Shieldaig ShenanigansPosted: August 2, 2015
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.
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.
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.
Well done Shieldaig for organising an excellent day.
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.