Selkie rowed down from the pontoon to South Cuan on Saturday 24 May, to support the launch of the Isle 0f Luing’s skiff, Hinba, and re-launch of their renovated Fair Isle skiff, Virda.
A piper, BBQ, blessing of the boats, bunting and tropical blue seas all made for a great day out. We were joined by Gill of Melfort, from Kilmelford, who rowed across from North Cuan.
Monty Halls was there too, with a BBC camera crew, taking a break from making a film about diving in the Slate Islands – watch this space!
After the launch, Selkie raced the Luing ferry, Belnahua, across Cuan Sound (we won!!) and beached for the night. A very early Sunday row repositioned the skiff at Ellenabeich, ready for our regatta this coming weekend.
We now have six St Ayles skiffs coming to our regatta on 31 May – Isle of Mull, Isle of Luing, Pittenweem, Mid-Argyll, Carrick and ourselves. Luing are also bringing their Fair Isle skiff (six oars) so it looks like being a good spectacle! Weather permitting, we will row ANTIclockwise around Seil.
The start has now been amended to 1100 off the Old Pier at Ellenabeich, for operational reasons!
The tide under the Clachan Bridge at the start of the second leg will be very low, around 1500, so crews should be prepared to abandon ship to portage the skiffs across the kelp into Seil Sound. Volunteers (very) welcome at the T&T!!
Seil Sound (the choir) are rehearsing their Seil Boating Song ready for the ceilidh on Saturday night. Have you got your party-pieces ready?!!
NB Two rowers from Anstruther looking for a row. Can anyone help?