The organising committee met to discuss the implications for the 2021 World Stone Skimming Championships, in light of the continuing ongoing concerns and uncertainty due to the Coronavirus.
It is with much regret that we have decided to cancel this year’s event.
Yet again, this is not a decision we have come to lightly and one that we know will disappoint a lot of our regular attendees and spectators. This is even more especially true for those who travel so far to join us. As I am sure you will realise, the event takes a LOT of organising and forward planning. None of us has any idea what restrictions will still be in place, come September, and as a small charity we do not want to commit funds to the event and still have to cancel nearer the time.
With the normal size of the competition, there is no way that we could practice social distancing and we would not want to expose the ferrymen to any higher level of risk. We also suspect that a lot of folk will still not want to be part of large crowds, even if restrictions were to be lifted enough for us to hold that size of event. I do hope that you will understand the reasoning and logic behind our decision and that we will be able to welcome you back safely and happily in 2022. That leaves plenty of time to practice for your chance to become a World Champion next year!
We hope that none of you are suffering too badly in these unprecedented times. Stay safe and stay well.
WHERE: Easdale Island Community HallWHEN: 10.00am until 1.00pm on the day, OR until we reach a total of 350 entrants.
If you would like to compete just turn up as there are no qualifying rounds. The competition starts at 12 noon - get to the ferry early to avoid the queues!
We have to restrict the maximum number of entrants to 350.
This is simply due to the time taken to let everyone compete, hold the awards ceremony and then ensure people can leave the island during ferry operating hours.
We will do all we can to ensure that people are made aware when the maximum number of entrants has been reached. The organisers very much regret any inconvenience that this may cause.
For the full competition rules, categories and entrance fees, please see our About section.
For location, parking and ferry info, please see our Getting Here section.
On the Saturday night before the event, come and warm up at the Pre-skim Party in Easdale Island Community Hall where there will be a licensed bar, live music, and where children are most welcome. There will be hot dogs and veggie dogs available from 7pm until they are gone.
Return ferries run after the show at 11pm and midnight.
None The Wiser is a four-piece rock covers band, playing an energetic mix of classic tunes, from Abba to The Zutons, with sets that include Tina Turner, Manic Street Preachers, Queen, Lady Gaga , The Cult, Robbie Williams, Nirvana, Otis Redding and Gloria Gaynor – amongst many others!
Based around Lochgilphead, the band has been playing together in its current line-up since 2014, gigging around Argyll and featuring in the line-up at festivals including MamaFest, Gig in the Goil, Tarbert Music Festival and Carradale Music Festival.
Guaranteed to be laughing and lively, None The Wiser will be playing tunes you love – and tunes you’d forgotten you love!
The World Stone Skimming Championships were started in 1983 by the late Bertie Baker, and then lay fallow until they were resurrected in 1997 by Eilean Eisdeal (The Easdale Island Community Development Group) as a fundraising event.
Contestants hail from around the world and the championships now attract over 300 participants and many spectators. Anyone of any age and any level of skill can enter the championships.
Press interest in the the World Stone Skimming Championships is increasing every year, and the event has been covered by the following: BBC News; Rough Guides; Lonely Planet; Oban Times; The Independent; The Herald; The Press and Journal; The Scotsman; The Times; The Sunday Times; The Daily Record; The Daily Mail; The Sun and The Drogheda Independent. Articles have also appeared in Coast Magazine as well as Scottish Islands Explorer.
Features have also appeared on BBC TV’s Blue Peter, Coast and The One Show; STV’s The Hour; BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, Radio Scotland, Radio 5 Live; Gaelic Television news; BBC Scotland; CBBC Newsround, Channel 4 Big Breakfast and Peanut Gallery radio show on the Australian Triple M Network.