Page through a wonderful – and wonderfully romantic – set of Victorian era paintings of mainly fishing boats using the little arrows on the left and right of each frame.
This summer a group of locals rowed 100 miles from Village Bay St Kilda to Portree on the Isle of Skye in an open rowing boat bulit around 1890, and raised funds for the RNLI and Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers along the way.
The next mission for Row St Kilda to Skye is to reintroduce skiff racing back to the Isle of Skye Highland Games – their boat Aurora was originally built to race in the games’ regatta, so next August the aim is to have her racing once again.
Veteran campaigner on water issues and indefatigable sailor and rower Giacomo di Stefano some days ago completed a circumnavigation of Mallorca in a traditional llaut – without the use of an engine.
In the heat, I think the 187-mile trip was hard going at times, particularly the last rowed leg.
There’s an article about the llaut type here.