Shieldaig and Loch Torridon rowing regatta

Shieldaig and Loch Torridon Coastal Rowing Club hosted its 5th annual rowing regatta on Saturday 10 August.   

Despite appalling weather forecasts earlier in the week, the rain and wind mainly held off allowing teams to row the exciting “round the island” course.   13 teams formed a competitive field from all over Scotland featuring Avoch, Boatie Blest, Cromarty, Newhaven, Golspie, Locharron, Queensferry, St Andrews, Sutors Skiffies, Ullapool, Port Soy, Burghead and our home team.   The course started as usual in front of Shieldaig village, after which the crews sprinted northwards into a moderate headwind and choppy swell.  It is a feature of the course than after only 600m, the teams all converge at a single turning mark, turning left through 45 degrees to head to the north of the island.   After that the skiffs all disappear into the “dark side” around the back of the Island.   All spectators are held in suspense until the teams emerge for a sprint finish to the beach.  

The racing was tight and the usual ‘argy bargy’ at the first mark was mainly avoided with some excellent umpiring.    Golspie took line honours for the Mixed Open, Boatie won the Open Men and 230+ Men, Avoch won the Open Women and (to local supporters’ delight) the home team won the 230+ Mixed and 230+ Women races.    Golspie were worthy overall regatta champions.     All teams enjoyed the great food and atmosphere provided by Shieldaig’s fete, including the evening live music.  

Organisers would like thank all fete and regatta participants, contributors and the event sponsors for their ongoing generous support.    Some photos of the event can be viewed at  

Next year’s fete and regatta will be on 8 August 2020.

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