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Construction of Tiree’s Community Boathouse Complete

noustThe final phase of the Noust, Tiree’s community boathouse, was opened in Scarinish on 14th June 2014.This marked the end of a two-year project by Tiree Maritime Trust and Tog Studio, who have worked together to deliver this special building in a unique way.

The first phase of the building was completed last summer and has become a hub for sailing and boat maintenance on the island; the Daisy and Morag Anne were restored during the popular ‘Noust Nights’. The finished building – which is 16m long and 6m wide – is large enough to store up to five traditional dipping lug sail boats and promises to allow even bigger and better work to take place. Sandy MacIntosh, explained “This project is just the start of what the Maritime Trust hope to do. We want to use the building as a place to restore our fleet of clinker-built dipping lugs and to teach young people on the island about sailing.”

The second phase of the boathouse was built during a week-long ‘summer school’ in June 2014. This event was mostly attended by architects and architecture students who wanted to learn practical construction skills. Participants came from all over the UK (and as far as New York) to build structural frames, attach cladding and make doors. This involved learning a mixture of traditional woodworking skills alongside more unusual activities. Tog Studio, were responsible for the design and running the opening event.

Having successfully finished the build Lynne Cox commented “We were very pleased with the quality of the finished building and the experience which the participants took away from the island. Many were visiting Tiree for the first time and all commented on how welcome they had been made to feel by the community. The highlight was probably dancing an Orcadian Strip the Willow down the length of the finished building at the opening party!”

The Noust was generously funded by Tiree Windfall Fund with support from the Glasgow Institute of Architects and a number of Architecture and Engineering Departments from Scottish Universities.

Details of future ‘Noust Nights’ will follow in An Tirisdeach.

Michael Holliday

Tiree Boathouse Shortlisted For GIA Design award

boathouseTiree Maritime Trust’s new boathouse ‘The Noust’ has been short-listed for a prestigious GIA Design Award run by the Glasgow Institute of Architects.

The Noust provides an invaluable building for the Maritime Trust to maintain Tiree’s traditional dipping lug sail boats.

Tiree Maritime Trust would like to say a very big thank you to all who helped with the boathouse build: TOG Studio team and students, Andrew Montgomery and Argyll Estates, Iain Mackinnon Haulage, Lachie Brown, Nancy MacKechnie, the commercial sponsors (Russwood, MAKLab, Marley Eternit, Spax, Coburn, Hilti, James Latham, GAGael), the many people who have made donations to the Maritime Trust since its formation in 2005, and of course the Windfall Fund.

The opening of ‘The Noust’ is just the beginning… volunteers will be working on the lug boats over the winter, with the hope of sailing them regularly next spring, then in June 2014 the second half of the boathouse will be built as an architecture live build project with Tog Studio.

Tiree Maritime Trust are always looking for support so if you are interested in the work of Tiree Maritime Trust or would like to become actively involved please get in touch via our website www.tireemaritimetrust.org.uk.

Tiree Regatta 2012

regatta_2012By Robert Trythall

The forecast for the start of Tiree’s 2012 Regatta, was dreich with showers, and a gusty offshore WNW wind freshening by late afternoon to 20-25 knots. Not the best of forecasts, but at the skippers’ meeting it was decided the forecast was not one that would cause a postponement of the 2 o’clock start.

At the start the wind still had to freshen, but the sun had come out, there were no showers, and a glorious race was in prospect. The forecast had put off a few boats, but among the fleet were 4 of the classic Tiree dipping lugs, which are now a rare sight on the Scottish Regatta scene. The lugs and mixed dinghy fleet made a perfect start but as they rounded the first mark the wind freshened and what ensued was one of the toughest Tiree Regattas for many years.

The dinghies finished the 2 laps of the course in record time, but dipping lugs have a huge problem going upwind and this was causing difficulties. Reefing was essential, but in the freshening conditions proved difficult to execute as wind and tide were building a considerable chop. The pressure on the mast foot of one of the lugs, the Daisy, skippered by Iain Macdonald, caused the mast to snap its securing thwart. It had to withdraw.

From the shore, conditions looked benign but were deteriorating sharply as the fleet attempted to round the last mark to the finish line. This proved problematic, with all bar one of the boats failing to round the mark. Donnie MacInnes, skipper of the Mary was the sole finisher. At the prize giving, supping from the winner’s Quaich, he revealed local knowledge passed on from his father – ‘with the mark in the position it was, then in a very fresh NW, the best tactic to adopt is to head inshore to nearly beach the boat, tack ,and come down around the mark’. This, Donnie had executed to perfection!

The committee, having spent many hours deriving a new handicap system for the Tiree lugs, did not have to revert to a computer to work it all out. There was just one finisher, job done !! Finn MacDonald aged 11, helming his Pico with dad Karl as crew, followed his success in last year’s Centenery Regatta by winning the Dinghy class from Mamie Jean II, helmed by Martin Finnigan and crewed by John Macdonell, who had rushed from the Stramash course to make the start.

Ashore, events were in full swing, but also wind affected. As with the boat racing, there was only one finisher, in the traditional Tiree Raft race, with the crews of the other rafts forced to abandon ‘raft’ , so to speak, at the Harbour entrance, before the offshore wind threatened to blow them off to Mull. The Young Farmers’ raft arrived without paddles, confirmation of their land-lubber instincts!! The sandcastle competition was fierce, with many families putting together some amazing constructions. Some splendidly ‘engineered’ and stunning ‘art-designed‘ castles were on display. Winners were the Macintosh and Larg families respectively. The SUP race with 10 racers was a great success, ending with a 3 man–girl race off, with the Brimelow Family just nudging Helen Thompson into 3rd place. Meanwhile relieved skippers and crews, retired to the bar to reflect on one of the toughest Tiree Regattas in the last 20 years.