Stornoway rowers get new safety equipment from wind farm charity

Point and Sandwick Trust board member Jane Watson being fitted with one of the new lifejackets by Stornoway Rowing Club chair Rose Bugler. Photograph: Katie Laing

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Stornoway Rowing Club has received a generous donation of new Spinlock lifejackets from the Point and Sandwick Trust.

Representatives from the community wind farm charity presented the lifejackets to the club on Boxing Day then joined them for their traditional post-Christmas row.

The safety equipment was in a variety of sizes to make the sport accessible to everyone, something the chairwoman of the club, Rose Bugler, said is what they want to do in the future.

She commented: ‘It’s fantastic because it means that whatever the club decides to do in the future, in terms of challenges, the equipment is up to it. It’s good quality gear.’

It means that people of all ages and different shapes and sizes can try out rowing in the Hebrides, something that is becoming more popular.

Point and Sandwick Trust joining Stornoway Rowing Club on their Boxing Day row out of Stornoway harbour. Photograph: Katie Laing

The sport is growing on the islands with five clubs rowing out of Stornoway and those who do it frequently describe it as being a ‘close community’ and because the skiffs are portable, it’s a good way to see parts of the island that you wouldn’t otherwise.

Donald John MacSween, general manager of Point and Sandwick Trust, was happy to support the club.

He said: ‘Making an outdoor activity, such as rowing, accessible and safe for all age groups is something that PST wishes to encourage and support. Outdoor activities need not be limited to the summer months and there is plenty of opportunity, even in the winter, to enjoy some rowing.

‘Stornoway Rowing Club are active throughout the year as long as it is safe and enjoyable and you don’t have to be a super fit athlete to take part.’

Stornoway Rowing Club is hoping to organise a regatta in Lewis for May 30, 2020.