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New Belfast St Ayles Skiff

June 14, 2017 - 16:57

Belfast in Maine that is.

The skiff was built by the local alternative High School and is being donated to non-profit organisation “Come Boating” on Belfast waterfront, who will make sure she gets used.

More information here:

Porty Regatta Fun 2017

June 12, 2017 - 14:24

Skiffs from around the Firth of Forth gathered on Portobello beach on Saturday 10th June for their (almost) annual Regatta.  Furthest away was St Andrews, but also in attendance were St Ayles (Anster), Boatie Blest (C&PS), Dunbar, Eastern, Eskmuthe, Newhaven and North Berwick.  It started off with gazebos being used for rain and ended up with them being used to escape the lovely sunshine.  With the tide incoming, the races kicked off with the Novice category and the gold medal going to a delighted and worthy Eskmuthe team.

This was followed by the three 60+ categories, winners being North Berwick in the women’s and men’s race with Anstruther claiming gold for the mixed 60 category.  Before the lunchbreak and with the tide making the course slightly longer each race it was time for the 45+ men’s race.  This was won again by North Berwick but after the break the 45+ women’s gold went to Anstruther and the 45 + mixed gold going to Eastern.

The final ‘serious’ racing was the hotly contested open categories.  Triumphant men were Boatie Blest and women were Anstruther, with Boatie Blest also taking the mixed open category.





There was then an ‘inter-club’ race where Andy Jarvis was commemorated by the rowers in true Andy style.  Four members from each club were assigned a different skiff to undertake the penultimate race of the day.  The winning team rowed to victory in ‘Sandbay Century’ the skiff belonging to  St Andrews club with rowers from North Berwick, Eastern, Eskmuthe and St Andrews.

Finally there was a relay race, involving an individual painted fish.  Anything can happen during this, and usually does as it involves two crews racing one leg each, changing on the beach after the first leg, along with lifejackets and a “quick” spin round of the skiff and then the second leg which after hitting the beach, the cox had to race up to the prom wall, with the painted fish, to claim the prize.

Boatie Blest were the victors and received the Bendit cup.  Jonathan Bendit was the founder member of Portobello Sailing & Kayaking Club and the cup was presented by his eldest son, Sam. The race was sponsored by the Espy pub.

Results can be seen here, overall joint winners of the day being St Ayles and North Berwick (not counting inter-club points):

Thanks to all at Rowporty and PSKC for being excellent hosts, again keeping everyone fuelled with fabulous filled rolls, soup and cakes to die for.

Thanks to all for the photos used (Bruce and Karen Dryburgh, VF Photography and Eskmuthe photographer)

Australian St Ayles Fleet Boosted at Snowy River

June 11, 2017 - 18:04

Marlo Coastal Rowing launched ‘Da Mirrie Dancer’ on the Snowy River, Marlo, Australia.  Thanks to Andrea Coath for sharing these photos on the Scottish Coastal Rowing Facebook Group.  Isn’t it amazing how these Australians keep rowing right through the middle of winter!  The St Ayles Community Rowing Assoc of Australia have their own website.  Well done Marlo, what a bute.

Bonnie Makes Debut in Venice

June 10, 2017 - 21:50

Quite a spectacular place for a debutante to take her bow.  Here Bonnie is spotted by photographer Jon Gerrard, as she makes her way through Venice in the Voga Longa.  Bonnie is Langstone Cutters‘ second St Ayles skiff.

Events to Enjoy at Dunbar and Solway

June 10, 2017 - 07:49

Two fun events for your diaries. Firstly, and up soon, we have the Dunbar muster on 24 June.  The day also marks the opening of the new Harbour renovations, so a great atmosphere and a few celebrations and crowds to cheer skiffies on at the end of the civic week, The life boat crew will  be demonstrating and a fun day for all the family of games and picnic relaxing on white sands at the light house is in order.  Here is hoping Sunny Dunny lives up to its reputation and brings the sunshine as it usually does. All are welcome…..just let Dunbar Coastal Rowing Club know if you want to bring a boat. Sat 24th June from 11am

The Annan weekend features a programme of races on Saturday 22nd July (10.00 – 15.00) and a Cruise in Company across the Solway Firth to Cumbria on Sunday 23rd July (11.45 – 15.15), re-enacting the Bell Raid and taking time for a picnic/pub lunch in England. For the regatta three different options for courses are available and the organisers will make their selection based on weather conditions; all are around 1.5 miles long.  The Bell Ringer flotilla will proceed down the river in company with  safety boats before crossing the Solway Firth, almost along the line of the former Caledonian railway viaduct. It will rendezvous on the Cumbrian coast with the children and community of Bowness-on-Solway where the Bell Raid will be commemorated. Bowness is the western terminus of Hadrian’s Wall Path.  Crews can change for the run back to Annan.

Welcome Maighdean Charrainn

June 5, 2017 - 10:13

Loch Carron community officially launched skiff no 150 “Maighdean Charrainn” on Saturday 27th May 2017.  She was named by Mr MacPherson at a ceremony on the shore after being piped along Main Street.

Welcome to the world of Scottish Coastal Rowing, hope to see you all on the water soon.

Thanks to Peter Barr for the photographs.


1st Dutch International St Ayles Skiff Regatta: The Results

May 29, 2017 - 17:47

WSV Woudrichem hosted the first Dutch International St Ayles skiff regatta on 27 May 2017.   Weather conditions were challenging, but not in the usual way, with visiting crews seeking shade between races, as temperatures soared into the 30s.  There was a breeze blowing which was very welcome, bringing some relief for crews on the water.  The course was eight lanes wide in the River Maas.  Crews raced from a start/ finish line, up to accurately placed turning buoys 1km upstream. All turns were to starboard, with the wind (until the last race) being a head wind on the way to the turn and a tail wind on the return leg.

The (very generous and welcoming hosts) were joined by overseas skiffs from Ullapool, North Berwick, Anstruther, Largs (Firth of Clyde), Queensferry, Port Seton, Carrick and Killyleagh.  It was great to see local competition for Woudrichem coming from WSV Heusden in their bright orange skiff, and WV de Merwede, who launched officially named their skiff the day before the regatta (see separate post).  As has become normal, the attending clubs welcomed some others into their ranks, and we know that rowers from Langstone Cutters Gig Club (England), Broughty Ferry (Scotland) , Strangford (Northern Ireland) and Lake Champlain (USA) were involved in the racing.

The dutch crews set out their stall early, with Woudrichem storming to victory in the first race of the day, Men’s 50+, and also taking a bronze, with North Berwick sandwiched between them.  Any doubts that the Dutch crews would struggle against experienced overseas opposition were quickly put aside.  However when the Women got onto the water normal service was resumed to some extent with St Ayles Anstruther storming home in a victory ahead of Port Seton’s Boatie Blest, and North Berwick…  three of the six clubs who attended the first ever St Ayles skiff regatta in 2010.  The fourth of those six clubs placed second in the next race, the men’s 60+, in a race dominated by a strong North Berwick Crew.  Carrick had their best result of the day (with a very small team) coming fourth in this event behind the hosts in third.

St Ayles Anstruther won again in the Womens 60+, with Queensferry taking the silver.  Ullapool lifted the bronze in this event ahead of Killyleagh from Strangford Lough.

Martin’s dreamteam from Woudrichem posted the fastest time of the day in winning the Mens’ 40 + event in 11 minutes 40.69.  Second fastest time of the day was set by North Berwick in winning the Men’s open in 11:43.78.  These were the only teams to go under 12 minutes in the heat.

Biggest cheers of the day were for Queensferry winning the the Mixed Open A, and for the hosts in the very last race of the day, Open Mixed B, where they battled all the way back from the turn against a North Berwick crew.   Half the crews in that raced dived into the water at the end in celebration and in search of relief from the heat.

The welcome extended to visiting clubs really was astonishing, with so may volunteers putting in so much effort.  A very big thank you on behalf of all visitors is extended to the WSV Woudrichem, their members and their neighbours.  It is hard to imagine how they could have done anything more, and we love having them as part of our community.


The Full sets for results, listed both by overall time and by category, can be found through the WSV Woudrichem website.

See a great set of photos by Bart Stoutjesdijk

Positive Tests for Vitamin D at First Dutch International St Ayles Skiff Regatta

May 29, 2017 - 15:24

It was “taps aff” at Woudrichem, as temperatures soared into the 30s (yes, centigrade) in the shade.  Not conditions that the visitors from Scotland and Northern Ireland are used to.  Full report to follow…….  please send any comments/ results to .  Please upload photos to the SCR Flickr Group and the SCR Facebook Group.