The Shieldaig Regatta was revived in 2015 following an increase in popularity for skiff rowing in Scotland’s coastal communities, and the event has continued from strength-to-strength in the years since.
This year, 10 clubs will travel to Shieldaig to compete including:
Local host club Shieldaig and Loch Torridon, will also be entering the regatta, following a year of hard work and development by the committee and members.
Coastal Rowing is now a major event at the annual Shieldaig Fete, attracting coastal rowing clubs from around Scotland to compete on the 1.75km race course, which circumnavigates Shieldaig Island. The event is comprised of five categories - Men and Women’s Decades, Mixed Gender Open and Men and Women’s Open – with the overall winner, decided by cumulative points, receiving the Liz Pritchard Memorial Trophy, and a side of smoked salmon, provided by SSC.
With over 60 sites around the West Coast of Scotland including Loch Torridon, sponsorship of the Regatta is an opportunity for SSC to celebrate and support this tradition with the local community.
Craig Anderson, Chief Executive of The Scottish Salmon Company, said: “We are proud to sponsor the Shieldaig Regatta for the fourth year; it is a fantastic community event that promotes health and wellbeing, something that The Scottish Salmon Company is very passionate about.
“It has been heartening to see this community event grow each year, having only been recently resurrected and this is down to the dedication and enthusiasm of the committee, volunteers and participants. We wish the rowers the best of luck on Saturday.”
Lisa O’Brien, Chair of the Shieldaig and Loch Torridon Rowing Club, added: “We are really looking forward to welcoming the other clubs to the Shieldaig Regatta. Over the past twelve months, our club has continued to grow, and we are very excited to be entering the regatta following a year of serious training and dedication from our rowers.
“The three previous regattas at Shieldaig have seen three different clubs taking home the victory each time – Coigach Coastal Rowing Club (2015), Ullapool Coastal Rowing Club (2016) and last year, Avoch Community Rowing Club – and we are looking forward to what I’m sure will be close competition on Saturday. Good luck to everyone!”
The Shieldaig Fete and Rowing Regatta is a staple in the community calendar each year, hosting locals and visitors for a day filled with live music, Scottish cuisine, events and culminating in the famous open-air ceilidh on the shore.