The Island of Islay has launched its first St Ayles skiff. Around 200 people turned up to see “Lily Bheag” safely onto the water. The skiff is named after the new grand-daughter of builder Jack Glover.
The launch was followed by a fundraising barbecue, which raised around £800 to go towards a second St Ayles skiff for the Island.The sun shone on the launch that took place at Portnahaven, notwithstanding that it was torrential rain a few miles away on the other side of the island …. a good omen surely. The islanders already have some experience of coastal rowing boats, and look forward to getting to know their new skiff. Anyone interested in rowing on Islay should contact Jack Glover in the first instance: firstname.lastname@example.org .