Chris o’Kanaird, the original skiff from Anstruther, arrived at Ellenabeich yesterday and is here for a week, courtesy of Babs and Michael who kindly brought him here for his Hogmanay.
The plan is entirely weather dependent, but with any luck the present horrendous conditions will subside by midweek and allow those of us in mid-Argyll who haven’t actually met one yet to have a good look at a St Ayles skiff.
The timing of the visit is great for us, as we’re about to move to the stage where there is room for individual differences between the boats and it will be very interesting to see how various details have been handled. It will be great to meet Babs and Michael too and to get some insight into life among the East coast skiffies.
Please will everyone put the word about, by lighting bonfires on hilltops, email or whatever else works. It’s a good chance for our friends outside of Seil to see what they’re currently missing.
Right now Chris is parked at Seil’s answer to the Tate Modern but it’s likely that he may move round to Seil Sound or even Kilmelford to find a safe launching/beaching spot. You can keep in touch with developments by logging on here, or calling Ewan on 01852 200261 or at ewangkennedy (at) gmail.com
The image at the top shows Chris at the mercy of the Golden Girls and is courtesy of Scottish Coastal Rowing, having been pinched with their implied consent. We hope the remainder of the team will visit us on a future occasion.