Boat building communities bond

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THE COMMUNITY spirit of the Stornoway skiff was extended this week as the coastal rowing team in Ullapool lent a helping hand in the construction of the island boat.

With the St Ayles design kit arrived, wooden sections cut out and moulds erected, the building of the Stornoway skiff was powering along at a rate of knots, until hitting a sticky patch with a glue disaster!

Stornoway Rowing Club secretary, Sandy MacDonald, expanded: “We laminated the inner stern stem – known as the ‘bit of wood that holds the back end of the boat together’ – before running out of the Balcotan glue on Saturday.

“More was ordered but we were then told there would be a delay of several days. Yet, thanks to a great kindness from the guys in Ullapool, who are just as keen to see the Stornoway skiff built in time for the start of the summer racing season as we are, more glue was sent over on the ferry.

“A massive thanks to Ullapool!,” Sandy added.

And even though the island boat is still under construction, the invitations to get out and get coastal rowing are coming in, with Stornoway Rowing Club and their, fingers crossed finished on time, St Ayles skiff asked to join the Coigach Community Coastal Rowing group for their Coastal Rowing regatta on Saturday, May 21.

If you are interested in helping with the building of Stornoway’s community skiff, or to simply have a nosey and see what the Stornoway Rowing Club are up to, please call into the workshop at the new Transport Museum, Marybank, any time or pop along to one of the Club meetings (every Tuesday, 8pm at the workshop).

You can also keep updated by visiting the Club’s website on where there is a map of directions to the Marybank workshop.