Coastal row around Kerrera

Three skiffs and hardy crews from across Argyll set off from Ganavan to meet with Oban Coastal Rowing Club out at sea and row around Kerrera.

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Four St Ayles skiffs and 21 crew from across Argyll rowed around Kerrera on a maiden voyage covring more than 26 kilometres.

Loch Awe Coastal Rowing Club (CRC) skiffs Mingulay and Cruachan, and the newly formed upper Loch Fyne CRC with its skiff Mrs MacPhunn launched from
Ganavan sands into calm seas and a falling tide to rendezvous with Oban CRC and its  Moluag skiff off the north west point of Kerrera.

Argyll skiffs at sea
This crew from Loch Awe were Andrea Lines, Heather Craig, Andy Vost, Marlyn Turbitt and Melanie Grey.
Picnic time for the rowers on Kerrera
Martyn Webster from Upper Loch Fyne coxing Mrs MacPhunn
The Loch Awe crew rounding the tip off Kerrera

Melanie Grey from Loch Awe CRC reported on the day: ‘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.’