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2013 Coigach Coastal Rowing Regatta comin’ up soon…

April 14, 2013

Calling all Skiffie friends old and new!

Here’s a friendly invitation to join us in sunny Achiltibuie for our third annual Coastal Rowing Regatta over the weekend of 18th and 19th May 2013 (that’s the central belt public holiday long weekend for Victoria Day.)

This is how we roll !
Racing will happen all on the Saturday, with a relaxed fun day on the Sunday morning and early afternoon…
With a big marquee (all-day food available onsite) right by the beach we race from, we race on the Saturday, then keep the party together by having the medals presentation at our local Community Hall on Sat evening after a modestly priced hearty meal you can pre book for your club(veggies and kids can be accommodated.)
There is a very reasonably priced bar and as much ceilidh dancing and socialising as you want to do!
We have a minibus running to take folk from the excellently appointed shoreside campsite to the Community Hall and back. The campsite is situated v close to a bar/restaurant which normally does bacon rolls and coffee in the morning before racing.
Campsite: www.portabhaigh.co.uk/ – other accommodationwww.coigach.com for B&B or holiday cottages etc plus info about our beautiful area. Children very welcome.
Now the nitty gritty!
Racing will be a combination of 1km Sprints and  races  trialling the Skiffie Worlds buoy system over 2 km with 20 metres between buoys,  so tight starboard turns are necessary and should be practised using a combination of oars and rudder, rowing port side and dragging or digging in on starboard.
Races in  Open, 40+, 50+ races in men’s, women’s and mixed categories  are being offered as well as any intermediate or new category races they can fit in.   We also have a trophy for a mixed over 55 crew.  Clubs are asked to identify which of the new categories (Novice, Fresher, “Second Crew”, Intermediate )  they wish to enter and the organisers  will try to accommodate as many as possible.  It is also anticipated that there will be a race for Under 17 crews.
On the Sunday there will be fun leisure rows, perhaps out to the Isle of Tanera for brunch at the shoreside cafe.   As ever the social side will be taken care of well, with marquee at the beach (lobster baps again this year?) and a minibus laid on to take folk from the excellently appointed shoreside campsite to the Community Hall and back for the Saturday night social.
 The campsite is beautifully situated with views out to the islands but also within a stones throw of the Fuaran bar/restaurant which normally does bacon rolls and coffee in the morning before racing.
Campsite: www.portabhaigh.co.uk/  – other accommodation www.coigach.com  for B&B or holiday cottages etc plus info about our beautiful area. Children very welcome.
To help the organisers, clubs are asked to please contact me, Lesley Muir, Club Secretary, as soon as possible and Iwill send a  course map and local map, Club entry form, racing schedule and everything else you will need to keep you happy!
Look forward to seeing you all!           lesley.muir@squidink.demon.co.uk

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