Tuesday, October 20, 2009

TIREE WAVE CLASSIC: SCOTLAND ON SUNDAY ARTICLE (LINK)

OCTOBER is when the corncrakes leave Tiree for Africa, timid guests creeping away from a party, but this is also the month when the Hebridean island welcomes visitors of more exotic plumage – redwings, lapwings, honking Whooper swans, yapping barnacle geese ... and windsurfers.

Since 1986, Tiree has hosted the Wave Classic, a week-long competition that attracts many of the world's best windsurfers, or "sailors", as they call themselves. This year more than 70 of them, mostly men, some accompanied by girlfriends known as shore wives", have flocked to the sands.

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