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Summer cruises into Ullapool


Topher, Tim, Paul, John and Jan had the unusual experience of rowing Cul Mor in sunshine tonight.

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The passengers and crew of cruise ship, CSV Albatross, were delighted by their visit to Ullapool, describing it as a beautiful place, full of fresh air and sunshine.

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Photographs by Fiona MacDonald.


Shieldaig Shenanigans


Mike and John in a pre-race cox discussion.

Mike and John in a pre-race cox discussion.

A warm welcome, changeable weather, and a day of mixed results lay in store for the Club at Shieldaig.

With over twenty members of the Club participating in the Regatta we were able to enter two boats in each of the five round-the-island races.  Special mentions must go to Donna who arrived as a supporter but ended up stepping in at at the last minute for the Women’s Mixed Age race, and to our two coxes – John and Mike – who were out for every race.

Tim gets on his race-face, Tom buckles up, and Topher strides out before the Men's Mixed Age race.

Tim gets on his race-face while Tom buckles up and Topher strides out before the Men’s Mixed Age race.

Although Coigach won overall, Ullapool’s Mixed 50+ team won the Race of the Day.  Cox, John McIntyre kept a cool head in a fiercely-fought race, during which Coigach’s skiff ran aground.  Lashed by torrential rain, Cul Mor raced to the finish with the Ulla team coming in a very respectable second.  Hats off to the Coigach team for showing great spirit by finishing the course once they had been pulled from the rocks.

The winning Cul Mor team, comprising Kathryn, John, Ian, Lorraine, and John (cox), was awarded a smart silver trophy and a cash prize of £100 which was donated to Club funds.

John watching Cul Mor from the shore.

John watching Cul Mor from the shore.

A plentiful supply of tea, coffee and cake at the village hall kept everyone going, while the much remarked upon bacon and scallop rolls went down a storm.

Clan Chief, Ruaridh MacLennan piping the rowers through the finishing line was a lovely touch.

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Clan Chief, Ruaridh MacLennnan valiantly piping in torrential rain.  Photograph by Anne Macrae.

Well done Shieldaig for organising an excellent day.

Paul enjoying the racing as the storm clouds gather.

Paul enjoying the racing as the storm clouds gather.

PS Well done to Tom Grant for winning £20 in the hill race while we were there.

The following photographs of the day were taken by Robbie McFedries.

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Ullapool Regatta 2015 in pictures: Part 2


40+ Mixed team.

40+ Mixed team.

Cul Mor.

Cul Mor.

The twa Johns.

John and John.

Chief John.

Chief John.

A photograph of Michael taking a photograph of Ulla.

A photograph of Michael taking a photograph of Ulla.

Fiona in the umpire tent.

Fiona in the umpire tent.

Action shot of Tim handing a baton to Mike.

Action shot of Tim handing a baton to Mike.

Jan and Kate in the registration tent.

Jan and Kate in the registration tent.

Michael the umpire.

Michael the umpire.

Ulla.

Ulla.

Getting organised for the 40+ Men medal winners.

Getting organised for the 40+ Men medal winners.

40+ Men bronze medal winners.

40+ Men bronze medal winners.

40+ Women bronze medal winners.

40+ Women bronze medal winners.

Under 19 Boys bronze medal winners, with Sheila trying to stay out of the photograph.

Under 19 Boys bronze medal winners, with Sheila trying to stay out of the photograph.

Michael taking a photograph of the Open Men gold medal winners.

Michael taking a photograph of the Open Men gold medal winners.

Photographs by LG Thomson.


Ullapool Regatta 2015 in pictures: Part 1


Men 50+ pre-race pep talk.

Men 50+ pre-race pep talk.

Men 50+ heading for start line.

Men 50+ heading for start line.

Men 50+ start line.

Men 50+ start line.

Jonathan commentating from the beach.

Jonathan commentating from the beach.

Men 50+ bringing it home.

Men 50+ bringing it home.

60+ Mixed getting ready.

60+ Mixed getting ready.

Cheryl the masseuse with Jo and Lisa.

Cheryl the masseuse with Jo and Lisa.

Mixed decades men pulling Cul Mor out of the water.

Mixed decades men pulling Cul Mor out of the water.

Kathleen and Bev at the merchandise stall.

Kathleen and Bev at the merchandise stall.

Lisa and Mike in the registration tent.

Lisa and Mike in the registration tent.

The great Ullapool CRC tradition of hauling the rope for the start line.

The great Ullapool CRC tradition of hauling the rope for the start line.

60+ Men setting off.

60+ Men setting off.

60+ Men winning team.

60+ Men winning team.

Kate and Anne from the 60+ Women team with cox Mike.

Kate and Anne from the 60+ Women team with cox Mike.

60+ Women team.

60+ Women team.

Topher in the umpire tent.

Topher in the umpire tent.

Kate hard at work in the registration tent.

Kate hard at work in the registration tent.

The Right Stuff - 50+ Men gold medal winners

The Right Stuff – 50+ Men gold medal winners

Mixed 50+ silver medalists.

Mixed 50+ silver medalists.

60+ Women team - winners of the Kate Macphail Memorial Rose Bowl.

60+ Women team – winners of the Kate Macphail Memorial Rose Bowl.

60+ Mixed team with medal organisers, Fiona and Sheila.

60+ Mixed team with medal organisers, Fiona and Sheila.

60+ Men gold medal winners.

60+ Men gold medal winners.

Photographs by LG Thomson.


Ullapool CRC Regatta 2015 – Results


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A big thank you from Ullapool Coastal Rowing Club to everyone who took part in and supported our 2015 Regatta.  You made it a memorable and enjoyable weekend.

The racing was top notch, and with several close finishes excitement levels were sky high. The 50+ Men and 60+ Men categories were particularly tight, with only one second separating first and second place in each race.

There were two seconds in it for the 40+ Mixed and Open Women, and three seconds in the 50+ Mixed and Open Men.

Best time of the day was in the 40+ Men category, with Coigach coming in at 11.49.

In total, eighteen clubs took part.  Coigach won overall with 129 points, Ullapool were second with 111 points, Crail third with 101 points.

More news and photographs of the Regatta will follow, in the meantime full results for all races are listed below.

Before the results, a word from Topher…

Coigach did very well and their junior teams are fantastic. We did well to take the Open Men, 60+ Men (ahem!), and the 50+ Men, and did well in the medals. I’d like to thank all the club members for all their efforts, the Harbour Trust for their generous sponsorship of the marquee, and Robert Hicks for the entertainment.
Cheers, Topher.
Ullapool Coastal Rowing Club
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50+ Men
  1. Ullapool 12.24
  2. Coigach 12.25
  3. North Berwick 12.28

50+ Women

  1. North Berwick 13.36
  2. Crail 13.58
  3. Coigach 14.00

60+ Mixed

  1. Coigach 13.41
  2. Ullapool 14.07
  3. Rowporty 14.24

Under 17 Boys

  1. Coigach 5.44
  2. Crail 6.37

Under 19 Mixed

  1. Coigach 6.27
  2. North Berwick 6.54

60+ Men

  1. Ullapool 13.06
  2. Crail 13.07
  3. Coigach 13.20

60+ Women

  1. Ullapool 15.18

50+ Mixed

  1. Helmsdale 12.25
  2. Ullapool 12.28
  3. Coigach 12.38

40+ Men

  1. Coigach 11.49
  2. North Berwick 12.02
  3. Ullapool 12.09

40+ Women

  1. Crail 13.15
  2. Rowporty 13.44
  3. Ullapool 13.48

Open Mixed

  1. Coigach 12.03
  2. Ullapool 12.14
  3. Bunillidh 12.21

Under 19 Boys

  1. Coigach 5.41
  2. Helmsdale 5.53
  3. Ullapool 5.54

Under 17 Mixed

  1. Coigach 6.06
  2. North Berwick 6.22
  3. Rowporty 6.49

40+ Mixed

  1. Coigach 12.21
  2. Crail 12.23
  3. Boatie Blest 12.36

Open Women

  1. Avoch 13.43
  2. Coigach 13.45
  3. Islay 13.52

Open Men

  1. Ullapool 11.57
  2. Coigach 12.00
  3. Islay 12.25

Club Points 2015

Photograph by Michael MacDonald


Race Categories for Ullapool Regatta 2015


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2014 Regatta

Friday

1100 50+ Men

1130 50+ Women

1200 60+ Mixed

1330 U17 Boys

1400 U19 Mixed

1500 60+ Men

1530 60+ Women

1600 50+ Mixed

Saturday

1100 40+ Men

1130 40+ Women

1200 Open Mixed

1330 U19 Boys

1400 U17 Mixed

1500 40+ Mixed

1530 Open Men

1600 Open Women


A Snapshot of Portsoy 2015


The Club’s results at Portsoy Regatta were as mixed as the weather.  There were penalties, gold medals, and at least one tent collapsed under Saturday’s deluge.  We may have been wet, we may have been cold, we may even have been a teeny, tiny bit disappointed by some of the results, but guys, it was worth it for what surely must be the skiffie shot of the season.
John MacIntyre (cox), Robbie McFedries, John Grant, Ian Macgregor, Michael MacDonald in Cul Mor at Portsoy 2015.  Photograph courtesy of Allan Robertson Photography

Nomination for skiffie shot of the season.  Team: John MacIntyre (cox), Robbie McFedries, John Grant, Ian Macgregor, Michael MacDonald.  In Cul Mor at Portsoy 2015.  Courtesy of Allan Robertson Photography.

There was an excellent snapshot of the Club in the Mixed Decade team of Tom, Jan, Anne and William.  There were highs and lows.  A big learning curve.

John Grant

Brilliant sunshine and pouring rain.  Brilliant row from the young men rowing Cul Mor in the Open Men, sadly lost due to a 40 second penalty for being over the start line.  Great row by the older men in a borrowed boat which actually won the Open Men. Excellent rows from the other crews despite big waves! Ice cream and fish and chips up to the usual high standard.
Topher Dawson
A mixed day.  Good – our over 40 men getting a medal in a borrowed boat.  Got dizzy doing 360 degree turns at the umpires behest!  Not so much a learning curve, more a vertical challenge.  Everyone rowed their socks off.  Congrats to you all.
Ron Smith, cox.
Despite lots of lousy rain and standing around, everyone gave their all rowing and coxing their hearts out, making a long days racing worthwhile whilst showing promising signs of improving form for our own regatta next weekend.
Erica Alexander

Kate Macphail


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Kate Macphail, much-loved member of Ullapool Coastal Rowing Club, passed away on the 29th of May 2015.  Her skiffie friends marked their respect and affection for Kate by turning out for her funeral in club shirts.  Social rows with Kate were very social affairs indeed, with laughter being the order of the day.  She was full of joie de vivre, and will be missed by us all.

The following eulogy was written by Sue Agnew and Fiona MacDonald, and read by Sue at Kate’s funeral.

Kate Macphail – our rower and friend.  The first thing that comes to mind about Kate was her unmistakeable and hugely infectious laugh.  You couldn’t help but smile and laugh along with her.  That was, I think, one of her most attractive qualities; always cheery and she made others feel the same, no matter what kind of day you might be having.

And that’s how Kate was with us all when she joined the rowing club.  She immediately became one of our stalwarts.  I remember the first day she turned up to row, looking stylish and elegant as only Kate could in those red neoprene trousers.  She needed them, as she would turn out to fill a boat space in some of our more inclement Ullapool weather. And she brought to that boat, good humour and laughter with every crew she rowed with, which was a great asset to have.

Maybe the competitive racing was not quite to her liking, but the social craic with a crew of ladies or mixed members certainly was.  And she quickly became one of the great “do-ers” within the rowing circle.

She volunteered to help in all our fundraisers, maintaining she couldn’t bake, and that Nigel would make the soup, but nevertheless arrived, hat on, full of enthusiasm, rolled up her sleeves and got on with the job.

And we did a huge amount of this fundraising leading up to the 2013 World Championships.  Kate was involved in all of it.  She stepped in to take on the job of minute secretary for the Worlds organising committee and helped steer and support us through a major event in our community.  She offered many words of wisdom, her sharp mind interested in what was going on.  Her direct manner, which kept us on our toes, was Kate through and through.

The title of Soup Dragon was bestowed upon her with some trepidation when she and Helen gallantly took on the task of providing copious amounts of hot soup at the World Championships and subsequent Regattas.  But she took it with great spirit, hopefully recognising this title was bestowed with our admiration on a lady who was generous and giving, and who was our friend.

Her leaving us has left a big hole in our small rowing community.  It was a pleasure to have known her and to have rowed and laughed with her.  We will lift a glass of Guinness to her at our next rowing Regatta.

In loving memory of Kate Macphail, 7 September 1946 – 29 May 2015


Helmsdale 2015


Summer has finally arrived (for now…) and regatta season is suddenly in full swing.

On Saturday 27 June, twelve members from Ullapool travelled over to the east coast for the Bunillidh Regatta.

The following snapshot of the day’s events comes courtesy of Anne Smith.  Photograph by Erica Alexander.

Helmsdale 2015

Helmsdale 2015

A warm sunny day greeted us at Helmsdale, the prelude to a well organised day of racing. The twelve club members who travelled there managed – with Topher’s guidance- to mix and match enough teams to contest all but two of the day’s races.

We got podium positions in several of the events and everyone rowed their socks off.

This bodes well for the coming weekend weekend at Portsoy.

Anne


A Corking Good Time


The following report on the Ocean to City Race at Cork by Topher Dawson appeared in the Ullapool News on 5 June 2015.  Photographs by Jonathan Reid.

Pre-race prep.

Pre-race prep.

On Saturday 30th May, two Ullapool skiffs contested the prestigious Ocean to City Race at Cork in Ireland.  The Pink Fizzers rowing in Ulla were Lisa Urquhart, Kath Foote, Fiona Macdonald, Kathleen Mackay and Bev MacGregor.  In Cul Mor, the High School skiff, were the Corkers: Jan Dawson, Kathryn Bennett, Jonathan Reid, Tim Gauntlett and Topher Dawson.

The 28km race, from Crosshaven to Cork, attracts hundreds of entries from all over Ireland and the UK.  Kayaks, currachs, skiffs, gigs, Celtic Longboats, and even one brave person on a stand-up paddleboard, all converged on Crosshaven to compete.

Our deadly rivals, friends and neighbours, Coigach Community Rowing, had a crew of 6 taking turns to row, as did the well-respected North Berwick team, while the Fizzers had 5 rotating between cox and rowers.  The Corkers had Jan at the helm throughout, Kathryn as stroke, and the men in the other seats.

Topher and Tim caught in Jonathan's classic selfie

Topher and Tim caught in Jonathan’s classic selfie

Despite a wet and windy forecast the day started sunny and fairly calm, but the wind built and the rain came in as the day wore on.  Fortunately the wind and the tide were in our favour and we sped past Cobh, previously known as Queenstown, departure point of both the ill-fated voyages of the Titanic and the Lusitania.  Ulla may have suffered from similar luck because a wine cork serving as a bung gave up and had to be replaced by a twig from a nearby tree about two-thirds up the course.  This lead to a couple of other skiffs passing them, but such are the perils of the sea.

As the course narrowed into an exciting finish under a bridge in the middle of Cork there were several narrow squeaks with kayaks and currachs, but finally we all made it.

The Corkers came in third skiff with a creditable time of 2 hours and 45 minutes, N Berwick second, and in first place with quite a margin, Coigach.

Post-race recovery

Post-race recovery

Honourable mention must go to our support crew of Kathryn and Paul Bennett, who drove all the way towing both skiffs on one trailer, suffered double bearing failure and coped magnificently, and put up with foul driving weather.  Also our flag-maker Sheila Slaughter and her husband, James, who were there at the start and the finish to see us come in.

It was a big trip for us all, and a memorable one; well done all for such a great effort!

Topher.

Time to relax

Time to relax

Congratulations to The Corkers for finishing in such good time, and to The Fizzers for staying the course in such extenuating circumstances.  Good show all round.