Loch Broom Skiff Regatta 2012
The Loch Broom leg of the St Ayles Skiff racing Calendar will take place over the Weekend of 11th/12th August.
Participants will be coming from the many communities involved in building and rowing these graceful boats. This page will be updated as we resolve the detail of the weekends activities. Once we finalize things various documents relating to the safety and organisation of the races will be posted here as downloadable files so keep checking back. The plan is to have a bit of a play on the water on the Friday (10th) evening for early arrivals, the serious stuff – racing – on the Saturday, between Ferry departure and return. Skiff launching will be a carefully marshalled exercise prior to boats being moved to the racing beach in front of the Arch Inn. Trailers will be parked parked safely on the main commercial pier and vehicles will be parked away from the front. Those booking space on the Broomfield camp site may be able to beach launch from the site – it will probably involve carrying the boat a short distance – we will investigate further and clarify.
- OPEN OVER 35S – Womens Class, Mens Class, Mixed Class
- OPEN OVER 50S – Womens Class, Mens Class, Mixed Class
- OPEN – Womens Class, Mens Class, Mixed Class
Crews entries to classes will be registered on the day, due to some clubs mixing with others to build a team or to enter races last minute (More crews, more competition! )
Prize giving 8pm at the Village Hall (thanks to Bev & Charlotte for the medals) followed by a ceilidh dance with a local band and caller (bring your dancing shoes). The auction will close after the prize giving so remember to buy your raffle tickets and bid on the auction. We will be running a bar in the hall from 7.30pm all at reasonable prices. Please don’t BYOB. Under 18′s, supervised, are welcome. Sunday will feature a boat born excursion to a remote Loch Broom beach (which one will be decided by the wind direction on the day) for a BYO picnic brunch/BBQ (we will provide the fire!) before groups start to wend their way home. Loch Broom is reasonably sheltered from the prevailing westerlies, the only conditions that would affect our plan is a strong blow from the East or South east – in that unlikely event we have a ‘plan B’ which will be disseminated a few days before the event if there is a likelihood of it being needed
Our Regatta is taking place in peak tourist season and we strongly advise (can’t emphasise that enough) making your campsite or other accommodation booking as early as possible. Ullapool is small enough to run out of space in peak season so finding somewhere for Rowers and Camp followers in the village will be very difficult at short notice.
Possibly Useful Links
Ullapool Tourism and Business Association general local info and accommodation site
Ullapool Youth Hostel (SYHA)
Ullapool Farm B&B out at Leckmelm with cooking you dream of.
Broomfield Holiday Park – Ullapool’s Campsite on the shore of Loch Broom The one shown on the map above. Note: although this site doesn’t normally take bookings, we are hoping to arrange a block booking for part of the site. Watch for updated advice in a couple of weeks.
Ardmair Campsite, 3 miles N of Ullapool pretty spectacular and you can launch here for a spot of fishing or more practice.