Strong winds and rain didn’t dampen the Coigach Skiffies


Ten boats all in a row

Row Porty stormed through tough conditions to garner a cabinet full of trophy oars, demonstrating the benefit of regular practice and commitment they were the undoubted champions of the Coigach Regatta. Event organisers were faced with difficult decisions last week as the forecast steadily deteriorated as race day approached. Launching into the rolling surf on Bardentarbat beach would have been risky for boats and crew so the decision was taken to up sticks and move venue to Old Dornie harbour. Sheltered from the windy blast – at least for launching – Old Dornie almost provided the perfect location, the rural nature of the conveniences left little to the imagination but everybody coped.

In action

The distance races in morning provided the audience with a fine spectacle of rowers challenging each other and the elements – full credit to those who doggedly kept pulling into rising waves. The afternoon sprints, being downwind, were visually less dramatic but non the less hard fought and exciting.

After the race

The Ten boats on the water together made a magnificent sight – a real credit to all the builders involved. The Organisers led by the indefatigable Lesley M deserve a huge vote of thanks for pulling off a magnificent event in adverse circumstances – you have set a high standard for the rest of us to emulate.

It is expected that full results will be posted on the Coigach Lass site in due course and some more pictures will be put on the flickr group page.

  1. #1 by Skiff (Newhaven) on 25 May 2011 - 10:11 pm

    What a great weekend, not dampened by the fact that we the gales force winds break 4 of our tents; we became refugees and had to shelter in the Community Centre for some of the weekend; one lot took 81/2 hours to get back to Edinburgh towing a caravan; another lot had to abandon their seakayak in Inverness and the skiff had to be bailed out many times on the way home (yes, we are putting in a drain plug next winter!). many thanks to the organisers for a great weekend we won’t forget in a hurry. Some great races and a lot of fun. Many thanks to those that helped fix our trailer – we owe you lots.

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