Wow, what a week!

It’s been an amazing week here in Ullapool. I’ve rowed for Seil today. in the over 60s mixed – we came 6th in a field of 11 boats, putting us up to 25th on the leaderboard.

I’ve also rowed for Stornoway (old friends) and for the glamourous Portsoy Skiffettes in their pink boat, coxed Selkie, ceilidhed ashore and afloat and met some amazing people, all in sunshine amongst amazing scenery.

More later plus pix when I manage to get the laptop connected. Right now it’ s time for the medal presentations and the final ceilidh.

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3 Responses to Wow, what a week!

  1. Sue Fenton says:

    The ‘team’ of Nick, Cathy, Scott, Mairi, Sue, Ewan, Angus and Slioch (the dog) accompanied the long distance race on Tuesday (men out, women back to Ardmair, three miles each wasy) but the race was shortened in coastal fog and ‘jabber.’

    Wednesday saw Angus, Ewan, Sue and Mary, with Nick as cox, in the over 50s heats (combined age minus the cox of 242). A very hard 2 km race in chop out by the turning marks which made us all wonder what we were doing. However, we got the the finals on Thursday, when we also raced in the Open Mixed B heats and final! We were joined by the Oban Seil Farm crew of Nick, George and Julia (Bette has broken her fingers) + 2 who rowed in the Open Mixed A Heat.

    On Friday, the same skeleton crew rowed in the over-40s mixed heat, narrowly avoiding another final; Ray coxed us with Nick escaping to row for the Portsoy Skiffettes (he declined the offer of matching pink nail polish but did wear a pink cap). On Saturday, Sue, Ewan and Nick were joined by Meg from North Berwick with Wendy from the Skiffettes as cox in the over 60s final, when we finished sixth.

    Coigach (Achitiebuie, Wester Ross) were the overall winners, with 10% of their total population taking part. Ullapool was a great venue and the whole championships were superbly organised. We have come away inspired – to fine tune Selkie and ourselves!

    • Sue says:

      FYI the technical term used, ‘jabber’ is a northwest word for jumbled seas, ie tide against wind. As used by the Radio Ullapool compere and the stalwart Stornoway crew, and adopted by us all as a Very Good Term indeed …

  2. bette hunter says:

    Feeling really jealous reading all you great entrees can’t wait to get back rowing, a couple more weeks and I will back xx

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