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Second Meeting, Still No Decision On Beach Hut

beach hut

Councillors have met for the second time to discuss the retrospective planning application of the Beach hut located in Balevullin and have yet to come to a decision regarding the future of the hut.

You will remember that back in November, Argyll & Bute Councillors and planning representatives held a public meeting on Tiree to discuss the issue, with no decision being made. Following on from the meeting in November, the result was to complete an Area Capacity Evaluation (ACDE) which would hopefully give a more detailed evaluation of the structure and site where it is situated. The result from the most recent meeting, held in Lochgilphead, was that Blackhouse Watersports, the client, should be given more time to study the ACDE report and the decision was put off till the next Planning Protective Service and Licensing Committee.

At the November meeting we learnt that the retrospective planning application for the second hut, located on Gott Bay had been removed and Blackhouse Watersports had agreed to remove the structure, which has since been done.

From Russia With Love For Wind, Sea and Sand

Russian surfersTwo young Russian women have been telling how they flew from their home city of Moscow to take lessons in surfing on Tiree.

The women. both in their early thirties, have been staying in the Millhouse Hostel while receiving instruction from the staff of surfing firm Wild Diamond. Anastasia Poganova and Alevtina Balushkina, left for home yesterday after spending two weeks on Tiree, but they vowed they would be back.

Said Alevtina who speaks excellent English: ”Apart from the beauty of the island the main attraction is the people who are so friendly and welcoming. ‘We both have had a wonderful time here and we plan to come back soon on our holidays again. Apart from learning to surf on different beautiful beaches we did a lot of walking. It is so safe to walk here and so pleasant to meet the local residents.”We went to the Church of Scotland and met Elspeth the lady minister and everyone was so friendly. We attended a wedding in the church and we had dinner in someone’s home after being invited. ”

Anastasia, an accountant with a big firm in Moscow, who surfed in Portugal last year, said, ”I felt that I needed more lessons to upgrade my standard and taking lessons here was ideal. Although the water in Portugal is warm compared to Tiree we were supplied with wet suits and that kept us snug and warm. We both have had a wonderful time.”

Alevtina, whose father worked in Russia’s oil industry before retiring to a cottage in the country outside Moscow, lived with her family in Siberia from the age of six until she left age 16 to go to university in England. She is now manager of a large firm based in Moscow. She said “People keep telling me about the long hard winters here on Tiree – but in Siberia winter lasts for nine months – and has sub zero temperatures”

Story and image by Ian Sharp

Windsurfers will descend on Tiree for 25th Anniversary of Tiree Wave Classic.

Tiree Wave Classic

The Tiree Wave Classic is the most prestigious and longest standing windsurfing event in the British calender, this year celebrating its 25th Anniversary and looking back over the event’s history.

The event will play host to Britain’s best riders in Pro, Amateur, Masters and Women’s fleets with a fantastic prize fund guaranteeing the top Pro £1000 and as well as many other top prizes, a newly launched Pura Vida Custom Quad to the amateur judged to deserve it most!

It will be an unmissable, adrenaline fuelled week of competition and entertainment set against the breathtaking backdrop of Tiree’s spectacular scenery. Who will pull the Scottish Broadsword from the sand?

Andy Groom who’s back on the event team and was the founder of this Wave Classic way back in 1986 said “ It will be great to have guests like Farrel O’shea, Nik Baker and Duncan Coombes among other past legends there this year. To see such a great event and the standard of sailing that we’ve hit over 25 years has been amazing, I can’t wait to enjoy this milestone”

Simmer rider Ben Proffit, the 2010 BWA Champion, said: “I absolutely love taking part in this event – for me it’s one of the highlights of the year and can deliver any conditions. The championship could be anyone’s at the moment and I’m super keen to win here and have another shot at the title”

Organisers Pura Vida Boardriders are honoured to be involved with the Tiree Wave Classic and promise to deliver an outstanding event for this special 25th year. Jim Brooks-Dowsett, Event organiser said: “Tiree is one of those stunning locations you really have to visit at least once, and the waves can be awesome! Since the competition was founded by Andy Groom 25 years ago it’s always been the one to watch and read about in the magazines, and with the return of a few past legends this year will be a week to remember, stoked to be involved!”

Paul Bush OBE, Chief Operating Officer at EventScotland, the national events agency said: “ We are delighted to be supporting the Tiree Wave Classic for the eighth year as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. It is great to see the increasing attraction of Tiree as a water sports’ destination as it has certainly proven over the years to be a perfect stage for this event.”

The Tiree Wave Classic will take place from 8th – 15th October 2011, more info can be found at www.tireewaveclassic.co.uk, all enquiries: shop@puravidaboardriders.co.uk