Most important on 25 July was the visit from the Kilmelford folk who are now enthused about having their own skiff, aiming to have their project in place to use our moulds when they become free later this year. Melfort of course is a translation from the Norse for a soft, or mellow, firth, where a mere thousand or so years ago the Vikings dragged their boats ashore and the place is almost made for skiffing.
In general our inshore lochs, with plenty of sheltered stretches and occasional interesting ones are far better suited to coastal rowing than the East coast, where you face the North Sea as soon as you leave harbour. Ideally we want to see skiffs rowing out from all of our mid-Argyll centres from Lochgilphead Ardfern and Craobh Haven to Kilmore, Oban and further North, with the bigger places putting out two or more.
Scottish Coastal Rowing has to be one of the finest community projects to come about in recent years. Everyone has a chance to become involved, whether by doing a bit of building, oar-making or painting, through to rowing either recreationally or competitively, not to speak of the background organisation and the website, graphics and publicity. Buying a share entitles one to absolutely nothing and equally it’s not necessary to buy one to take part.
To date the regattas and events, with varying courses for different groups of rowers, have been spectacular and attracted huge crowds, with obvious benefits for local businesses.
Anyone interested is welcome to come round to Seil on Wednesday nights and catch the bug.