Golspie to Portmahomack – Section 7 | Day 8

Many of the visiting clubs would have had members stay overnight in local B&B’s and the camping facilities that we were providing. Our regatta was only for the Saturday so we had, as part of the RowAround, intended to have a mass row on the Sunday to include as many clubs, boats and crews as possible rowing from Golspie across the Dornoch Firth to the only west facing, east coast village of Portmahomack. In 2018, Golspie accompanied by Helmsdale did this trip. It was a row of around ten miles and was thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part.

As we row across the outer Dornoch Firth, and look back over our rear starboard quarter, we can see in the distance the Dornoch Bridge, beyond which is a stretch of tidal and river waters which can be navigated with care up through the Kyles of Sutherland. As a side expedition to the actual RowAround outwith section 7 dates, there were plans to have a group row up this stretch of water as far as Rosehall at Inverclassy where we would stop for the night and no doubt had an entertaining evening. We still intend to do this at some stage and, like everything else, will now be in 2021.

Today the skiff invasion fleet was to be welcomed into Portmahomack by their local samba dance band and an afternoon beach party was planned.

A number of members from the Golspie and Helmsdale clubs have decided that over this regatta weekend, in the spirit of the RowAround and maintaining social distancing, to cycle in a relay, 300 miles from Kinlochbervie to Portmahomack.

In the late afternoon, we would be man-towing a skiff from Portmahomack over to the Seaboard Villages of Shandwick, Hilton and Balintore. There has been some talk among keen members of these coastal fishing villages communities of building a skiff and it was hoped that the presence of a fleet of skiffs and crews would have encouraged them to join our skiffie community; hopefully they still will.


The Wind Witch | told by RowAround’s storyteller, Jan Bee Brown

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