ARWC 2007: All at sea (Sunday)

The racers awoke to yet another glorious day. So it was on with the sun tan lotion and into the kayaks for the start. From now on it?s non-stop racing to the finish ? with the first teams due back sometime Thursday and the last in a week. At just gone eight they were off. Their route took them south to a checkpoint on Eigg. After that it was due east to the mainland before heading north to shores at Morar. Here they took a short portage to the fresh waters of Loch Morar, where Morag lives (Nessie?s sister). On Loch Morar, the teams paddled to Tarbet via a second portage.

Kayaking away from Rum with film crews in tow

There were a few incidents on this long kayak stage. Firstly, team The North Face, were rammed just prior to the start by their old team mates. They had to return to Rum to fix a large gash in the side of their kayak. They set off two hours late in good spirits for a lonely crossing and are now catching back markers. Team Buff/ became the first race retirement; fished out the water mid crossing by a safety boat. However, they have been dropped by boat on Knoydart to complete the rest of the course for fun! It has also been reported that the safety boats returned some teams to the course as they drifted along way way south in the strong breeze.

Team Inov-8 GORE-TEX load their kayak on to their portage trolley

On Sunday evening it?s difficult to tell who the race leaders are. Currently, the top 15 teams are all foot orienteering near Tarbet. However, some lead teams are now being forced to take the 2 hour stop-go penalties they picked up in the prologue. From Tarbet, the race heads across Loch Nevis to Inverie, and from here it will be a long night on Knoydart.