The World Stone Skimming Championships were started in 1983 by Albert Baker, and then lay fallow until they were resurrected in 1997 by the 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.
The competition is split into Ladies, Men, Junior Boys and Girls and Under 10s Boys and Girls categories. There is also the Ladies and Men Old Tosser categories for those entrants who have reached the experienced and veteran heights of no longer being in their 50s! Entrants to this section will throw at the same time as the other adults in the order in which they register. Be sure and mark your registration form if you wish to enter this category!
Team category. Team members register as individuals as normal but, in addition, name the team that they are taking part in. Teams must consist of up to four individuals, of either sex, and any age category. Their three throws count towards their individual entry AND the total of all their throws count towards the Team entry.
Team members will have the total length of their three throws added together, then each team member’s individual total will be added together to form the team total. The winning team will be the team that throws the largest cumulative total metres thrown by all four entrants.
An individual can win in both the individual event and as part of a team from their one lot of three throws. Team members pay the same entry fee as an individual entrant, with no extra team charge.
September 27, 2015
The competition starts at 12 noon - get down to the quarry side early to avoid the queues!
Categories and entrance fees: Adult Ladies and Men (16 and over) - entrance fee: £5 Old Tossers Ladies and Men (60 and over) - entrance fee: £3 Junior Girls and Boys (age 10-15 years) - entrance fee: £2 Under 10s Girls and Boys - entrance fee: £1 There is no extra charge for an individual also taking part as a member of a team.
September 27, 2015
near Oban in Argyll