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World record stand-up paddleboarder Cal Major came ashore in Oban to encourage more people to love the ocean and protect it.
The adventurer from Devon is paddle-boarding and diving around Scotland’s wild coast but stopped off to reconnect more people with nature and raise funds for her charity Seaful.
Ocean advocate Cal is on a mission to get people excited about their blue spaces and last week took a break from her paddle-boarding schedule to meet up with a group of newbie sea swimmers from Hope Kitchen at Wee Ganavan and join their weekly dip.
‘They are an amazing bunch of women. It’s been so lovely meeting so many awesome local people,’ said Cal, who is also a trained vet.
With Basking Shark Scotland, the TV and film presenter who travels the world, invited community supporters Catriona Petit from Hope Kitchen and Jeanette Sheldrick from the Salvation Army to join her on a boat from Coll to wildlife watch and explore a kelp forest.
It took Cal two months to get from Glasgow, where the United Nation’s Climate Change COP 26 talks will be held later this year, to just below Stonehaven on the East Coast.
‘There’s two fold reasons for this expedition, the first is raising money for Seaful to connect people to the Ocean who would not otherwise have the opportunity. The second reason is to explore our human connection to the oceans and the important connection it plays in all of our lives, also looking how vital it is in the current climate and bio-diversity crisis which is why we started from this site of COP 26 where talks are going to be held in November,’ said Cal, whose partner James Appleton is kayaking the journey with her and filming it for a documentary they hope will tempt the BBC.
Crinan to Craignure was a voyage Cal conquered on the West Coast part of her adventure and after the Oban stop she was heading straight back to the east of Scotland to head out to sea again with ground support from her good friend and Seaful co-founder Lorna Evans and family.
Cal’s expeditions are mounting, in 2017 she paddled unsupported and solo around the Isle of Skye as part of her Paddle Against Plastic campaign, and the followin year made it from Land’s End to John O’Groats with her Vitamin Sea film documenting the 1,000 mile world record SUP expedition.
To find out more about Seaful’s work go to seaful.org.uk
Caption: World champion stand-up paddlleboarder Cal Major at Wee Ganavan with Jeanette Sheldrick and Victoria King who were part of Hope Kitchen’s swimming group