Ullapool Coastal Rowing Club skiff Ulla travelled with a skeleton crew to take up an invitation from Stornoway CRC to take part in the Sail Stornoway rowing sprints at the Hebridean Festival.
Bev and Kathleen on arriving in Stornoway with Ulla managed to aquire 3 lady sailors from Ullapool who just happened to be over with their yacht. After a play about honing race skills they met up with Sandy Macdonald of Stornoway Coastal Rowing Club, who put together a crew from those islanders not already working at the Festival to race in local skiff Madadh Ruadh . Competition came down to a couple of timed sprints, Ulla winning both of these.
Kathleen tells us “It was a glorious sunny day with the Lewis Castle and Hebridean Festival as a backdrop. Although the Programme schedule was from 10am til 11.30am we didnt get off the water til 5.30pm having taken several locals out, experienced and beginners. ” Proceedings came to a close after Madadh Ruadh breaking 2 oars in a closely run race against a stag party crew.
Sandy MacDonald posted on Ulla’s facebook page “It was a fantastic day! Thank you so much for taking Ulla over. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all and rowing with and in Ulla, she is a gorgeous boat and a pleasure to row. Your visit has spurred quite a bit of interest and there is definite talk about us repaying the visit in August. We just need to make some oars! ”