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The Scottish Maritime Museum on Irvine Harbourside will host a special evening with Jim Breen, expedition leader on Scotland’s first major sea kayaking expedition, at 5.45pm on Thursday 26 August.

Jim will give the inside track on the 28 day adventure, describing how the team of four Glasgow paddlers battled food poisoning, a heatwave and severe magnetic anomalies to paddle 394 miles (634 kilometres) around the two island groups of Lofoten and Vesterålen in North West Norway and make the first ever sea kayak crossing of Norway’s fearful ‘Maelstrom’.

The talk, which will take place in the Museum’s Linthouse building, will be followed by a private tour of Into the Maelstrom: The Scottish Kayak Expedition to North West Norway 1980, the Museum’s current exhibition which charts and celebrates the expedition.

Touring the photographs, memorabilia and equipment on display in the exhibition, which closes on 30 August, visitors will also hear all about the two years of dogged planning and fundraising before the four friends, Jim Breen, Angus Mathieson, Bill Turnbull and Peter Wilson, could set off.

There will also be an opportunity to ask Jim questions about expedition as well as time to explore the exhibition independently.

Tickets for ‘Into the Maelstrom’ with Jim Breen cost £5. Spaces are limited so visitors are advised to book now to avoid disappointment.

 To buy tickets, please visit: www.scottishmaritimemuseum.org


Issued on behalf of the Scottish Maritime Museum by 

Joanna Harrison, Mobile: 07884 187404.

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