Sunshine is stroke of luck for charity swim

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More than 20 brave swimmers in skins and wetsuits took a sponsored dip in Loch Awe at the weekend.

Lucky for organisers and the hardy swimmers taking part, the rain held off for most of Saturday’s event with the sun putting in an appreciated appearance.

Some swam one-way from the Portsonachan side back to the Taychreggan Hotel crossing just under one mile with others, even more daring, making it a double-dip by swimming both ways.

Swimmers getting ready to set off across Loch Awe at Saturday’s charity event.

The event was organised by Kilchrenan, Inverinan and Dalavich (KID) Coastal Rowing Club to help it buy junior oars to get younger members out on the water.

Organisers are still totting up the final amount but it looks on target to make more than £800.

Four lightweight oars are already being made in Arran, says KID founder Gordon Leveratt who says there might be a repeat swim next year.

Kayakers and boats were out in force to give safety cover before a celebratory barbecue marked the end of the day’s challenge.

As well as raising money for KID, swimmers also had the option of giving sponsorship to charities of their choice.

Swimmers included KID member Ricky Donachie, Taychreggan man Ivan Herd who was first home on the single swim and a team of nine Tayvallich open water swimmers.

This Sunday also saw the launch of KID’s second skiff named Cruachan. The skiff got funding for it from a lottery bid and from The Carraig Gheal board of trustees.

The coastal rowing club will be competing with two teams in this September’s Castle to Crane 14-mile race up the Clyde involving 100 skiffs in all.

A ladies team will putting the new Cruachan through its paces with a men’s team rowing the club’s other boat called Mingulay.

To find out more about supporting or joining KID’s coastal rowing club,  email