REGATTA 2013 Saturday 18TH May
8.30am Cox’s briefing – Marquee on shore, Badentarbat Bay, Achiltibuie, turn off the A835 ten miles north of Ullapool.
9.30 am > Women’s Open 2k
10.15 > Men’s Open 2k
11.00 > Men’s Over 40 1k
11.30 > Women’s Over 40 1k
12.00 > Under 17s/Over 55s mixed 1k
12.30 > LUNCH
13.30 > Women’s Over 50s 1k
14.00 > Men’s Over 50s 1k
14.30 > Freshers Race 1k (rowers for whom this is the first season of competition)
15.00 > Mixed Open 1k
15.30 > Mixed Over 40s 1k
16.00 > Mixed Over 50s 1k
(Programme may change due to weather)
Then all rowers and their families welcome for Curry & Crumble, Ceilidh and…
Prize Giving at the Community Hall, Bar and Food – from 6.30pm! Adults- 2 courses, £8.00. Veggie option. Hot dogs and ice cream for kids.
Prize giving around 7.30 after food.Minibus between campsite and Hall
Sunday 19th Morning fun!
TANERA CUP Challenge! 2.4 k Row over to Tanera Mor, the largest of the Summer Isles. All boats must carry a full crew + passenger and cox (6.)Crew must be mixed. The cox and passenger may row in rotation, but the crewmust remain mixed at all times. (2 men 2 women) Departure after safety briefing at 10.30. The first crew arriving win a free champagne breakfast!
BRUNCH for rowers and families will be available in the Shoreside Café on the island. Filled breakfast roll and Coffee/Tea £5 CASH ONLY.
Ferry Boats will be leaving the pier at Badentarbat to carry non-rowers over to Tanera from 9.30. The return ferry charge will be £5 per person. Children under 12 travel free. Dogs welcome!
All we need now is for the sun to shine as it did last year!
The ‘Lily~Rose’ launch, Old Dornie slip, Achiltibuie, Coigach, Friday 19th April 2013.
A clear, sunny, spring afternoon welcomed a good crowd of locals and visitors to Old Dornie harbour last Friday for the launch of Coigach’s second St. Ayles racing skiff, the ‘Lily~Rose.’
She was built over the winter months with immense care and dedication by the all-Coigach team of Ali (Beag) Macleod, Alan Pendred, (Coigach Community Rowing Chair) and Mark Irvine, (CCR Racing manager) together with help from many other rowers, young and old. Folk will remember that Ali was one of the two lead builders of our first Skiff, the ‘Coigach Lass,’ with Ron Davidson – and his enthusiasm was in no way dimmed by that first build!
With the help of Grethe and Lizzie, their rower mums, toddler Lily and baby Rosie were assisted to dash their namesake’s bow with a splash of malt whisky – and the ‘Lily~Rose’ was duly named in good style to a hearty round of applause.
The two dads also did their bit. Rich had carved a wooden rose and Dan a lily – which were fixed to the boat next to Ron R’s beautifully-carved Lily~Rose lettering – all set off by the CCR fleet (!) livery of sky-blue hull, black sheerstrake and oiled gunnels, stem and stern.
Next into the new boat … the Under 17 crew – one of whom be-kilted !
Our newly formed Under 17 Crew (all of whom are under 15!) show off their developing skills as they train hard to compete along with CCR’s other crews in both the annual Coigach Coastal Rowing Regatta at Badentarbat on 18th May, the World St Ayles Skiff coastal rowing Championships in July this year in Ullapool – and in regattas round Scotland over the summer. This year Coigach is taking both boats and two crews to the Thames Great River Race in September – hoping to move up from that excellent second place out of 92 boats in their class last year, to a first!
However, with the wind getting up, it was time to get the ‘Lily~Rose’ back on her trailer …and then there was time for a wee dram (or two!) for all, as the builders discussed the modifications to the rudder they felt were needed (perfectionists!)
…and the spectators enjoyed the craic in the sun
and inspected the boat.
The unanimous vote was that the ‘Lily~Rose’ is another great boat, with many seasons of fun and hard competition ahead of her!
Many thanks to young pipers Seumas H and Anna and Ruaridh B – led by piper and rower, Alison S. Nothing like the pipes for stirring the soul!
…and finally she is back on the trailer and the crowd disperses for the evening…and to the pub!
Photo: L Muir Alan P, rower, builder and Chairperson of Coigach Community Rowing checks the ‘Lily Rose’ is right and tight.
We are just waiting to see how weather conditions pan out to decide exactly when to launch Coigach’s latest home-built racing skiff the lovely ‘Lily~Rose.’
But whether she kisses the water (to the sound of the pipes and no doubt much cheering) on Friday or Saturday coming, whatever, the celebrations will follow, big stylee, in our fab Community Hall, Saturday 20th at 6pm.
The buffet, with lashings of local meat, fish, seafood and home cooking, will be laid out ready to start at 6, which is when the bar opens. Plenty soft drinks cans available too, and for the kids.
Bring a bit of food to share!
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.)
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.
The ‘Lily~Rose’ already has a personality to reckon with!
And two little personalities who couldn’t wait to climb inside her when she was formally ‘turned over’ on the 17th December 2012 …
Wee Lily and baby Rosie testing their joint namesake for stability.
What work has been put in over the past few weeks by Ali Beag, Alan and Mark mainly with occasional help from Dan, Ewan P, et al…
From this to …
…ready for her undercoat now – looking sooooo good…
and there; she’s over …to thunderous applause from local skiffies and friends, followed by drams and cake!
…and there she is the ‘Lily~Rose’ is turned- every inch bespeaking her Viking inheritance.
It’ll be ‘Watch out when the ‘Lily~Rose’ is about’ – a gentle name for a wee speed demon, just wait and see! The ‘Lass’ will have to look to her laurels in the coming season.
Under the winking, watchful eye of Neville’s time-lapse camera, the ‘Lily-Rose’ takes shape in the airy spaciousness of the Green’s shed at Achnahaird.
Ali Beag, one of the pair of craftsmen who masterminded the build of our lovely ‘Lass’, has been fair twitching to get going on this new skiff – and progress is swift under his canny eye.
Just like the ‘L-R’ will be when she hits the water next spring! Swift.
Alan and Mark, with Ali leading the build, have been firing on, with a little help from young Ewan Peach helping put the larch planks through the planer-thicknesser and myself doing wee bit of sanding and spreading glue on the larch sections ready to be glued together.Early days here, above – a photo from a few short weeks ago on my phone (barely able to cope with the over-enthusiastic lighting) showing Alan releasing the planks ready to be scarfed up.
Now we have a forest of clamps ensuring that the lovely, gluey layers of larch tightly laminate up into the Lily-Rose’s elegant stem and stern. ( Sounds like an extract from 50 Shades..!)
Anyway, Alan reckons she might be ready to turn over by Christmas!
An excuse there for a wee dram or two with some seasonal nibbles (that’s mince pies and mini-stollens – not under-mistletoe snogging) at the shed to celebrate. Ding dong merrily!
Mmm. And Ali Beag says that the larch we bought for this build is way better quality – no knots – than that with which the Lass’s stem and stern were built. It will be interesting to see the slight character differences between the two boats developing as the build progresses.
With all this care and affection already being lavished, looks like the ‘L-R’ is going to be another lass to reckon with!
Since this blog started in early 2010, around 21,000 people from all over the globe have looked in on this blogsite.
21,000 ‘hits’ in website-speak. I prefer to see them as friendly visitors!
So, since February 25th this year, here’s the chart of those we have welcomed on to the ‘Coigach Lass’ blogsite : a total of 58 countries apart from our own. WOW!
Come and visit Achiltibuie and Coigach for real! Come to the SCRA St Ayles Skiff World Championships in nearby Ullapool next year. More details – go to www.skiffieworlds.com
Click on the Achiltibuie Tourist Association website on the right sidebar for information and accommodation too.
A warm welcome guaranteed!
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