Tiree Skiff Takes To The Waves
The beautiful Tiree St Ayles skiff Gille-Brìghde ‘the oystercatcher’ took to the waters of Loch Bhassapol last weekend for its maiden (freshwater) voyage.
Three crews, after a quick lesson in rowing technique involving broomsticks, were pushed out into deeper water by the expert team of Niall MacDonald and Alasdair MacLachlan from the Tiree Maritime Trust.
It had been a misleadingly warm morning, but a keen southeasterly wind developed, making conditions quite challenging rowing ‘uphill’ and producing a slight chop.
Once or twice, a crewmember toppled backwards gracefully when an oar was left in the water fractionally too long. But you certainly would not have known that this was the first time many of the rowers had had an oar in their hands, as they settled into a good rhythm and produced (occasionally) a good deal of power.
There was a small amount of perspiration, some well-worked muscles, an appreciation of being out on the water in this most glorious island, and a good deal of laughter.
Thanks to Kirsty MacLean for providing safety boat cover. We’ll be back on the water regularly, so if you want to give Tiree’s latest and most fashionable sport a try, get in touch: 220385