Shawbost-based coastal rowing club, An Eathar will host their annual family open day at Loch a Bhaile, Shawbost, on Saturday 14thJuly,

The event will be a great opportunity for novice rowers to get their first experience of what is an ever-growing pastime.

As well as taster sessions there will also be a chance for more experienced rowers to compete in races against other clubs. These races will see An Eathar go up against local skiffs from Bragar/Arnol and Stornoway as well as mainland crews from Portobello and Port Seton.

The Open Day will conclude with a community lunch, ceilidh and raffle at the Shawbost old school. Performing at the ceilidh will be the Ness Melodian band.

Prior to the open day An Eathar along with the clubs mentioned above will embark on a two day row along the east coast of Lewis on the 12thJuly. The skiffs will take in the sights of Loch Erisort, South Lochs and Leumrabhagh, spending the night at Orasaigh Village Hall.

The 2018 open day will be the fourth annual event since An Eathar launched their Skiff Yackydoola in 2015. Yackydoola is a St Ayles Skiff which was built by the community using a manufactured kit. This same design was originally re-popularised in Scotland but can now be seen across the world.

This worldwide appeal was clearly seen at last years’ event with coastal rowers from as far a field as Tasmania and New Zealand in attendance.

Since 2015 Yackydoola alongside other community built boats Fir Chlis and Florence, has toured the coastline and lochs of Lewis and Harris. As well as these local adventures, the community skiffs have also travelled to Glasgow for a row down the river Clyde and Uist to compete in their annual regatta.

Details of this and all future events can be found on the An Eathar Facebook Page.