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COMMUNITY
A powerful
story
by
Jonathan
Rimmer

REALLY incredible,’ is how Argyll writer taxi driver for me to ‘sleep’ in turned out to be very
Derek Wynans describes the feeling of different from a hotel indeed,’ he said.
rushing through seven feet waves at 90 When Derek was sailing the waves however, he
miles-per-hour during the Bangor to Oban loved it.
leg of the 2008 Round Britain Offshore ‘It was my first experience of power boating and
Power Boat Race. it was amazing to reach speeds of around 75/80
Derek’s original intention as a freelance writer was knots at times, especially when you’re racing with
to simply join a crew for the gruelling race with the some of the finest power boat teams in Europe.
view of writing a string of articles for a magazine. The trip was definitely worth it.’
However, this arrangement had to be changed Through determination and toil, Derek ultimately
at the last minute, and Derek was forced to find was able to race with teams such as Silverline,
places to sleep at night and a crew for the next Goldfish, Team 747, Ocean Pirates and the Belgian
morning. crew Buro.
The remarkable experiences that followed are now Derek recalled: ‘The teams were all generous
chronicled in a book, Chasing the Horizon, which enough to take me aboard. Not all the teams in the
came out last month. race were professional, and a number of the peo-
Derek, who lives at Invercreran, Appin, says: ple I raced with had jobs outside of power boating.’
‘People kept asking me when the book was coming Derek has lived in Argyll since he was five years
out but I had to tell them that I was only writing a old, first in North Connel and then near Seil Island.
series of articles. After leaving Oban High School at 15 he spent time
‘When I finally sat down to write them, I realised in Portugal, Holland and England, but found himself
that I had so much to tell, so I decided to write a drawn back to the Oban area.
book after all.’ The Round Britain Offshore Powerboat Race is a
Derek recounts in his book how the biggest chal- unique event that has only taken place four times,
lenges during his round-Britain adventure were including last year’s race. The next event is to be
often finding bed and breakfasts. held in June 2012.
‘On one occasion, the place recommended by the Derek’s book, Chasing the Horizon, is out now.
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