Regatta to mark Stornoway Port Authority’s 150th anniversary

The regatta was held last Saturday
The regatta was held last Saturday

Stornoway Rowing Club helped organise the Western Isles first St Ayles Skiff Regatta at the weekend as part of the Stornoway Port Authority’s 150th Anniversary.

Three skiffs were launched from The Stornoway Trust’s Cuddy Point on Saturday morning, Stornoway’s Madadh Ruadh, Barra’s Kisimul and CnES’s Saorsa.

Work on two other skiffs has yet to be completed and so competitors from Grimsay and Shawbost had to make use of their rivals skiffs in the Ladies, Mens and Mixed Team events. A number of other teams also participated in the races including a team from the Scottish Salmon Company Team, Miavaig who donated some beautiful salmon for the competitors’ BBQ and the BSAC Dive Club which provided not only a safety boat but also invaluable assistance throughout the event. There was even a ‘United Nations’ Team! The seals in the harbour must have wondered from time to time what was going on.

In spite of the greatest efforts from all teams and some extremely close finishes the Shawbost Club came away with wins in all three races. Everyone who came to the event whether participating or supporting the teams appeared to thoroughly enjoy themselves.

A number of visitors to the islands were even afforded the opportunity to row in the event. Prizes were handed out by the Stornoway Port Authority’s Harbour Master Tony Morrison following a excellent appearance of the Nicolson Institute School Band

Overall Results from the event’s Race Control and Timekeeping duo - Andrea and Eve

1st Shawbost – 12 points (Trophy Winner)

2nd Dive Club – 8 Points

3rd Stornoway – 6 points

4th Barra – 3 points

5th UN – 3 points

6th Salmon - 1 point

More information about the event and how to get involved in coastal rowing can be found on