A boat has been placed on standby by The Scottish Salmon Company to ship the Uist and Barra based WIIGA athletes over the Sound of Harris if required this weekend.
No ferries are scheduled to sail on Friday with CalMac staff adopting industrial action. The Scottish Salmon Company, title sponsor for the Western Isles Island Games Association, have commissioned a vessel and are footing the bill to ensure the athletes based in the southern isles will be in Stornoway for this Saturday when the chartered flight to the Island Games is scheduled to depart for Jersey.
The boat which has been booked will have to make two runs with 12-passengers and equipment and luggage required to make the crossing.
Craig Anderson, managing director of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “We were very concerned to hear the news earlier this week about the confirmed ferry strike on Friday and the challenges this was going to create for the Uist athletes participating in the Island Games in Jersey.
“As sponsors of this year’s games, we want to offer our full support to the athletes and their supporters and ensure they all get there on time for the kick off this Saturday.’’
“In order to do this, we have sourced a boat to transport the stranded athletes and make sure they are able to join their team mates in the remaining leg of the journey to the games.”
WIIGA Team Manager Iain Campbell confirmed: “We have several athletes and competitors scheduled to travel up on Friday and with the possible strike we have had to consider alternative arrangements.
“It is challenging but we won’t be stuck and we will get everyone over in time.
“The Scottish Salmon Company have provided a boat for our use if required to take all our athletes based in the southern isles and supporters too.”