Twenty one hardy coastal rowers aboard four St Ayle’s skiffs from Argyll rowed around Kerrera on a maiden voyage which exceeded 26 km. Loch Awe CRC skiffs Mingulay and Cruachan and the newly formed upper Loch Fyne CRC with Mrs MacPhunn launched from Ganavan sands and onto calm seas and a falling tide to rendez vous with Oban CRC and St Moluag off the north west point of Kerrera. Two white hulled skiffs, a blue hulled skiff with a yellow band and a black hulled 22ft skiff were a beautiful vision against the backdrop of Mull, Lismore and Ardnamurchan with the Oban sailing club, Calmac’s ferries and a melange of kayaks and paddleboarders as water companions. Just around lunchtime the four skiffs rowed round the north point and out of sight down the rugged west side of Kerrera to be joined by an inquisitive pod of porpoises.
Two of the loch Awe coastal rowers were former Kerrera residents which made it a particularly special voyage for them and there was no shortage of boat banter from the four boats all the way round and during pit stops at Barnamboc Bay and just south of Gallanach.
A particular award for adventurous spirit had to go to the crew of Mrs MacPhunn, four of whom were octogenarians and who completed the circumnavigation of Kerrera in robust spirit. Scottish Coastal rowing does more than connecting people in communities – it kindles a passion for the sea and holds no barriers to entry.
– Melanie Grey, Loch Awe CRC