Stornoway Co-op rowing challenge

The Storoway Co-op store’s foyer is set to get a little steamy this weekend when it plays host to a special fund raising feat.

Members of the new Stornoway Rowing club will be testing their biceps in the supermarket foyer on Saturday in a bid to beat the ferry across the Minch.

The 50-mile slog will be carried out using a special rowing machine, with volunteers taking turns from 2.30pm - when the Isle of Lewis departs Stornoway for Ullapool.

Fit volunteers are invited to join in and help the club beat the ferry’s estimated 2 hours 45 minute journey. Progress will be monitored by computer so that shoppers can view the rowers’ progress throughout the afternoon.

It is hoped that enough funds will be raised this weekend to purchase the kit so that the club can build its first boat. It only needs £295 more to clinch the target £1,275 needed to order the flat packed 22-foot St Ayles Skiff. A further £1,500 then needs to be raised to buy extra timber and other materials required to complete the specially designed rowing boat that’s proving so popular with communities around the Scottish coast.

Stornoway Rowing club is open to people of all ages and experience and is the first Hebridean group to take part in the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project.

Anyone interesting in taking part or finding out more about the club should contact Sandy MacDonald flotsam@gmx.com or visit the website http://stornowayrowing club.wordpress.com/