First Skiff Regatta in the Hebrides

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The first St Ayles Skiff Regatta in the Hebrides, will be in Stornoway Harbour on Saturday, May 30th.

The successful Scottish Coastal Rowing Initiative, has encouraged communities to build 22ft St Ayles Skiffs and organise racing events in their own area.

Stornoway Rowing Club’s 22 ft skiff Madadh Ruadh, built in Stornoway in 2010 has attended several mainland boat festivals and the local team are now organising a skiff regatta for visiting teams as part of Stornoway Port Authority’s celebration of 150 years of port facilities.

The Isle of Barra skiff Ciosmul was completed in 2014 by the Croitear Og group and a Lewis skiff Saorsa built by Nicolson Institute pupils, is due to be launched shortly.

With at least another three boat kits currently under construction in the Hebrides, it is likely that race events will be held regularly throughout the islands in the future.

Row Hebrides will need the support of island teams and individuals, they are invited to register their interest in the Mens, Ladies and Youth teams and there will be several categories to include mixed ages.

There will be ‘come and try’ rowing sessions in Madadh Ruadh in early April, when the twice weekly rowing opportunities recommence.

Row Hebrides on 30th May will include a barbeque, a ceilidh and other events for invited teams. Anyone wishing to participate or help with the event can contact Stornoway Rowing Club Events Organiser Gerald Hales 07717172159

More details of the first Skiff Regatta in the Hebrides will be on Stornoway Rowing Club’s Facebook page and {http:// www.styrowclub.co.uk|at website}