Row St Kilda to Skye charity challenge set to launch this Friday

After two years of preparation and training, eight novice rowers will make the 100-mile journey from St Kilda to Skye this weekend, in a boat that until last month hadn’t been in the water for a century.

Leaving Portree for St Kilda (today) Thursday at 5am, the challenge really begins at first light on Friday 30th May when they begin their row back from St Kilda to Skye. They are expected to get back to Portree sometime on Saturday 31st May in the afternoon or evening. The epic 38 to 48 hour trip by oar-power will raise money for two charities, the RNLI and Skye and Lochalsh Young Carers.

Donnie Nicolson, who is leading the challenge, said: “A mix of nerves and excitement, but now that we have decided to go it all feels very real – after two years of talking about it it is actually going to happen.

“I’m most excited about seeing our little old boat that we have spent so much time and effort on in the water and having St Kilda as a backdrop. When I told one of our rowers, Billy Shanks, it was on, I got a scream of delight down the phone. We’ve all been putting our lives on hold for the last few weeks, so it’s a great relief to be finally going.”

Pictured above, at a training session, are team members Cathryn Baillie, Gill Houlsby, Rosie McDade, Donnie Nicolson and Donald Budge.

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Training continues for St Kilda row