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Ullapool Regatta 2017


Ullapool Coastal Rowing Club – 2017 Regatta

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July

Ullapool Harbour, Lochbroom

Regatta information

UCRC welcomes St Ayles Skiff clubs to our 2017 Regatta.

We are now at 20 boats so please send in your race entries by 17th June so we can plan lanes and heats if necessary.

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.

On Saturday after the 2km races, we will be running informal 250m sprint races along the shore, all welcome and no need to enter, just turn up.

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 food for sale at 1900 and a ceilidh at 2000 in the MacPhail Centre (part of the High School building) on Saturday night.

The last race on Sunday is scheduled for 1500 with prizes at 1530 so there should be plenty of time for clubs to get home on Sunday night.

We’d be grateful for volunteer boat umpires, beach marshals and first aiders from visiting clubs, emails to topher@dawsonullapool.com.

Race course

Races will be held over a course of 2km on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July, 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 http://scottishcoastalrowing.org/files/2013/03/Rules-of-Racing-2013-Edition.pdf

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!

 

Topher Dawson on behalf of the UCRC.

 

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One Comment on “Ullapool Regatta 2017”

  1. […] Ullapool regatta was held on the 8th and 9th of July, and Nina and I went up with the dual roles of rowers and researchers. We weren’t sure what to expect from the weekend, because we knew from other rowers that it is considered an important event in the skiff rower’s calendar. Certainly our team mates from St Andrews had been training hard in anticipation. It is with slight embarrassment that I can admit I wasn’t in the best of shape for the regatta – and was nervous on that front! I was also nervous about doing overnight fieldwork, all the research I have been involved with so far has been within ordinary working hours, and I’ve certainly never had to camp or race with my boss before (!). Another ongoing concern I have is that rowers won’t be interested in our project, or will wonder why we’re hanging around. […]

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