The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association

Selkie – 10th year celebration

The Isle of Seil, Appin, Glencoe and Loch Awe skiffs, cruised-in-company around the Isle of Seil in Argyll on Saturday 13 May, to celebrate ten years since the launch of Seil’s skiff, Selkie.

Starting from Selkie’s base at Balvicar Boatyard, the skiffs circumnavigated the island anticlockwise, rowing under the Bridge Over the Atlantic and through Puilldhobhrain anchorage out into the Firth of Lorn. Over two hours later, a crew change and picnic (with birthday cake!) took place in cracking weather on Easdale Island. The skiffs then navigated the whirlpools and tidal race of Cuan Sound between Luing and Seil before returning to Balvicar, a total of over 18 km. Speeds of 8 knots were plotted through Cuan, some sideways!

Those who attended SCRA’s Passage Planning training weekend on Seil (pre-pandemic) will recognise the importance of the two tidal gates at the bridge and the Cuan Sound – luckily we got the tides right, phew!

Photo by Jean Ainsley
Isle of Seil CRC (Selkie), Loch Awe CRC (Cruachan) Appin Community skiff (Nellie G), Glencoe Boat Club (Corrag) pass under the Bridge over the Atlantic at the start of the circumnavigation of the island of Seil on Saturday.