First night row for St Kilda crew

On Friday of last week the ‘Aurora’ and her crew set off from Portree harbour for a night-time row as part of their preparations for their 100-mile trip from St Kilda back to Skye.

The boat is pictured heading north to Brothers Point, then east to circumnavigate Rona, and south back to Portree — finishing almost 12 hours later.  As the crew enter the last phase of training before they set of on their epic journey they are now confident their 120-year-old boat is set up right to undertake the passage.

Team leader Donnie Nicolson said: “The overnight row has given us more experience of night rowing, as well as giving us the chance to practise the routines that have to be in place to make sure everything goes to plan.”

Next weekend the intrepid team will take on a 70-mile row which will see them go around the south end of Raasay, north to Gairloch, then west to the island of Trodday at the north end of Skye before arriving back in Portree some 30-plus hours later.

“If we can pull that row off, incident-free, we’ll be ready to go,” Donnie added.
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