West coast islands provide perfect venue for race over land and sea

Local sailor Steven Forteith was part of the winning Tangaroa team at this year's Scottish Islands Peaks Race. Photograph: Stephen Lawson.

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A mix of running and sailing brought people together for an epic adventure centred in and around Oban earlier this month.

The Scottish Islands Peaks Race comprises of teams of sailors and fell runners (both youth and adult) and is held annually on and around the West Coast.

The race starts in Oban with a short hill run, then a sail to Salen on Mull, a run over Ben More, sail to Craighouse on Jura, run the Paps, sail to Arran, run Goat Fell, then sail to Troon. The race takes three to four days and caters for multihulls, racers, and cruisers.

Each team consists of five (usually two runners and three sailors) and there is also an All Rounders class for sailors that can run or runners that can sail, and a class for Youth (with the assistance of a few adults).

Including local sailor Steven Forteith, the overall winners this year were team Tangaroa, who completed the course in 38 hours. Also in the team were: Des Balmforth (skipper), Nicolas Le Clanche (crew), Robin Wilkins and David Wallace (runners).

Photograph: Local sailor Steven Forteith was part of the winning Tangaroa team at this year’s Scottish Islands Peaks Race. Photograph: Stephen Lawson. NO_T22_ScottishIslandsPeaksRace_Tangaroa