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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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One Comment on “Shieldaig Shenanigans”

  1. Anne Macrae says:

    The day was a lovely introduction to skiff racing for Shieldaig. High hopes that they will now have one of their own built. The brave piper on the shore grew up in Ullapool and is Ruaridh, Chief of the Clan MacLennan.

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