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Local derby! ‘Lass’ on top!

July 11, 2010

Bonny day for it ‘Round the Pier’ at Ullapool today.

Our friendly rivals, the crews of the bold ‘Ulla’, went head to head with ‘Coigach Lass’ crews in a series of four races. It was great fun…and we are all learning more about finessing our boats’ performance; steerboards, oars, and their accoutrements –  kabes on the ‘Lass’ and thole pins on the ‘Ulla’ were hotly discussed and compared…..The ‘Lass’ with her repaired, old, coble oars in the middle of the boat and the shorter Ron R/Ali beag made Douglas Fir oars at bow and stroke seem to do the business for Coigach! Here’s the ‘Lass’ Open Men’s Crew (above) pulling ahead… Scroll over the photos for captions.

Oh, there’s a bonny-like bend in those oars! Stroke! The ‘Lass’ Mixed Open Crew giving it up for Coigach!

Women’s Open Crew warm down after winning a close race against their ‘Ulla’ peers. Only half a boat length in it! A great effort by both crews.The Lass’s Open Men’s Crew giving it the ‘Big Five’ in the ‘Ulla’ to see how she feels… ooops Dan breaks an oar. All in the friendly spirit of Coastal Rowing. Topher can turn out another B&Q quickie in under half an hour tho’! That Viking Steerboard on the Ulla is churning the water… must have a braking effect surely…..

And now the prizes! Thanks to Ullapool skiffies and yachties for a great afternoon’s fun and frolics! And for the recycled mini-trophies. Spot on!

Alison, Lesley, Ish and  Grethe  get the cup-ette! (Left)

Below, Steve, Mark, Nick and Dan with their ….cup?

(Bottom left) Alan, Sam and Sue (Anne Marie not in photo- kids needed chips I think) with their top cuppage…

Many, many thanks to Chris Perkins for wonderful photographs!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2010 9:26 pm

    What’s your secret?

    • July 11, 2010 10:24 pm

      We thought it was the ultra healthy Yoghurt Cake that we (the Ulla Group) provided and the ‘buies snacked on between races at Portsoy – so we didn’t make any for the LBSC regatta – did it make a jot of difference – nah way.

    • July 11, 2010 10:28 pm

      Well, Thomas…. there is no secret – it’s just a boat built with love and care which carries the name of our community, and a small band of local rowers; men and women many of whom have hardly touched an oar before, who don’t like the ‘Lass’ to come second! As cheesy – but proud and feisty – as that! That’s all, but it’s a lot!…. Hey, and top cake-age from Chris certainly helps!

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