) demonstrates the art of kayak rolling in the waters off Port Bannatyne.
Instructor Lesley Mackay (right) demonstrates the art of kayak rolling in the waters off Port Bannatyne.

Kayaking expert Lesley Mackay visited Bute recently to demonstrate the art of ‘kayak rolling’ to a group of enthusiasts who came to the island from all over Scotland.

Kayak rolling - knowing how to right a capsized kayak quickly and easily while you’re paddling in the open water, without getting out of your boat - is a vital skill for any serious kayaker, although it’s not quite as straightforward as Lesley made it look during her two-day workshop in the waters off Port Bannatyne.

Roddy McDowell of Kayak Bute, who invited Lesley to the island, said: “Rolling is the best form of self-rescue when you’re out kayaking.

“For anyone who wants to be properly self-sufficient while in a kayak, it’s a great tool to have, because it means you can get yourself back upright, if you do capsize, without having to be rescued.

“Kayak Bute has run some very successful events in the past and we’re delighted again that people are coming to the island from all over the country to work on their skills.”

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