The Isle of Luing launched their St Ayles skiff “Hinba” on 24 May 2014.
“Hinba” is an island in Scotland of unknown location that was the site of a small monastery associated with the Columban church on Iona. Although a number of details are known about the monastery and its early abbots, and various anecdotes dating from the time of Columba of a mystical nature have survived, modern scholars are divided as to its whereabouts – many think it is Eileach an Naoimh an Island that lies off the Isle of Luing, where St Columba lived and where his mother is buried.
Also launched was Luings other skiff…… Verda is a six oared boat (six rowers, two each on three thwarts). She is based on the Fair Isle design and has been extensively renovated this year, to give the Isle of Luing an impressive fleet for its population!
Gill of Kilmelford and Isle of Seil’s “Selkie” were on hand to welcome the Luing Boats onto the water. The Boats were launched into the Cuan Sound, one of the fastest flowing stretches of tidal water in around the British Isles.
The Sound does of course feature in races at next weeks Isle of Seil regatta. In a first for Scottish Coastal Rowing skiffs will gather from three different Islands: Mull, Seil and Luing. The are to be joined by skiffs from Carrick, Pittenweem and Mid-Argyll. The Seil Regatta will feature a race in stages anti-clockwise for the 10 miles around Seil. The start will be at 1100 on 31 May off the Old Pier at Ellenabeich. An intensive 1 week of training coming up for the skiffers of Luing! Good luck to Hinba, and best wishes to her builders and rowers.
Photographs are from the Isle of Luing Coastal Rowing Facebook page which has lots of pictures and the full story of the launch and naming.