The Isle of Seil, host last weekend to the first coastal rowing regatta in mainland Argyll waters, saw three community-built St Ayles skiffs compete, one from Seil itself – Selkie, one from Mid Argyll – Uisge and one adventurer from the east coast, from Portobello – Ice Breaker.
The two boats around on the second day, Sunday 2nd June, Selkie and Ice Breaker flew the flag for coastal rowing, in idyllic conditions, by taking to the Cuan Sound, on past the Tigh-an-Truish Inn and under the legendary Bridge over the Atlantic, across the road from the Inn.
The competition had been the day before. The greater experience of the Portobello crew may have been telling but the Seil crew will have taken encouragement from the speed with which they were starting to haul in the opposition.
A ceilidh in Seil Hall on the Saturday night heard Neil and Laura Kennedy and the voices of Seil Sound.
The event could be said to have been an ice breaker for coastal rowing in Argyll – with more to come in the future from skiffing communities in this cracking team sport.