Seil Skiff Regatta

Isle of Seil Skiff Regatta, 11/12 June 2016

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.

Our third Regatta will feature the Round Seil Cruise in Company, circumnavigating the Isle of Seil anticlockwise. The row could be run in two legs with an optional crew change/pee stop/picnic. Launch at 0900 (Balvicar), 0930 (Hunter’s Quay) to catch the tide/s. The first tidal gate is the Bridge over the Atlantic – we need to be clear by 1000 at the latest. It should take around four hours, without any stops, but we are planning a crew change at Ellenabeich at 1130 ish. The second tidal gate is Cuan Sound – we need to be well through that and out by Torsa by 1500 which means leaving Ellanabeich/Easdale by 1330. There are public toilets at Ellenabeich, icecreams, water etc and the Oyster Bar. Alternatively the Puffer on Easdale. Comms are on VHF channel 77 and there will be a support boat accompanying. Maps will be provided.

If the weather is inclement on the Saturday (surely not!), then there is the option of trying on the Sunday, or a social row before driving home/catching ferries etc.

Visiting skiffs will be launched and recovered from Hunter’s Quay, through the double wooden gates just past the derestriction signs coming out of Clachan, on the left.

There will be a ceilidh on the Saturday evening from 1900 in the Seil Hall, to which everyone is invited – rowers, groupies, locals, visitors. Catering by Fisarakah’s Occasions, also a pay bar. Live music will be provided courtesy of The Brother and Seil Sound. Tickets are now on sale from Balvicar Stores. As is traditional, contributions from participants are most welcome and crews are encouraged to bring any instruments and good singing voices with them. If possible give us some advance warning though, by contacting fear an taighe Ewan Kennedy on 01852 200261 (ewangkennedy(at) The ceilidh is open to everyone, so please tell your non-skiffie friends. There will be a raffle.

Facilities for camping at Ellenabeich are strictly limited. There are a few berths available in local houses, please ask! Seil rowers also have camping spots available in their gardens. Camper vans and caravans can be parked free on the municipal car park about ½ mile from the Hall, or at a charge (£10) in the Highland Arts carpark. Neither offers any facilities but there are public toilets nearby.

The new kayak centre, Argyll Kayaker Cove, at North Cuan on Cuan Sound, has campervan and tent pitches @ £5, showers and water (£2) and hookups for campervans (£2). The centre also has a bunkhouse, and six berths available on a converted 110 year old lifeboat on the shore, the Alexandra. Email: See their facebook page, for pics and prices; AirBnB; or phone 01852 300366; 07867893349

There are several bed & breakfasts and self catering establishments locally, see:

There are three restaurants locally, the Oyster Bar at Ellenabeich (01852 300121), the Puffer Pub on Easdale (01852 300022) and the Tigh-an-Truish (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 Island at frequent intervals, as does the Cuan Ferry to Luing. It is essential that skiffs keep well clear of the ferry and on no account attempt to pass in front of her
The perch with a green can at the South entrance to Easdale Sound is a mark of the course and must be passed on the seaward (Western) side. This is vitally important as it marks dangerous rocks further inshore!
There is a shingle spit on the west side of the entrance to Clachan Sound.

Measurement Rules
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; entries are limited to five skiffs.
Race Classes
Crews can be mixed.
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.

4 thoughts on “Seil Skiff Regatta

  • March 3, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Hopefully this event will be well recorded photographically, and the producers of next year’s Slate Island Calendar would welcome the chance to produce a record on one of the monthly pages (possibly on the month which you would like to make it an annual event)

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  • April 3, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Hi there! Great news that you are about to launch your boat. Members of Rowporty (Portobello) keen to come and join you for your first regatta. Keep us posted!

  • May 21, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    Hi there
    Possibly members of Newburgh would be interested in coming to your regatta.
    Do you have a programme for races or categories.also is there a caravan site near.


    Tom Johnston

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