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What makes a good sea kayak festival?

What makes people want to come along to a island and play in the sea with 50 other kayakers?There are many different elements which shape an event such as the Women’s Sea Kayak Festival, some obvious and tangible, some less so. Here are a few suggestions…

The weather? Not much we can do about that. Check the forecast for Bute. Changeable I think best describes it
The location? The Isle of Bute is the ‘jewel of the Clyde’. Being an island, it offers coastlines for all weathers which is useful with a maritime climate.
The people? That is down to us all. We are kindered spirits sharing a passion for spending time on the sea. Keen to learn, be challenged, meet new people and have fun.
The Coaches?
We are in a lucky position to ask some of the best coaches in the country to  come to the Festival. Read on to find out more about our coaches

Please tell us what you think makes a good Festival.

Festival after dinner entertainment: Sea kayakers quiz and Sorcha Cantwell – marine litter and plastics in the future.

We’re pleased to confirm the speaker for Saturday evening at the Women’s Sea Kayak Festival.

Sorcha Cantwell is the founder of the Scottish Coastal Clean-up Project, an ongoing project to rid our coastline of marine litter and bring about change in how we view and use plastics for the future.

Sorcha says “being based in Largs, I’ve always loved the sea and it’s inhabitants. Having been in or on the sea since I was a small child I’ve seen the progressive worsening of plastic pollution on our shores.

Last year I had simply seen and had enough. I started on a journey around the Scottish coastline documenting my beach cleans, raising awareness and encouraging others to do the same.

On this journey I have cried, laughed, spoken to members of Scottish Parliament, addressed conferences both here and abroad. And I’m still at it.

On Friday evening we will have a kayaking-themed quiz, with photos and fun questions for all.

2018 Bookings now open!

Bookings are now open for the 2018 Women’s Sea Kayak Festival being held again on the Isle of Bute on 17th-19th August 2018. 

There has been a really positive response to the announcement that the festival is returning to Bute this year with many  expressions of interest, and that’s before the booking site went live! So, we anticipate a high demand for places.  

Read the booking Information and complete the online form

On receipt of your completed form, we will provide you with details on how to pay.  Once we receive your payment, we will confirm your booking. Please be aware that your place on the festival will not be confirmed until your payment has been received.

We trust this site will have all the information you need but if you can’t find an answer to any questions, we’d love to hear from you, so please get in touch.

Happy paddling and see you in August!

Festival Organisers

Alice, Laura, Cathie, Cathy and Roddy.