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Day 5 at Ullapool

posted Jul 13, 2013, 1:10 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 14, 2013, 1:35 AM ]
Friday 12th July at the inaugural World Skiffies saw the ladies preparing for their over 40's heat. With one member of their team in their forties, it meant competing in a younger category. Aiming to better their previous best of 15 mins and 3 seconds, they rowed brilliantly on another perfect Scottish day, to pull over the line in a new record of 15 and 2 seconds. The first seven in each of 2 heats made the final, and had they been in the second heat, they would easily have qualified with their new pb. With a chance to take the day off to look around the area or relax and explore Ullapool, the Australian camp all had a lovely day absorbing the beautiful place they had travelled such a long way to see. 
With a trip south to Gairloch, passing near the magnificent scenic lochs, islands, mountains, waterfalls and quaint villages, it was a wonderful reward for all those hard training hours on the Huon River. Blisters, aches and general tiredness were all forgotten as local treats and treasures were found for the communal evening meal at Arkle, 16 Market St Ullapool, temporary base for the Australian flag and team. On their return, the ladies again prepared for a new and exciting spectator event, the 250m sprint, from the wee pier to the harbour. Again, aiming to beat 100 seconds, the chaotic sprung loaded race saw the ladies almost beat a men's team, and cross the sail finishing line in 97 seconds. Cheers from the crowd, hotel patrons overlooking the water and a 3 year old Scottish boy shouting Come on Tasmania were recorded by filmmaker Wendy Brown. Team 2 in the mixed sprints did as well, if not better, bringing in a first and another good time under 100 seconds. Haggis, locally smoked salmon, farm produced pork sausages, and local mashed potato and swede was a fitting reward for great participation. Ian Outred, designer of the St Ayles Skiff that the WOW group had built in Franklin, and the reason for the world championships, was also one of the competitors.
The evening offered music and dancing in different venues throughout the town, from the marquee at the Stornoway ferry terminal to the five or more village hotels, and wound up on the beach with a bonfire sharing stories with local and international teams. Saturday marks the last competing day, with the open events, and a windup ceilidh...Scottish party.