North Lewis Maritime Society
Falmadair was originally set up to work with Comunn Eachdraidh Nis,
Ness Historical Society to look after Jubilee after her first renovation by John Murdo Macleod in the late 1970s. Her keel was laid by his father, John Finlay Macleod in 1935, so it takes a constant programme of renewal to keep her sailing. Last year, Stornoway Port Authority generously provided hard standing space at the north end of the harbour for essential repairs to be carried out.
We hired the shiny new harbour crane, and cleaned up the boat ready for surgery. Boatbuilder Henry Macleod, who begun his training at Goat Island, replaced a frame while club members John Mitchell and Charlie Green repaired some localised damaged parts. She was painted up ready to take part in SPA's harbour open day. She also took part in several filming engagements. Corporate memberships which enable her use in such programmes have been a key means of paying for materials, berthing and lifting costs over the last few years. We would be very happy to work with any local businesses that wish to support the club in this way.
We have several other boats: An Suilair, Broadbay and Callicvol, see The Boats tab for more details. A newly renovated half sgoth, Callicvol was relaunched last year.
Falmadair’s new constitution
Special General Members meeting
22nd March 2019
Local charity Falmadair (Gaelic for tiller) held a Special General Meeting on Friday 22nd March 2019 at 7pm in the community room at Lews Castle, Stornoway. The purpose of the meeting was to vote on the adoption of a new constitution.
This was followed immediately by Basic Chart Skills, a course lead by David Skelly.
Falmadair is keen to attract new members; no sailing experience is necessary to come sailing or to help with maintenance of the boats. We are working with other organisations such as Comman Eachdraich Nis, Museum nan Eilean, Stornoway Port Authority,Lewis and Harris Sports Council and the Scotland-wide Bell Nautical Trust to plan our next series of activities. Details of our sailing trips and other events are posted on the Falmadair Facebook page.
Results of recent raffle on News page
The Society is very keen to encourage new skippers and mates so plans for more training workshops. One of our members has just been awarded his RYA Coastal Skipper certificate. This continues a track record of assisting trainee sailors to achieving recognised qualifications.
Falmadair is grateful to all the individuals and organisations that have given support. Especial thanks to Ian Stephen and Stornoway Port Authority for their years of outstanding support.
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This is Jubilee, last of the working sgoth Niseach. She was built by John Finlay Macleod, the man who swam ashore with a rope from the stricken Iolaire in the first hours of 1919. Murdo Macleod's photo was taken as she sailed off Kebock Head, this summer, to link with skiff-rowers from many clubs, on and off island, and members of Falmadair (tiller). She will soon need more work to keep her in commission as does her bigger relation an Sulaire, built by the late John Murdo Macleod. Please support Falmadair by joining the club - see our FaceBook page.
Our AGM was at Stornoway Sea Angling Club on 3rd Oct, we had all business done by 2000 and went on to an informal session of tunes and chat, with melodeons, fiddles, whistle and general good craic. Particular welcome was made to fellow sailors, rowers and watersports enthusiasts including some visitors from across the Atlantic!
Click here for details of membership and a downloadable PDF page. Our categories include Individual, Family and Corporate. Concession membership is available for unwaged and retired people.
Registered charity number: SC038938