Lochaber Coastal Rowing Club starts to make a splash

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Lochaber Coastal Rowing club was formed in 2016 with a plan to build and row a skiff.

Now, after securing funding to buy a kit boat and with advice from teams near by and from the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, members have almost finished building the frame.

Members, based in a polytunnel at Claggan football pitch, Fort William, are now looking forward to ‘planking’ the outside and turning the boat.

Chris Webster, one of the club’s founders, explained this was a ‘milestone moment in any boat-building project’ and as the seats and insides are fitted, people will begin to see a beautiful boat and all the possibilities it holds.

The boat is being built in a shared area used by Lochaber Environmental Group, the Montrose centre and the ‘Bike Kitchen’. Despite being tucked away, the area is a hive of activity.

The club wants to encourage more people to consider getting involved.

Chris said: ‘There is something for everyone. If you want to help with the build, the kit is user friendly and produces a great boat.

‘We plan to build more boats when this one is finished and out on the water.’

No prior experience is required and everyone learns together. One club member has been on a course to learn to cox and more are planned for the future.

The skiff takes four rowers with an oar each and a cox and can be rowed in competitions or simply to enjoy a journey.

The club recently took a Weymss skiff named ‘Edith’ out for the first of many planned evening rows, with several open water swimmers joining them. Further activities will be shared on the Facebook page.

Chris continued: ‘We have lots of opportunities to get involved. It’s not only great physical activity but also good for mental health.’

For more information visit Lochaber Coastal Rowing on Facebook or visit the workshop on Wednesday evenings.



Chris Webster with the frame of the first boat being built by the club.

NO F36 Chris Webster rower