Isle of Mull Coastal Rowing is part of Mull’s long established Western Isles Yacht Club. We have two skiffs, Eala Bhan (White Swan) and Sine Bhan (Fair Jean), available to members of the club and more broadly to encourage members of the community to take up recreational and competitive rowing.
The boats were built in Dervaig over winter months by members of the Western Isles Yacht Club. The cost of materials was covered by donations, mostly from private individuals on Mull and further afield.
Who can use the boats
All club members are free to use the skiffs at any time, though clearly it is important that the person in charge – the cox – is sufficiently experienced. A full team is four rowers and a cox. Both boats are on road trailers which double as launching trailers and it is easy for a team to launch and recover the boats as long you can get the trailer to the water’s edge (without immersing the wheel bearings!)
People of all ages can row. We have a good youth team (14 and 15 year olds) and a number of rowers well into their 60s with all stops in between. You don’t need to be super fit either, though rowing is a great way to get a bit of exercise at any level.
How to join
Beginners are most welcome, and there is no charge for the first few sessions. After that, if you wish to continue using the boats you have to join the Western Isles Yacht Club. Individual membership is £25 per annum, £15 for under 18s and £55 for families. The membership subscriptions are used to cover the boat and club insurance and contribute to routine maintenance. Click here to open our online membership form.
Where we row
Mull is a fantastic place to row. Depending on the wind strength and direction there is almost always somewhere sufficiently sheltered. Much of our rowing is in Tobermory Bay, and one of the boats spends a lot of its time at Croig and Calgary.
One of the attractions of coastal rowing is its accessibility to all ages and all standards of rowers. It can be very competitive but it is can also be a relaxed and exciting way to explore Mull’s magnificent coastline. So, in addition to race training, we also embark on longer rows, sometimes with a picnic.
Favourite trips include around Calve Island, Ulva Ferry around to Eilean Righ and Cragaig Bay, across the Sound of Mull to Drimnin or to Loch na Droma Bhuide, over to Kilchoan on Ardnamurchan, off the beach at Calgary and out to Treshnish point, or even round Caillach to Croig.
We also take part in regattas and have travelled to Seil, Luing, and Ullapool. And we brought competitive rowing back to Mull when we organised our first home regatta at Tobermory in 2014, followed by a second in September 2015. We now plan to hold a regatta every 2 years, with alternative events held in between. In 2016 our big event was the Row Round Mull. See the News page for more details.