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Historic skiff to set sail from St Kilda to Skye

The 18 ft vessel will set sail from St Kilda, pictured, to Portree, Skye in the summer. Picture: TSPL

The 18 ft vessel will set sail from St Kilda, pictured, to Portree, Skye in the summer. Picture: TSPL

  • by The vessel, built in the 1890s, will be rowed from Scotland’s westermost island to Portree to benefit RNLI and Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers. The challenge will see two teams of four rowers make the arduous trip across the waters in the Outer Hebrides, which may take as long as 48 hours to complete on the 18 ft larch skiff. The 19th century boat was last used in 1913 when locals picked up a woman who had missed a boat from Portree to Glasgow. It was restored after being found in a boat shed on Skye. The attempt is expected to take place next summer.
 

A SKIFF built over 120 years ago is to set sail from St Kilda to Skye to raise moeny for charity.

The vessel, built in the 1890s, will be rowed from Scotland’s westermost island to Portree to benefit RNLI and Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers.

The challenge will see two teams of four rowers make the arduous trip across the waters in the Outer Hebrides, which may take as long as 48 hours to complete on the 18 ft larch skiff.

The 19th century boat was last used in 1913 when locals picked up a woman who had missed a boat from Portree to Glasgow. It was restored after being found in a boat shed on Skye.

The attempt is expected to take place next summer.

 

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