Ready for a regatta?

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What better way to spend a summers evening than exploring the bays and coastline of Lewis? Rowing is great fun, good exercise and a very sociable pastime.

Stornoway Rowing Club’s Skiff Madadh Ruadh, built in Stornoway as part of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, is back in the water after the winter and a busy season is planned.

More rowers are urgently required to represent Stornoway at a number of regattas this summer. No experience is necessary as training will be given.

Your first opportunity to try your hand at rowing is on Saturday 16th May when Ali Grant the Scottish Coastal Rowing coach, will be sharing her knowledge at Loch a Bhaile in Shawbost at An Eathar’s Spring Fling event.

To book a place on the Shawbost training session contact Murdo Macleod at

Teams and individual rowers are required for the St Ayles Skiff Regatta in Stornoway Harbour on Saturday 30st May.

The first St Ayles Skiff Regatta in the Hebrides, is part of Stornoway Port Authority’s celebration of 150 years of port facilities. Island teams are required, for the Mens, Ladies and Youth section and there will be several categories to include mixed ages.

Croitear Og the Isle of Barra youth team, built their own skiff Cismuil last year and they will be travelling to Stornoway to challenge Lewis teams.

If you would like to enter a works or club team and participate in the Regatta contact Stornoway Rowing Club Events Organiser Gerald Hales 07717172159 or go to: here

Thursday evening is Club night in Stornoway harbour. Details of time and launch site, will be listed on the clubs Facebook page, or by contacting Gerald Hales.

Further rowing opportunities will include travel with Stornoway Rowing Club to Port Soy Traditional Boat Festival, Ullapool Race event and Sail Stornoway in July. Fresh air, fun and fitness on the water, what could be a better way to spend the summer.