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WOW gets the Royal Treatment

posted Jul 11, 2013, 4:07 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 11, 2013, 4:08 PM ]
First reports from Jane Johnson (and pics from Wendy Brown) at the Ullapool (Scotland) St Ayles Skiff Championships. 

Day 1  

"The place is beautiful,yesterday was the opening day and Marguerite was interviewed by BBC and ITV so will watch tonight. Everyone so friendly and helpful. Today is the long race and we have a male team going against blizzard winds to Ardmair and our crew is returning...will let you know how that goes. Yesterday perfect weather and met Princess Anne who spoke with genuine interest and enthusiasm - we did an oar salute...got to go ,Jane"

Day 2

"Hi again....Yesterday's 4mile race to Ardmair was cancelled halfway due to fog! just like the Huon Valley fog! A male crew from Plockton took our borrowed boat,the Boatie Blest, borrowed from Portosoy near Edinburgh, on the outgoing voyage to Ardmair...as it got out to sea, hitting the strong winds,the race was called off. Fog lifted a few hours later...we had picnic overlooking the harbour at Ullapool and then had our second training run....tough conditions after you pull out of the safety of the harbour and cross the Loch! The trimmings of the skiffs are all different...designs have been improved with each boat built,so have taken photos! ours is the tenth to be built. The whole St Ayles skiff phenomena has resulted in a resurgence in rowing and community spirit. New Zealand pulled out so all are impressed we made the long voyage, very supportive and helpful. Our support crew Shane,Martin,Wendy,Deb and Lou....Sister of Marguerite have been great...menus each day are incredible,sampling local produce. Today is the big start ...even though late nights for the Australian team sampling ciders and local entertainment may make it tricky to get started! Marg and Di row with Patsy and Pam from Portobello in the over 60's....Jane"

Pics from Wendy Brown