Isle of Seil Skiff Regatta 2013
Notice of Race
The Isle of Seil is about ten miles South of Oban and linked to the mainland by the Bridge over the Atlantic.
The Regatta will be centred on Ellenabeich (Easdale) and races on the Saturday will take place there unless this is prevented by bad weather, in which case an alternative programme will be laid on at Balvicar, where the sheltered Seil Sound offers safe conditions in most states of the weather. The two locations are about 2 miles apart by road.
The Sunday will feature the Cuan Race from Easdale to Balvicar via the Cuan Sound, again unless bad weather intervenes.
There are facilities for launching skiffs at Ellenabeich in the centre of the village down a gentle shingle slope. They can be left overnight on the grass above the bay. If the racing is moved to Balvicar directions will be given to a safe launching point from private property. What follows assumes an Ellenabeich based event.
There will be a ceilidh on the Saturday evening from 7.30pm in the Seil Hall, to which everyone is invited. Entry £5, children free.
Facilities for camping at Ellenabeich are strictly limited, but the Seil Hall committee will allow participants to sleep in the Hall and to use the facilities there. Camper vans and caravans can be parked free on the municipal car park about ½ miles from the Hall and at a cost of £10 on land belonging to Highland Arts. There are public toilets locally.
There are three restaurants locally, the Oyster Bar at Ellenabeich (01852 300121), the Puffer Pub on Easdale (01852 300022) and the Tigh-anTruish (01852 300242). The Puffer requires a short ferry trip and the TnT is a couple of miles up the road. Places at all are strictly limited and booking is advised. The nearest stores are at Balvicar.
Risk Statement and the Rules of Racing
The responsibility for a boat’s decision to participate in a race or to continue racing is that of her crew alone.
Skiff racing is by its nature an unpredictable sport and therefore inherently involves an element of risk. By taking part in the event, each crew agrees and acknowledges that:
(a) They are aware of the inherent element of risk involved in the sport and accept responsibility for the exposure of themselves and their boat to such inherent risk whilst taking part in the event;
(b) They are responsible for the safety of themselves, their boat and their other property whether afloat or ashore;
(c) They accept responsibility for any injury, damage or loss to the extent caused by their own actions or omissions;
(d) Their boat is in good order, equipped to take part in the event and each member of their crew is fit to participate;
(e) The provision of a race management team, any patrol boat and volunteers by the event organiser does not relieve them of their own responsibilities;
(f) Crews will ensure that any young persons taking part are accompanied by a responsible adult and acknowledge that the Isle of Seil Coastal Rowing Club and its members have no responsibility for such persons.
Lifejackets must be worn by all crew members at all times.
All racing will be held under the 2013 Edition of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association which should be viewed on the SCRA website. Club officials, Coxswains and Crews should all make themselves aware of the content of the rules of racing prior to attending.
When encountering other craft crews must abide by the International Rules for Prevention of Collision at Sea, in particular Rule 9b which states that “a vessel of less than 20m in length or a sailing vessel shall not impede the passage of a vessel which can safely navigate only within a narrow channel or fairway”.
A passenger ferry runs across to Easdale at frequent intervals and on Sunday the Cuan Ferry is a small vessel carrying passengers only.
The perch with a green can at the South entrance to Easdale Sound is a mark of the course in all races and must be passed on the seaward (Western) side. This is vitally important as it marks dangerous rocks further inshore!
Great care must also be taken in navigating past the reef at the South west end of Easdale Island.
All Skiffs should comply with the Measurement Rules for the St Ayles skiff issued by the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association and should carry the recommended equipment.
Entries will be accepted from clubs that are members of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association
There is no entry fee. Entries on the day will be accepted, but crews are requested to give the Isle of Seil Coastal Rowing Club as much notice as possible.
There will be three races. Two of them will be run on a straight course of about ¾ mile from a start line off Seaview in a position to be advised, being a transit from the committee boat to the shore to a finish line off the old pier at Easdale. The third race will be run round Easdale Island, with the start and finish lines off the pier.
Sunday – The Cuan Race
On 2 June the first Cuan Race will take place, starting at 11.00, from a start line off the Easdale pier to a finish line consisting of an imaginary line from the committee boat to a transit on Seil at a convenient point near Balvicar (but if conditions are ideal and there is demand, may be extended further up the Sound). The course involves a stretch of open sea rowing of about 1 ¾ miles, followed by a passage of about a mile through the Cuan Sound with the tide, which will be starting to go South, followed by a passage up the Seil Sound of about 2 ¾ miles with the tide to the finish, a total of about 5 ½ miles. The Cleit Rock perch in the Cuan Sound is a mark of the course and skiffs must pass on the Seil (North) side of it, to avoid the reef.
All races will be for mixed crews.
Each participating boat shall be insured with valid third-party liability insurance with a minimum cover of £2,000,000 per event or the equivalent.
The ceilidh will start at 7.30pm with live music from Neil Kennedy and others including the ladies and gentlemen of Seil Sound, who will perform at 8.00pm. As is traditional, contributions from participants are most welcome and crews are encouraged to bring any instruments and good signing voices with them. If possible give us some advance warning though! Bring your own booze.
The Regatta is a first event for the Isle of Seil Coastal Rowing Club and we welcome suggestions in advance from more experienced participants among our visitors. Contact Nick Bowles on 01852 300755 (nickb(at)webcraft.co.uk) or Ewan Kennedy on 01852 200261 (ewangkennedy(at)gmail.com).