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Tiree SWI Steal the Show

The Mull and Tiree Federation Scottish Women’s Institute met on Wednesday the 6th of June for their annual show at An Talla, Crossapol.

The Tiree Federation SWI meet monthly, offering those involved a chance to form friendships while getting involved in a wide range of fun activities and events such as talks and demonstrations that cover an extensive span of subjects including art, cooking, travelling, aerobics, computing, wildlife, and much more.

It’s through these meetings that thirteen participants from Mull’s four Institutes, which include Fionnphort, Salen, Tobermory and Torosay, travelled over to Tiree to compete with the local SWI ladies in several classes of individual competitions, ranging from the beautiful flower arrangements, colourful cushion covers, mouth-watering baking, creative card making – all the way to the quirky and imaginative entries of the children’s class.

With An Talla set up the evening before, the participants spent Wednesday morning setting out the displays with their entries that had been worked on as long as a year prior to the show, while other perishable items such as the food and the flowers had to be prepared on the very morning of the competition.

The community competition, which involved creating a display with no more than five topics, taxed everyone’s imaginations with the chosen theme of “Island Living”, but the ladies of Tiree came out on top with their ensemble which combined elements that represented music, fishing, crofting, travel and crafts, winning not only the community competition category, but holding the most points in all the competitive classes.

A beautiful meal was prepared and provided by Josie Brown, Fiona Munn and Rona Campbell, for both the local ladies and the visiting institutes in the small hall of An Talla, starting the night off in high spirits and a really good, friendly atmosphere between the groups. The public were invited to the main hall in the evening to see the countless hours of hard work and preparation that each lady had contributed to the event, before the prize giving ceremony commenced.

Congratulations to all the participants for their hard work and well earned awards!

Tiree triumph over Tobermory

On Saturday 13th June a small fast craft brought 12 members of Tobermory Golf Club to take part in the annual golf matches against Vaul Golf Club.

The weather was fair and dry if a little windy and the north breeze kept it a bit cool. However, after a welcome breakfast of bacon and sausage rolls, things hotted up on the course with the Western Approaches individual competition getting underway at 11am. This competition consisted of 5 ladies and 21 men all setting off from a shotgun start.

The golf was great and the cup winner, Donald Brown from Tobermory came in with 42 points. Second was John Tyrer with 40 points and third with 39 points was Jessie Gray on a count back.

A beautiful lunch was supplied and served by the ladies and wives of the Tiree golfers and there was much to talk about as new and old acquaintances were made. The next rendezvous was Scarinish Hotel at 7pm for a pre-dinner drink in the Upper Deck followed by a fantastic three course dinner which was delicious. A Raffle was held in aid of Club funds and again prizes were donated by local golfers and friends.

On Sunday the big one, The Cadden Cup, is a team event and the four ladies got the match underway at 10am. They were followed by the twenty men in groups of four and it is a friendly but very competitive competition which was started many years ago by Gilbert Cadden and friends. Out on the course you are concentrating very hard on winning each hole in your own match but at the same time trying to gauge how the other matches are going. One of the men’s matches finished first, walking in from the fifth, and we were pretty sure Tiree had won that one. The Tiree ladies won on the 18th green so 2 up to Tiree in the Clubhouse. Tiree needed 3.5 to win and Tobermory would retain the Cup with a 3 – 3 draw. As each match came in the tension rose until we finally knew that Tiree had 3.5 points and the Cup was ours again. Group photos were taken by the Golf Club stone and the Tiree players’ smiles say it all.

It was then off to the Lodge Hotel for a late lunch where we had more tasty food and a pleasant social finish to the weekend. The Tobermory players left on the little boat at 7.30pm with a great send off from their Tiree counterparts and friends. I think we all agree that, as important as the golf is on this annual occasion, the socialising with friends old and new is equally, if not more important and thoroughly enjoyable.

Congratulations and thanks must go to Donald MacKinnon for getting all the greens newly fenced in time, to Neil Connor for the lovely greens that we putted on and to all the helpers who gave of their time to make the course and the clubhouse look so smart and beautiful and the flag flying proudly. One Tobermory golfer, Graham Davidson, has played for 32 consecutive years and perhaps that is a record but as Graham said, ‘If I played darts I would not have had this wonderful experience and made so many long term friends’.

Gilbert, your idea of this competition was a brainwave and long may the event continue. It will be in Tobermory next year which is a major challenge for Tiree golfers who are used to a flat course but we will go with every intention of trying our best to bring both Cups back to Tiree.

2014 Fringe Schools Poster Competition

erin_shortlist_posterIn an amazing achievement, Erin has been shortlisted from 3,400 participants to exhibit her work at Edinburgh’s ‘Museum of Childhood’ on the Royal Mile from 23 May until 25 August – make it a date if you can.

Further details can be found online at: https://www.edfringe.com/about-us/poster from 22 May.

The Fringe Schools Poster Competition is one of the longest-running arts outreach projects in Scotland. It was launched in 1980 and since then over 100,000 young people aged from 5 – 16 across Scotland have put their artistic and creative talents to the test to create a poster that reflects what the Fringe means.

Each year, the shortlisted posters are displayed in a special exhibition in Edinburgh throughout the summer. The winning design becomes the official poster for that year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe and is used for a range of merchandise, from postcards and magnets to mugs and t-shirts.

Shona Johnston the Art Teacher said, I really enjoy offering this competition to pupils as it is a particularly ideal Curriculum for Excellence project covering all bases. The competition is a valuable teaching aid and experience for all of our pupils from 5 – 16. The pupils love it – a real design brief with excellent resources available and the incentive to win money. It is a project I always look forward to working on.

Thank you and well done to all who took part. Erin, take a bow!

A Profile Of Tiree’s Kitesurfing Champion

Helen_kitesurfIt was with great pleasure that I heard it was our own local resident Helen Thompson who was the BKSA Womens Champion 2013. My kite surfing friends had spoken highly of her and were impressed by her use of a strapless board and her apparent natural affinity with the ocean.

Helen winning the championship was a source of pride to us all. Aged 27 years, Helen IS originally from Killearn near Glasgow, but has lived on Tiree for 11 years. Visiting Tiree with her family in 1993, Helen learnt with a friend to windsurf on Loch Bhasapol – the place to go on Tiree if interested in this increasingly popular sport. Going on to learn surfing and kite buggying, Helen eventually had her first kite surfing experience in 2003 and that is where her interest has stayed.

Although Helen has not competed for four years, she is no stranger to competition and winning. She was British Amateur Champion in 2006, British Overall Kite surfing champion in 2008, British Wave Masters Champion in 2009 as well as South African National Cable Wakeboard Champion in 2009.

Helen a cheerful, friendly lass, started her own Tiree kite surfing academy in 2010 and gets a real buzz teaching a wide range of age groups, a skill that makes being in the water much more fun. Catching up with Helen at Crossapol beach after the weekend celebrations I asked her what the competition had been like for her.

“Well the weather conditions were amazing. Absolutely fantastic. We completed the competition a day early with three full rounds of all categories. We had cross off from two different tacks over the week and decent 20+knots. Tiree really lived up to its reputation as a world class venue. Elsewhere you can wait for days for the right weather conditions to occur. My favourite kiting beach is Crossapol; off shore, cross shore, its brilliant with waves in all directions, and although I have travelled extensively I would probably say that Tiree is my favourite place to kite surf as I haven’t been anywhere in the world that offers as many options in different conditions.

I had the best week I have ever had on Tiree and as I haven’t competed for 4 years it was great to see all the familiar faces again and I realised I really love competing. The camaraderie is great and we all get on. Of course we take the competition seriously as we all want to win, but even during the competition we are always chatting, exchanging thoughts on kit selection and analysing the weather conditions. Usually it’s the conditions you have to battle against not the competitor in your heat. You just have to go out and do your absolute best.”

As Helen and I sat on Crossapol beach drinking our hot chocolate I asked her what winning meant for her and if anyone inspired her. “Winning is a great feeling, it’s the clarification that my hard work training has paid off. I’ve been out on the strapless board in all conditions this year; on flat days, on massive days trying to dial in my feet and it has paid off. And as for inspiration, well other successful kite surfers inspire me, at the moment my Slingshot team mate Patrick Rebstock is a great inspiration.” As I prepare to leave Helen checking out the waves and the wind direction, I suddenly remember what advice would I want if I was contemplating taking up kite surfing. Helen smiles. “Well I would say to you the same as I tell my students; training, practice, keeping fit and trying to avoid injury, and fun, it’s fantastic fun and not just for the young.”

Thanking our new British Kite surfing champion for her time, I depart thinking of Alastair Mathieson (The Green). A keen kite surfer now in his early 70’s, Alastair is living proof that adrenalin sports aren’t just for the young and you’re never too old to have fun and keep fit at the same time.


A.J Sutherland

Tiree Association Annual Sports

tugofwarThe sun shone and the crowds gathered signalling the start of the Annual Tiree Association Sports Day.

We were very lucky with the weather this year and sunscreen was a must! Curam kindly provided tea and sandwiches and raised £396 including donations. We were also entertained by the Tiree Pipe Band and am sure the skirl of the bagpipes inspired our competitors during the day.

Roraigh Hughes impressed on the bagpipes and won the piping competition. The Junior Girls Medal was won by Morag McEwan and the Junior Boys Medal was won for the 2nd year running by Murray Webster. Murray also won the J M MacKechnie Cup for most points in the Junior Section.

In the adults section, the Burnett family from Linlithgow had a great day with Katherine Burnett winning the Ladies Challenge Cup and her husband Richard Burnett triumphing in the Mens Track & Field events by winning the Kennedy Cup. The men’s heavy events were also very well supported and very competitive. Ewan Brown won a hotly contested Caber with Gavin Omand winning the Hammer and Iain Hamilton winning the Shot. Iain Hamilton won the McLaine Cameron Cup for most points in the Heavy Events and Richard Burnett won the Straker Cup for most points in the Mens Section.

Perhaps the highlight of the day for the crowd was the traditional Residents vs Non Residents Tug o War which was won by the Non Resident Men and the Resident Ladies. As is traditional, the winning Ladies team challenged the Men’s team and triumphed with Mairi Anne Munn captaining the winning Ladies’ team.

Once again we are very grateful to Mairi Campbell for the use of the Corrairigh hammer, which has now been thrown at the Tiree Association sport for many years and to Tiree High School for the use of the School Pitches and to Tommy Monaghan for all his assistance during the day.

BKSA Wavemasters – 16th To 21st September 2013 – A First For Tiree

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABritish Kitesports is the National Governing Body for the sport of Kitesurfing and is bringing the Wavemasters 2013 to the Isle of Tiree for the very first time.

The competition, now in its 8th year, has come to Scotland mainland however has never come to Tiree.

Kitesurfers use surfboards and kites to ride the waves and score points to advance in the competition in a knock out format. The kites are water re-launchable and if they go down in the surf will pop into the air again. Riders try and get the longest and biggest waves to score highly in their 7 minute heats.

We are excited to come to the Isle of Tiree and sample the wind and waves it has to offer to make the week a memorable one – top riders from across the UK will be coming. Defending their titles are Scots George Noble from Fraseburgh and Kierra Alwood ( now residing in Norwich).

The competition starts on the Tuesday and runs through to Saturday at various beaches on the island depending on the wind direction.

Tiree’s Scottish Champion

will running

Not many of us would want to even think about it let alone actually do it, and on hearing about it we may think a degree of insanity was required, but there’s no doubt that for someone to not only take part but to win requires dedication and stamina.

On Saturday 11 September Will Wright swam 1.9 km in Loch Linnie’s icy waters, Mountain biked along a 90 km route and ran up and back down Ben Nevis – a distance of 21 km.

Competing against many other intrepid souls he improved on his placing of 9th in last year’s event and finished first making him the Off Road Triathlon Scottish Champion of 2010.

Congratulations Will from all of us armchair athletes who can only manage such activities whilst dreaming.

Tiree Regatta 2010 Review

Tiree regatta 2010

The morning of Sat 7th Aug, Regatta Day, was no different from most days this summer;
damp, grey and windy. Not very promising, but by noon, the skies had cleared with the wind easing back to a brisk northerly, giving Regatta Day glorious conditions for both sailing and shore events.

The start line was impressive with 13 boats jostling for position, the most Tiree Regatta has had for some years. The boats included the Tiree renovated lugs, Daisy and Morag Anne, and a stunning 26 ft gaff ketch Freya, which had sailed in from Iona the previous evening. Even more impressive was the actual start, with most of the boats making a perfect start. To the non sailors on the shore it was obvious that a very competitive race had begun.

At the 1st mark, a gybe, there was some very aggressive tactical sailing with Angus Maclean’s Catadh Mara taking the perfect inside line forcing Magnus Laird’s Soa to the outside. Spark, the catamaran, was revelling in the brisk conditions, and notwithstanding having to make an additional round of the course, won the Concise Cup.

Tiree regatta Lug boats

The Lugs battled it out with Morag Anne taking the Skippinish Cup just nudging the “all-lady” crewed Passing Cloud on the line. Regrettably 2 of the lugs were forced to retire with jammed rudders which had been caught in creel lines.

Shore-side, Anna Macdonald and Christine Macarthur were having a marathon pillow fight contest. The referee had to call a time-out for everyone, including spectators, to get their breath back, after which Anna and Christine slugged it out to an epic conclusion.

For the Raft Race, the Airport Fire team entered the most radical raft design Tiree had seen for many a day. It was a light alloy monocoque hull with asymmetric outriggers. Alas the conditions on the day did not favour such advanced technology, as on the mark, the raft’s windage caused a capsize, upending the crew, who then had to battle to prevent their raft sailing off, unmanned, to Mull.

The Regatta drew to a close with the traditional Trawler race being fought out in its unique colourful way, viewed closely by many visitors, and Tirisdich, from Skippinish Tour’s Rib, on a high speed cruise around the bay in the warm afternoon sun.

For full results see www.tireeregatta.org.uk

Tiree 5-a-side Tournament


Recently the annual 5 aside tournament was held at the reef pitches, luckily the sun shone and brought along a happy crowd of spectators.

Given the early start due to the number of events that weekend there was a good turnout of teams including a couple of junior teams and seven senior teams that played against each other with a mixture of fun, laughter and jolly spirits carried on from the previous night’s festival.

The two teams fighting for the coveted winners’ trophy provided a thrilling final – one of the goalies spilled the ball gifting a goal to the opposing team, then at the other end a goal was created due to the lack of height of the goalie to make it one a piece. By the second half both teams were feeling the effects of the gruelling weekend and it looked like extra time was looming until a speculative shot from Findo screamed into the back of the net. 2 -1 with time running out it looked like it was all over but a sudden surge and scramble of bodies into the box at the other end and somehow the ball was in the back of the net. With the score even and in keeping with the state of the players’ stamina the majority decision was to go straight to penalties. These were mostly best forgotten but in the end On Death’s Door just edged.


The junior winning team were the Crazy Cousins, the best young player award went to a very talented visiting lad who out shone most of the adults. Steven Cameron was best senior player with Donald Roddy Mackay picking up highest goal scorer for the second year in a row. Niall MacKinnon, Hillcrest was awarded the most entertaining player of the day as he enthralled the crowds with his antics! On Death’s Door picked up the Winners Trophy.

A big thank you has to go to Neil Connor and Bino who stepped in as referees for the day with out which no match could have been played.

Here’s hoping next year’s tournament turns out just as exciting.

Team 15 Success


The Tiree Team 15 Junior Racing Event was a great success at Loch Bhasapol on Wednesday 14th. 17 rounds of racing were completed with the junior racers prior to finally announcing the winners of the event.

A big thank you to everyone who came along on the day and contributed in some shape or form.
Additionally a special thanks to George Shillito and Chris Murray from Tushingham/Starboard who were kind enough to come along with demo equipment from their sponsors.

The boys also got in the water and completed the final race of the day with the kids prior to teaching the children how to perform some pretty sporty freestyle moves!

Overall the day turned out to be a great success, even with the light winds that we had over the course of the day. This is an event which we hope to grow for next year to involve more young windsurfers in racing and give them the opportunity to interact with the top stars in the sport. Watch this space for 2010!

-Wild Diamond

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