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In the absence of Royalty . .. . . ..

Saluting the 'Wylde Swan' on her departure on the small isles cruise.

Cul Mor & Ulla Saluting the ‘Wylde Swan’ on her departure on the small isles cruise.

2014 Lochbroom Skiff Regatta Photographs

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.

Steve Gourlay's Aerial Photographic Machine

Steve Gourlay’s Aerial Photographic Machine

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Steve Gourlay virtual flying








Steve in more conventional action

Steve in more conventional action

and whilst we’re mentioning Gigs

The rather sad strips of camping roll that have served as seat cushions have now been replaced by some rather snazzy bespoke cushions from supplier to Cornish gigs, Gigass.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.

Seats Ulla

Ready to leave Cornwall for Ullapool


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Fitted and receiving hard use


Skiff & Gig World champions clash blades

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)

Energy at rest on the beach in Sunny Ullapool

Energy at rest on the beach in Sunny Ullapool

Energy moving out to the start line

Energy moving out to the start line

The Start

The Start

a minute later - already a significant lead.

a minute later – already a significant lead.

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.

New kid on the block

Longa Full Ullapool Skiffies are delighted to welcome a new neighboring Skiff just to the south. Gairloch Coastal Rowing Club launched their most attractive, quality built ‘Longa’ on Saturday 28th June. The ceremonial anointing after some suitable words was performed by the Lord Lieutenant for Ross, Cromarty, Skye & Lochalsh, Mrs Janet Bowen who has, for some time, taken a keen and supportive interest in the local Skiffing scene. The build team led by Hugh Macintyre are to be congratulated on a superb result, the striking livery was designed by pupils at the Gairloch High School, nicely applied by some of the lady Gairloch rowers (some of whom had not previously picked up a paint brush – they done a cracking  job) and looks very well on the water. Even the weather, always a bit of a gamble up here, co-operated by providing grand visibility with the merest of cooling zephyrs to ripple the water. Our friends from up the coast, Coigach Community Rowing, towed ‘Coigach Lass’ over the winding coast road to Gairloch to join in welcoming ‘Longa’ onto the water and a couple of red-shirted rowers from Ardesier were in evidence. Unfortunately our own ‘Ulla’ had a previous engagement at Portsoy. We do, however, eagerly anticipate the boats meeting at our own regatta in a fortnight’s time and look forward to giving ‘Longa’ a proper Ullapool welcome. For the story of the build and a grand set of launch photos visit the Gairloch Coastal Rowing Club’s Facebook.

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The introductory speech, followed by the Lord Lieutenant for Ross, Cromarty, Skye & Lochalsh, Mrs Janet Bowen

Calling all Littoral Raft Rowers – Thursday is almost here



We flagged up a request  from Julia Barton, artist, earlier in the year for Skiffies to take part in the Littoral Raft Project on World Environment Day - The Day is rapidly approaching, so a gentle reminder to any Ullapool Skiffies available on Thursday, a chance to make your mark by helping power the rafts over from Isle Martin behind the Skiffs.  Visit the booking Calendar and add your name if you can help – Thanks.

julia and cal working on beach

Julia and Cal working on beach


A chance to take part in World Environment Day – in Ross-Shire, Thurs 5th June

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Artist Julia Barton is looking for Skiffs and volunteers to row to Isle Martin on Thursday the 5th June (World Environment Day) to pick up and tow  ‘litter rafts’ back to Ardmair Slipway for collection by the Highland Council Waste Services team.  Julia anticipates making five rafts out of litter that  she will be collecting and documenting during her residency on the island which will form stage II of her Littoral Art Project – investigating and drawing awareness to the harmful effects of litter which she began last autumn with local schools & residents .

She is trying to get enough boats (hopefully 5) and teams of volunteers to form a flotilla  of skiffs and ‘litter rafts’ to be filmed to show Ross-Shire’s contribution to global activities on World Environment Day – to draw attention to the need to look after our environment.

Julia set up her project last autumn at An Talla Solais and has been working with schools and groups in Ullapool, Achiltibuie and Lochinver; a selection of the work that she carried out will be exhibited at the Ullapool Museum from the 2nd of May.

Much more information can be found on Julia’s blog

Please get in touch with Julia or perhaps there is a Skiffie who would co-ordinate the boaty side of things.  

Julia – 07977997605, email

SkiffieWorlds Website

For anybody interested the content is still out there for the time being – just go to Most of the links to SkiffieWorlds from within this site have been updated so now work but links from any other site that have not been amended won’t.

SkiffieWorlds report in Water Craft

Kathy Mansfield, renowned maritime photo journalist, has done a drop dead gorgeous report on SkiffieWorlds in the current edition of Water Craft Magazine – on the bookstalls now.  Kathy’s report paints a vivid picture of those glorious days in July, accompanied as always by mouth-watering images.   A very pleasant reminder of a fantastic event which should be on every Skiffies coffee table – rush out and get a copy now.

This issue is also notable for the first appearance of a St Ayles as the cover shot – in this case a superb capture by local master lensman, Steven Gourlay, of the Mens Open contingent of the Skiff World Champions, Coigach, storming home to a well deserved victory.

More of Kathy Mansfield’s super shots can be seen and enjoyed on  her site

Ullapool Skiffies are page 42 girls

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Scotland Outdoors spring issue has a great article on the Skiffies with most of the snaps featuring our part of the world. We are grateful to the Magazine for allowing us to link to a low resolution electronic version of the article. If you like what you see and want to get a crisp glossy version of the article – together with lots of other good stuff why not go get a copy from local stockists Northwest Outdoors in the village. A permanent memento for only £3.80. In the meantime have a quick glance as a taster here.