How many things can you think of to do with a boat?
How many ways can you sit in one?
If you stand on it, but still use a paddle, is it a canoe? Or a kayak? Or neither?
What if when you paddle it, it sits under the water instead of on top?
What happens when you fill a pool with 10 boats, one ball, and two highly competitive teams?
This year the SCA event “An Fhèis Mhòr”, Scotland’s Festival of Paddlesport, is opening its doors to every paddle discipline you can think of – and maybe even a few you haven’t. The annual canoe and kayak show is moving to the Perth Dewars Centre, where you’ll find plenty of shiny paddling-related items to shop for, or simply dream about taking home with you. We’ll have improved spaces for talks and workshops from eminent paddlers of all disciplines, as well as the annual ceilidh on the Saturday evening.
But paddling is about doing, not just watching. For the first time, Scotland’s Festival of Paddlesport “An Fhèis Mhòr” will include water: the Perth Leisure Pool adjacent to the Dewars Centre will see polo matches, demos, and the opportunity to Come and Try – so remember to bring your swimsuit!
And of course if the pool isn’t enough, the Tay Descent will be running for the fifth time, with the usual long and short courses and mix of categories. Last year craft ranged from sea kayaks to Stand Up Paddleboards and from slalom boats to racing K2s. Whatever you paddle, if you’re up for some magnificent Big Tree Country scenery and have the skills and equipment to master the Grade 2 and 3 rapids, it will be well worth the trip.
So if you paddle for adrenaline or relaxation, with one blade or two, sitting, kneeling or standing, for journeys or to display physical prowess, come and join us at “An Fhèis Mhòr” – Scotland’s Festival of Paddlesport.
Scotland’s Festival of Paddlesport “An Fhèis Mhòr” will take place at the Dewars Centre, Perth and at Perth Leisure Pool on Friday 24th, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October.Entry will be free.
The Tay Descent will take place on Saturday 25th October.
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