Local Win in First “Argyll Open”


The Argyll Open is a regatta and picnic expedition for SCRA “Picnic Class” boats. A small but perfectly formed fleet assembled on Caol Scotnish, near Tayvallich on the morning of 15 June 2015. Racing was by way of time trial over a course on the very sheltered waters of the sea loch.

Local rower Ben Wilde of Archipelago Folkschool was fastest over the course in a time of 12 minutes 30 seconds. Ben was rowing a Clint Chase designed Caravelle rowing boats built on one of the Archipelago Folkschool’s one week boat building courses. A rower from Gullane Aquatics took silver in 12:44, with Tayvallich taking the bronze in 12:55. Best of the rest was Robbie Wightman of North Berwick Rowing Club in 13:05. None of the ladies present were willing to lay down a time, so there is still a vacancy for the title of first ladies Argyll Open champion….. hopefully to be filled next year. The winner received a prize of tablet made by Mrs A.J. Jack of West Kilbride, presented by her daughter. Well done all.

The Winner Starting his time trial

After the racing…….. on with the picnic expedition! The boats made their way towards the head of Caol Scotnish, and landed on Witches Isle for their picnic. A fascinating place with medieval ruins and probably remains of a later fortified dwelling. It probably got its name from being a place where difficult women were exiled to, where they could be kept safely away from the rest of the community but their skills could be used when required. All the women from the picnic party were brought safely back to the slip on the mainland from where the boats were recovered.

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