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2016 Regatta 28th and 29th May

Notice of Race:

Ullapool Coastal Rowing Club will be holding our regatta this year at the end of May since the World Championship at Strangford Lough will be held 25th – 30th July, close to our normal time of year.

16 skiffs are so far signed up and we have room for one more, first come first served!

As you come into the village, the wee pier on your left opposite the filling station is the place to launch your skiff. Space there is tight so we would ask people to get their boats off the trailer as quickly as possible and take the trailer to park in the High School grounds. The High School is about 400m away, turn right off the shore road and carry on 300m till you see the signs on your right.

Boats are to be pulled up at the West Shore St beach beyond the big pier, a row of about 400m. Clubs will find marker posts showing where they can make their base at the top of the beach.

There will be a ceilidh in the Village Hall on Saturday night.

Race course

Races will be held over a course of 2km on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th May, the same course as was used for the World Championship. See the Race Times document.

Start and finish will be from individual marks on a line running out from the beach.  Crews will then race across the loch to their own turning buoy, where they will turn 180 degrees before racing back to the start finish line.  Each boat will be in an unmarked lane between their start mark and their turn mark, and must as far as possible stay in that lane.

Crews approaching their turn must give way to crews coming out of their turn. This is set out in the rules of racing.

Rules of Racing

All racing will be held under the 2013 Edition of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association which should be viewed at

Starting will be by VHF radio so each cox must carry one. Mains sockets for recharging will be available.

The water around the racing will not be closed to other traffic, and when encountering other craft, crews must abide by the International Rules for Prevention of Collision at Sea.  In particular it should be noted that the Stornoway Ferry is restricted in her ability to manoeuvre when arriving and departing the Ferry Pier, which is beside the regatta race course.  Crews must keep clear of the ferry.

Racing is timed to avoid the ferry sailing times.  It is therefore essential that all races start on time, and it is the responsibility of crews to be ready to take position on the start line prior to the advertised start time. Any alteration to the ferry sailings will be reflected and announced in changed race times.

Camping and caravan pitches can be had near the race course at the Broomfield Holiday Park (which does not accept bookings but has always had camping space) or in a more secluded location 4 miles north of Ullapool at Ardmair Holiday Park, which does accept bookings.

We look forward to seeing new clubs for the first time and old friends once more!

Ullapool Regatta 2016 Race timetable


Friday 27th May

1900 sprints along the front, 250m, no entry needed, first come first served.

 Saturday 28th May

Low tide 0608 High tide 1226 (neaps)

0900 – 1000 registration at Race tent

1000 Cox’s briefing at Race tent

(0930 Ferry arrives, 1030 Ferry departs)

1100 60+ Mixed

1130 50+ Men

1200 U17 Boys (+U17 Girls if there are entries)

1230 50+ Women

1300 U19 Mixed

1330 60+ Men

1400 60+ Women

1430 50+ Mixed

1500 U19 Boys (+U19 Girls if entries)

1530 U17 Mixed

1700 Medals on the beach below the Refreshment tent

(1700 Ferry arrives, 1830 Ferry departs)

1900 BBQ at the Village Hall

2000 Ceilidh in the Village Hall


Sunday 29th May

Low tide 0708 High tide 1328

0900 – 1000 Registration at Race tent

1000 Cox’s briefing at Race tent

(no morning ferry)

1030 40+ Men

1100 40+ Women

1130 Open A Mixed

1200 40+ Mixed

1230 Open B Men (if there are entries)

1300 Open B Women (if entries)

1330 Open A Men

1400 Open A Women

1430 Open B Mixed (if entries)

1530 Medals on the beach

(later if heats needed)

(1700 Ferry arrives, 1830 Ferry departs)


We look forward to seeing you!

Topher Dawson on behalf of the UCRC.


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