Tiree Maritime Trust is a registered charity based on the Isle of Tiree. It was founded in 2005 and its main aims are:
“(1) To advance education, training and pass on skills in traditional boat building and boat maintenance,
(2) To encourage the preservation of the traditional wooden working boats of Tiree and the maritime heritage that surrounds them,
(3) To encourage local interest in the maritime heritage of Tiree as a recreational activity in the interest of social welfare”
The day of the 2019 Tiree Regatta dawned overcast with light winds, however this didn’t deter a group of sailors determined to pit their skills against each other and the elements.
In the Dinghy race Tim and Ann Esson in their Foxer class dinghy beat Jonathon Marks single handing his laser with Dorinda Johnson and crew leading the way for the club Topaz fleet. Special mention should also go to Kris and Aidan Hynes competing in their first Regatta having only started sailing this year through Tiree Maritime Trusts Community Sailing Program.
In the Lug Boat race the pace and slick tacking of the Cathadh Mara skippered by Dr John Holliday and crewed by Bruce Kemp and Jack Lockhart managed to narrowly beat Tony Batchelor, Sandy McIntosh and Tim Esson in the Maritime Trust boat the Daisy to win the Traditional Lug Sail Boat class. The smaller sailed boats; Maritime Trust boat the Morag-Ann sailed by Martin Finnigan and William-Angus Maclean and the standing lug-sailed skaffie Malin sailed John Patience and Jeremy Armitage put in a creditable show in spite of being hampered by the light conditions.
The day also saw a little bit of Tiree history made with Tiree first Skiff race. With three skiff crews racing each other using only one boat the Gille-Brìghde. A time trial was set up with the teams being timed over a course parallel to the beach. Robert Trythall acted as impartial timekeeper – until he was called away to star in the last and winning crew. This was Emma the medical student in bow, Niall MacDonald, Robert Trythall and Dorinda Johnson in stroke, ably orchestrated into a team by Alasdair MacLachlan.
On the shore there was plenty to keep the crowds entertained with a very competitive paddle board race, some truly inventive sandcastles and sand art as well as tests for strength and skill in throwing wellies and creels.
The cake stall and raffle also proved very popular and helped raise much needed funds. The day concluded in the traditional prizegiving including a new trophy this year awarded to the junior sailor of the year, Eddie Maclean. This specially commissioned award was donated in memory of long time Tiree Regatta supporter Roger Jarvis.
The Tiree Regatta relies on the kind and generous support of the community, without whose help the event simply would not be able to take place. We therefore have quite a long list of people to thank:
Louise Reid, Willie MacKinnon, Rhoda Meek, Catriona Smyth, Clare Jones and David Vale without whose efforts on the day we could have run the Regatta.
Thank you too, to the business that kindly donated prizes for the raffle including Tyree Gin, Dot Simm Jewelry, Maclennan Motors, the Farmhouse Café, The Cobbled Cow and Tiree Chocolates. Thanks also to the Lodge Hotel for their generous support for the Regatta. Special thanks to the Wild Diamond Watersports crew for organizing the SUP racing and keeping the sailors safe out on the water alongside Lochlan Morris and Steph Tanner.
Finally, a big thanks to everyone competitors, spectators and volunteers who all contributed to making the 2019 Tiree Regatta such a great success.
Traditional Lug Sail Boats
1st Cathadh Mara – Doc John Holliday, Bruce Kemp and Jack Lockhart
2nd Daisy – Tony Batchelor, Sandy McIntosh and Tim Esson
3rd Morag–Ann Martin Finnigan and William-Angus Maclean
Open Lug Sail Boats
1st Malin – John Patience and Jeremy Armitage
1st Foxer Tim and Ann Esson 2nd Laser Jonathon Marks 3rd Topaz Dorinda Johnson and crew 4th Topaz Tony Batchelor and Anna 5th Topaz Kirsty MacLean, Eddie Maclean and Aidan Hynes 6th Topaz Jack Lockhart and Kris Hynes
The Song of the Sea project was a Tiree Maritime Trust project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.A group of young people worked with Jack Lockhart to research Tiree’s maritime heritage at An Iodlhann, record interviews and document events throughout the year. The young people also worked with Jamie MacDonald to write a new piece of music for the film.
The film was an opportunity for the group to learn more about their own heritage, collect stories and learn new skills in the process.