Monday, 18 July 2016

Many thanks

Many thanks to all those who made Sail Stornoway happen this year. Special thanks to all our supporters and sponsers, without whom the event would not take please.

Friday, 15 July 2016

Oh dear

Tomorrow's Coronation Cup is ABANDONED due to an adverse forecast.
Commenting on the decision, Race Officer Toby Marshall said, "I know this decision will disappoint a number of crews who would like to give it a go, but balancing their enthusiasm against increased risk of damage to boats or (heaven forbid) injury to personnel, as Principal Race Officer I would prefer to err on the side of caution."
The Race Officer intends to review the situation in the morning, in case the forecast eases overnight, and will update this page if there is a hope of running it.

Wednesday, 13 July 2016


Well, the dinghy sailing is happening again today @ 10am and 2pm.

But don't forget the Parade of Sail and other boats in the harbour. On the water at 4pm. If you have a boat, be there!

Friday, 8 July 2016

Next week

There's a big sailboat in Stornoway today as the cruise ships come and go at our lovely port. If you want to start your sailing experience, why not book onto Sail Stornoway's dinghy sail training. Running everyday tues-fri next week from 10-12 & 2-4pm at Cuddy Point for £10 a session. as long as you are least 10 years old you can sign on. angelajenkins34 [at]

Don't forget The Parade of boats at 4pm on the water - Wednesday next week. All welcome for a tootle round the outer harbour in the sunshine that's bound to be shining. 

On Thursday is happening down at Loch Erisort. Do sail down and join in. Sailing and rowing. 

Friday sailing Sgoths and rowing in the inner harbour 11-4pm. Open to all just go to the blue van on the harbourside by the pontoons and sign up.

Saturday is the Cornnation Cup day. All boats that would like to take part MUST attend a briefing at 10am - Bridge Centre Cafe and MUST have completed an entry form before the day of the race. Entry forms to be made available soon. Persons who would like to crew, please attend the Bridge Centre Cafe at 10am

Coronation Cup commences on the water 11am.
There will be both a long and short course, the latter within the outer harbour, the former a triangler course of about 10 miles depending on the weather.

There will also be a Ceilidh at Shawbost Old School @ 8pm on Sat. Entry by donation.

Further info will be posted as avaiable.

Friday, 1 July 2016


Very pleased to have the support of Vega Fine Art again this year giving one of their lovely prints as a fine prize for the sailing. Many thanks indeed.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Stornoway Subsea

We are pleased to say that Stornoway Subsea Ltd are offering 1kg of hand-dived scallop meat as one of our prizes for the Sail Stornoway events.

Many thanks for that Mr Subsea. A fine prize for boating events.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Gael Force Marine

Thank goodness, the weather has not been Gale Force as of late. In fact we have had some wonderful sailing weather that tempted sailors out.

But we are pleased to announce that Gael Force Marine will be supporting Sail Stornoway again. Gael Force Marine for all those marine bits and bobs you need and didn't know you needed till you saw it.

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Ere we go then

Ere's a little bit more detail of the Festival.

Tues 12- Fri 15th Dinghy sailing tuition - Cuddy Point [please keep vehicles off the grass] contact angelajenkins34 [at]

Wed 13th Parade of Boats. off out at 4pm.
Wed 13th Ceilidh at Sea Angling Club. Tickets on the door

Thurs 14th Sail and Row. To a destination decided depending on weather conditions. Bring your own picnic. Briefing 9.30am

Fri 15th. Come and try rowing and lug sailing. Marina - all day from 11am.

Sat 16th Coronation Cup sailing and Lugsail challenge. Briefing 9.30am. Start circa 10am.

Weather is looking good too. At the moment :-)

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Digby Chick

Another local business is helping out the Sail Stornoway prize list with the very wonderful restaurant Digby Chick kindly supporting us again this year.

A fantastic place to eat, meet your friends and admire the art on the walls,

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

An Lanntair

We are pleased to have An Lanntair of Stornoway as a supporter for 2016.
Wonderful cafe, cinema, theatre and more. A vibrant venue at all times of the day.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016


Ok, so far the programme for the Festival here looks like this: tbc

13th July: Parade of boats- Stornoway Harbour. Ceilidh in the evening Stornoway

14th July: Sail and row event - Loch Erisort

15th July: Lug Sailing challenge come and try rowing Stornoway

16th July: Coronation Cup sailing - Stornoway, Skiff race on West Side.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Good week

Yes, sunny weather arrived fora few days and boats were out and about a plenty enjoying the good conditions

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Fisherman's Co-op Ltd

We are pleased to announce that the Stornoway Fisherman's Co-op are generously supporting the Sail Stornoway Festival again in 2016.

If it's anything slightly sea-borne that you want, the Fishermans Co-op on King Edwards Wharf is the place to go. Hats, coats, waterproofs, boots, pain, bobbins and submarines are all available. Although I do believe the submarines are of stock at the moment. Sorry and all that. Go along and look at their extensive stock anyway.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Sgoth "Jubilee"

The sun was shining and despite the chill wind a gang were out doing what needs to be done on Sgoth Jubilee. She'll be ready for the lug sail challenge in the Sail Stornoway Festival

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Skiffs, Sgoths and Schooners

There's boats getting ready for the season and particularly the Sail Stornoway Festival all round the place. Newly repainted Skiffs in the boat-shed. A Sgoth there too along with another [Jubilee] on the harbourside awaiting a coat of paint stuff. There are more in the marina too. Sgoth mad here I can tell you. There'll be a chance to have a sail in one at the Sail Stornoway Festival in July.

And schooners. Ok, so this below isn't a schooner but yacht hasn't the alliteration possibility of schooner. But I'm sure you get the idea. With lift in day not too far away, peeps are out playing with their bottoms to make them ready for the water.
Does that make sense?

Put the Sail Stornoway Festival July 13 - 17 in your diary for 2016.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

July 13th Ceilidh

After the Parade of Boats in the outer harbour comes the Ceilidh in D'Anglers or as most know it, the Sea Angling Club. Run by Falmadair, it's a chance to catch up with old friends, have a wee drinkie and listen to some - yet to be confirmed - music.

Falmadair is heavily involved in the restoration and sailing of the old traditional boats of the Outer Hebrides. They maintain and sail the lovely Jubilee, Broadbay and an Sulaire sgoths.

You might be even thinking about tactics for the Coronation Cup later in the week. Either way, it'll be a fine evening.
Times and costs to be confirmed.

There's a lovely report from the 1902 Coronation Cup you might like to read here.

Parade of boats - July 13th

To start the week of festivities at Sail Stornoway this year there will be a Parade of Boats. Yes, boats not just sail - rowing boats too. If you are here on July 13th then get out in your boat and enjoy the pleasure of being on the water with others.

Bound to be sunshine again so you can show off your boat, admire others' boats and generally have a fine old time.

Times of the Parade will be available closer to the event.

Monday, 14 March 2016

It's coming together

The dates for this years Festival are the 12th - 16th of July, during the same week as the popular Heb Celt Fest so you can visit both on the same visit for a fine few days on our lovely island. You'll be pleased to hear the sun has been shining today and the air warm with just the merest of breezes so it is sure to be a good year weather wise. Hopefully.

The Dinghy Tuition for youngsters will be happening again utilising the fine tuition of Mr Tim Pickering. If you would like more details, please contact Angela by email for more details. Early booking is advised as it is very popular.

We will be bringing you more details of the range of events  over the following weeks. Suffice to say it will be brill; Sgoth sailing, Rowing and sailing events not forgetting the social side.

Toodledoo for now.