In 2008, the tradition of the OSKA Hogmanay paddle began. This involves wrapping up warm and going out after dark. In 2008 I missed out on what was a paddle in ideal conditions. For 2009, I arranged my holidays so that I could attend. I was quite keen to go out a midnight, but as no one else is quite as obsessed, we met at a more reasonable 6pm. Conditions were fine, although not as calm as last year. We were hit by one squall and a snow shower which made it all the more fun! We didn’t go far at all, 1.86 miles round Scapa Bay, but it was a short and sweet trip.
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We took lots of photos as we went and were worried the camera flashes might spark a rescue operation! I made sure I had some suitable refreshments with me….. “Surely we should be drinking Scapa?” Photo: JohnnyLeaving the pierHeading into the dark Johnny and Antje
Johnny Peter and Antje A bunch of idiots!
Today in Kirkwall, The New Years Day Ba’ is played. I went along to watch the men for a couple of hours this afternoon. The Ba was stuck down and alley when I left, but it looked like a Doonie win was likely. I’m supporting the Uppies as their ‘goal’ is just near my house.