Steven Gourlay is a most excellent Ullapool based photographer who has recently been wowing the locals by showing the village from a new perspective. His aerial shots of Lochbroom and Ullapool give a seagulls eye view of village activities and he was in action at this years Regatta. It is very well worth visiting his facebook page to see some stunning shots of the start line and race action from the air. He has also secured an excellent portfolio of shots from land and sea in not particularly good conditions (the quality of the light on Saturday was exceedingly harsh and difficult) also viewable on facebook. For those interested in the how a couple of shots of the aerial machine and operator.
The UCRC snaps, such as they are, are on Flickr - if fellow skiffies wish borrow and post these elsewhere they are welcome to do so but it would be a friendly gesture to observe the normal courtesies.
The rather sad strips of camping roll that have served as seat cushions have now been replaced by some rather snazzy bespoke cushions from supplier to Cornish gigs, Gigass. The level of service provided has been superb, they took the trouble to research this website to add little touches like ‘Ulla’s’ name in the correct font and to make sure they were in the club colours. such has been the rowers delight in the new level of comfort achieved that a set will be ordered for Cul Mor.
Cox’n John D Redlocks and his Motley Crew
and to show that they are not just pretty faces here is what they were doing seconds before
In an unexpected treat for Ullapool Skiff Regatta goers Falmouth Pilot Gig Club, current World Champions (Mens & Womens), and Coigach Community Rowing Club, current Skiffie World Champions, were seen going head to head in the same race. ‘Energy’, the 1985 launched Pilot Gig enjoyed a leisurely row across Loch Broom steadily increasing her lead over ‘Coigach Lass’. Granted the Pilot Gig has an advantage in waterline length and 50% more oar power as well as quite a few more years in developing technique. A real pleasure seeing the two types of coastal rowing craft on the water together – our grateful thanks to Falmouth for traveling the length of the United Kingdom to give us this treat. (in fairness ‘Energy’ were not formally part of the race but luck of the Skiffies lane draw had resulted in Coigach Lass on the outside lane next to uncontested water where the Gig rowed)
After the serious business of the day – racing on the Costa del Broom – the Gig club generously took (very) interested skiffies out for Gig rowing taster sessions.
After some last minute notifications of which boats are coming – we still don’t have all responses – we have had to finalise our regatta programme to give the printers a chance. If you want to print it out for yourself then the pdf file will give a better result – print it on both sides of an A4 sheet and fold into three panels so the skiffs form the back centre panel.
The 2014 T Shirts and Hoodies have arrived and went on sale today – to a new design featuring a St Ayles on the shore of Loch Broom against a background of the eastern hills. The backs hint at last years SkiffieWorlds look to give a bit of continuity. In a range of bright and snazzy colours these are just the thing to brighten up a days skiffing.
Prices remain the same as last year, £25 for Adult Hoodies and £10 for the T Shirt, Kids are at £15 for the Hoodie and £5 for the T.
Unlike last year these will NOT be reordered – once they’re gone they’re gone. During the Regatta they will be available (while stocks last) at the Regatta Marquee at the west end of Shore Street, above the beach along with the usual Skiffie baking stall and Soups and other refreshment.
So to avoid disappointment be sure to buy early – if todays launch is any indicator once again these will be a popular item and a very practical souvenir of the Regatta.