The first annual Feis mara na Hearadh presents the 2019 RIB challenge! The course from Scalpay North Harbour, south in to the little Minch and then anticlockwise round the shiant isles with a diversion or two before heading back to Tarbert might not be that long but it takes in two sets of overfalls and a tidal stream in the Sound of Scalpay that could, if conditions are not perfect, rearrange you in ways that you never thought could hurt. It is not a straightforward course, so you need to have your navigational wits about you too. To end the body jarring fun there will be a close quarters manoeuvrability exercise in front of a jeering crowd standing on the Calmac pier in Tarbert which will test your helm abilities.

The RIB is a ‘rigid inflatable boat’: Rigid hull with inflatable sponsons at each side. The feis mara event is open to all RIB’s that qualify as such and can be of any length, single, double or triple outboard or inboard engines.

The RIB is an important part of the growing marine tourism market in the Outer Hebrides and each year hundreds of visitors to the islands are taken out to sea to watch whales, dolphins and off shore bird colonies. They get to see things that you cannot view from land and they do so from a fast, safe, often open boat, with skilled local skippers.



The Scalpay Community Centre will be open for Breakfast from 0800.

Briefing for RIB skippers and crew will take place 1215 in the community centre. Course details and rules will be discussed as well as safety issues.

RIB skippers and crew will depart from Scalpay North Harbour at 1245 the course is 36.9 nautical miles and can be seen on Navionics (you need to have the software on phone or PV) by clicking here or you can also a map of the route here.

1415 boats are expected back at Tarbert with the finish line at SGEIR BHUIDE.

The current course looks like this:

RIB course chart
  • Boat handling challenges will commence at 1600

  • There will be a prize giving in the Isle of Harris Distillery at 1700 for all participants with a buffet at the community centre at 1800 followed by a ceilidh to late.

  • Registration is £35 per vessel for up to 2 crew with a £8 supplement for additional crew.

  • The registration fee includes 2 nights berthing at the Isle of Harris Marina (Friday 26th and Saturday 27th) with toilets, showers and Wi-fi. Prizes, buffet and ceilidh!

  • Boats and crew must be properly equipped and qualified to undertake the course.

  • Alternatively, contact Fred Taylor at isle of Harris Marina using the details below.