Skiffie Worlds Results Day 3

Women Open B final Wed 15.30

1 00:12:39.520 11 Eastern
2 00:12:43.907 83 Dundrum
3 00:12:47.709 102 Strangford
4 00:13:15.422 72 Avoch
5 00:13:23.356 41 Portsoy
6 00:13:31.509 7 North Berwick
7 00:13:40.386 11 St Ayles
8 00:13:46.733 93 FOCCR
9 00:13:52.817 112 Sketrick
10 00:14:40.484 50 Cockenzie


Men open B final wed 16.00

1 00:11:49.520 83 Dundrum
2 00:11:51.189 50 Cockenzie
3 00:12:04.130 11 St Ayles
4 00:12:09.816 18 Ullapool
5 00:12:13.615 3 Coigach
6 00:12:19.629 03 WSV
7 00:12:24.047 7 North Berwick
8 00:12:31.081 111 Eastern
9 00:12:31.827 112 Sketrick
10 00:12:33.989 78 Killyleagh RC
11 00:13:09.566 140 Blades


60+ mixed final Wed 16.30

Dead heat for 5th place

1 00:12:31.307 83 Dundrum
2 00:12:37.374 11 St Ayles
3 00:12:44.825 7 North Berwick
4 00:12:57.058 – Strangford & Crail
5 00:12:57.558 – Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
6 00:13:10.435 94 Broughty ferry
7 00:13:12.703 111 Eastern
8 00:13:14.459 40 Queensferry
9 00:13:16.849 3 Coigach
10 00:13:27.790 93 FOCCR
11 00:13:31.438 18 Ullapool
12 00:13:58.858 78 Killyleagh RC
13 00:14:04.992 112 Sketrick
14 00:14:30.549 81 Ayle of quinte
15 00:14:59.526 72 Avoch

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Skiffie Worlds 2016 Video

A short FB video of the row in company round from the narrows to Delamont, posted by our “Visit Strangford Lough”.

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Loch Ewe Skiff Launch 30 July 2016

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Medals Shared Round at First Two Days of Skiffie Worlds

Keep up to  date with all the results from Skiffie Worlds 2016 as they come in on the Skiffie Worlds Updates and Craic Facebook Page.

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After two days racing at Skiffie Worlds 2016 we have had seven of the 19 finals, with gold medals going to six different clubs.  Medals have been well spread out, with wins for Crail (Women 40+), North Berwick (u19 Mixed),  Four Pilchards (Cornwall)(Men 60+),  Avoch (under 17 Men),  Cockenzie and Port Seton (Men 40+ and Mixed Open B) and Broughty Ferry (Women 60+).  There have been strong showings from local clubs, with Dundrum and Strangford in particular both being in the mix for medals, and  Tasmania and Woudrichem (Netherlands) leading the charge from overseas.

If you are in the area please come down to support the rowers and enjoy the atmosphere of the atheletes village.  Racing continues at Delamont Country Park on Wednesday through till Saturday. On Saturday there will be a festival going on all day at Strangford village, with events also going ahead at Portaferry.  The skiffs will row round to the Narrows from Delamont in the afternoon to be a part of the festival.


Skiffs at rest before racing: Allan Robertson on SCR Facebook Page

Skiffs at rest before racing: Allan Robertson on SCR Facebook Page


Mixed open B final  (Monday)
1 00:12:09.772 50 Cockenzie
2 00:12:17.722 11 St Ayles
3 00:12:19.561 7 North Berwick
4 00:12:21.405 83 Dundrum
5 00:12:35.840 102 Strangford
6 00:12:36.426 31 Crail
7 00:12:37.700 140 Blades
8 00:12:39.905 111 Eastern
9 00:12:45.793 70 Bunillidh
10 00:12:46.527 78 Killyleagh Rowing
11 00:12:53.560 72 Avoch
12 00:12:58.343 78 Islay
13 00:13:06.109 93 FOCCR
14 00:13:08.293 93 Portsoy
15 00:14:11.625 3 Wsv Woudrichem


60+ ladies final Monday
1 00:13:34.533 94 Broughty ferry
2 00:13:37.827 83 Dundrum
3 00:13:40.966 7 North Berwick
4 00:13:57.185 11 St Ayles
5 00:14:02.745 40 Queensferry
6 00:14:47.315 18 Ullapool
7 00:14:49.010 7 Lake Champlain USA
8 00:15:03.095 8 Sketrick
9 00:15:06.313 102 Strangford
10 00:15:20.096 93 FOCCR


Under 17 men final 14.30 Tuesday
1 00:06:25.607 72 Avoch
2 00:06:30.715 93 Firth of Clyde
3 00:06:47.149 7 North Berwick
4 00:07:07.285 102 Strangford
5 00:07:08.622 41 Portsoy
6 00:07:25.405 111 Eastern
7 00:07:32.221 83 Drundrum
8 00:07:36.992 78 Killyleagh Rowing
DNF DNF 156 Killyleagh YC
DNF DNF 3 Wsv Woudrichem

40+ men final 1500 Tuesday

  1.  Cockenzie and Port Seton
  2. Coigach
  3. North Berwick

(full results to follow)


40 + women final 15.30 Tuesday
1 00:12:50.824 31 Crail
2 00:13:06.777 111 Eastern
3 00:13:17.127 7 North Berwick
4 00:13:17.927 11 St Ayles
5 00:13:31.170 83 Drundrum
6 00:13:39.939 72 Avoch
7 00:13:40.512 50 Cockenzie
8 00:13:41.154 94 Broughty ferry
9 00:13:44.091 41 Portsoy
10 00:13:48.783 119 Tasmania
11 00:14:06.915 102 Strangford
12 00:14:20.600 93 FOCCR
13 00:14:27.032 112 Sketrick
14 00:14:35.374 27 Islay
15 00:14:43.776 70 Bunillidh


under 19 mixed final Tuesday 16.00

1 00:06:22.927 7 North Berwick
2 00:06:28.307 111 Wsv
3 00:06:33.770 11 St Ayles
4 00:06:38.320 93 FOCCR
5 00:06:44.409 41 Portsoy
6 00:06:47.276 18 Ullapool
7 00:06:48.000 102 Strangford
8 00:06:51.075 72 Avoch
9 00:06:58.198 50 Cockenzie
10 00:07:03.693 83 Dundrum

60+ mens final tuesday 16.30

1 00:12:26.665 177 Pilchards
2 00:12:40.765 3 Coigach
3 00:12:46.970 83 Drundrum
4 00:13:05.583 18 Ullapool
5 00:13:16.783 31 Crail
6 00:13:28.427 111 Eastern
7 00:13:29.588 78 Killyleagh RC
8 00:13:35.220 7 North Berwick
9 00:13:43.227 124 Bristol
10 00:13:52.040 102 Strangford

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Splash, Splash, Splash, Splash

While many of us are caught up with travelling to skiffie worlds, and hoping to upset favourites Ullapool, the world keeps on turning and more communities are starting out on an excellent adventure.  No fewer that four skiffs are hitting the water for the first time.

Already launched is Tapula, who will be joining in festivities in Strangford Lough crewed by the Killyleagh Yacht Club.  Going into the waters of North West Scotland,  “Arkle” will be launched by the builders from Kinlochbervie High School and Capre Wrath Boat Club.  The plan is to use the skiff in Loch Innes, which is easily accessible from the school, and in Loch Bervie / Loch Inchard.

Then in Orkney there is a double St Ayles skiff launch on Sunday. In fact it is a triple launch as the club will also be launching their third shetland yole, making them a five boat club!  They write “Orkney Rowing Club are delighted to announce official launch of our Shetland Yoal ‘Rinansey’ and our two St Ayles Skiffs – ‘Orkney Gold’ and ‘Freya’.  We are launching the boats at 2pm on Sunday 24th July at Hatston Slip.  Everyone is welcome to come and join us for this this milestone event for our club.”

Good luck to all these clubs, their skiffs and their community rowers.


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St Bronagh Skiff

Those who have not bought their skiffeworlds raffle tickets yet, please do so ASAP.  You will be helping to make what is bound to be a great event into a fantastic event, and what is more you will be in with a chance of winning a lovely St Broanch Skiff.

The St Bronagh skiff is a coxed two rower boat.  It can be sculled (two oars each) or rowed with one sweep oar each.  The boat is built in fibreglass and finished in wood by Tyrone Boats of Portaferry, Northern Ireland.  Tyrone boats can also supply you with oars for your skiffs (see the website).



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Some Reminders on Racing Rules

With Skiffieworlds coming up, it is a good time to have a brief reminder about certain racing rules, and things to specifically think about for this event.  It would be very, very much appreciated if all participants, be they rowers, coxes, umpires or spectators read through the racing rules before the event, and discuss them with their club members and crew mates.  The rules can be found here:

And do remember that there are specific considerations for this event which are clearly set out in the

Skiffie Worlds Notice of Race

Please read them both.  Nothing in this post is designed to replace participants informing themselves, but we are anxious to issue a reminder about certain matters.


The turning buoys are 20m apart.  This may be closer together than some clubs may be used to.  It does mean that you cannot do a wide sweeping turn, but should aim to do a tight turn, which experience suggests is faster for a 180 degree turn in any event.

Rule 8.5.2……… boats approaching their turn shall give way to those coming out of their turn…..

So please do not sweep in wide and conflict with a boat coming out of the turn.  But please ensure that you have completed your turn before you set off again, rather than sweeping across one of the incoming lanes.  You will be turning to starboard.  Hitting the turning mark is not a problem, indeed is to be encouraged, so long as the hull goes round the mark.



Skiffs must carry the following whilst taking part in this event, and may be disqualified from racing or face other sanction if they do not:

(a) A working hand held VHF radio
(b) At least two means of efficiently bailing the boat
(c) Personal Flotation Devices for each crew member. These must be worn by all crew members at all times.
(d) A length of rope of at least 14mm diameter and at least 8 meters in length, securely attached to a strong point in the bow of the boat and capable of being used to tow boat with crew.
 (e) An Anchor, together with a suitable chain and line of minimum 30 metres, giving a combined minimum weight of anchor, chain and line of 7kg, all as suitable for use in the conditions and area.
In addition to the above, as set out in the notice of race,  for this specific event skiffs must be equipped with the following:
2 paddles for close quarters manoeuvring
1 wooden broomshaft (28mm diam.) fixed at the bow for the race lane ID tube The broomshafts should reach at least 30cm above the bow.


Note that the Coxswain must be at least 16 years of age.   They must weigh at least 9 stone in minimal sports clothing. If they weight under that weight they should carry a weight of some sort at their cox seat to bring them up to weight. It is their responsibility to do that, rather than anyone’s responsibility to catch them if they do not!

Bio security

Because of the status of Strangford Lough, biosecurity matters a great deal to those who work there and those who use it for recreation.  Please therefore ensure that your club complies with the requirement set out in the notice of race:  On entering the event Clubs agree that the skiff and its trailer(s) (including inside any accessible box sections) have been powerhosed before travelling to ensure no transfer of water organisms. Hoses will be available at Strangford and Portaferry for cleaning before returning home.

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Skiffieworlds Measurement: Reminder

A reminder for all participants at the Skiffieworlds 2016.

Please ensure compliance with the  Building and Measurement Rules for the St Ayles Skiff 2014 Edition and in the event of any difference, please contact the Secretary (  at the earliest opportunity to arrange for an exemption certificate for particular sections of the Rules.
It is anticipated that all skiffs will be weighed and inspected for compliance with these Rules at Skiffieworlds and the relevant Racing Rules at some stage during the event.

When applying for an exemption, and this may be of particular importance to the original skiffs built under previous Rules – please quote the Rule number, the Rule criteria and where your skiff differs from such rules.

For example – where the stems are narrower than required.
Rule 2.4.1 – Stem faces – 1.125 inches (28mm)  – own skiff face 24mm
Please note that the Rudder dimensions are a safety issue and an exemption may not be granted – please ensure that the underwater wetted surface area is a minimum of 850 cm2 .
Some common issues noted at recent regattas:-
stem dimensions
length of keel
Metal footrests ( Rule 6.2)
The use of non-removeable plastic wear plates fitted to the rowlocks is not permitted
Each skiff shall display (visibly) their allocated number from the Skiff Register  please. The numerals shall be at least 20cm in height and displayed on a background of contrasting colour.
If you require an exemption, please apply soon- with name of Club, Name and Number of Skiff , when launched and the details as requested above.

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Queensferry Regatta on 10 September


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Broughty Ferry Results 2016

Saturday 2nd July saw Broughty Ferry hold their Annual Regatta on the Tay when skiffies enjoyed a mixture of weather conditions.

The first race on the programme was the Men’s Open Race which endured breezy conditions, the first wave saw Broughty Ferry come home in front of Crail and Queensferry, the second wave was led home by North Berwick from Newburgh and Wormit. When the times were posted North Berwick took first place by 4 seconds to Broughty Ferry with Crail in third. Just as the 60+ Women lined up the sky had changed to a dark shade of grey and the Tay bridge had disappeared but with the wind still playing a part, the monsoon was diverted over to Fife and the ladies only enemy was the wind which kept them dry, the result was North Berwick 1st, Broughty Ferry 2nd and Queensferry 3rd.

Race Three for Men 45+ had a familiar result in the shape of North Berwick 1st, Broughty Ferry 2nd. and Crail 3rd. The Women’s 45+ saw Crail come home 1st from North Berwick in 2nd and Queensferry in 3rd. Race 5 the Mixed Open saw Crail hold off North Berwick for 1st and 2nd with Broughty Ferry in 3rd.

The Mixed Novice was next up. With the ebbing tide and wind still playing a part in the proceedings the remaining races were run anticlockwise on the rectangular course.  The first wave of the novice race was led home by Newburgh and the second wave followed with Wormit in the lead.  When the results were declared everyone left at home in Wormit, five miles up the Tay,  must have heard the cheers when they were declared winners, with Newburgh in 2nd and a dead heat between the two  Ferry’s.

The final race of the day was the Women’s Open and Crail, Queensferry and Wormit lead off the first wave with North Berwick leading the second wave around the first buoy with Newburgh and Broughty Ferry in hot pursuit as the race unfolded all eyes were fixed on the back straight as Broughty Ferry started to move up on Newburgh and by the third turn were gunning for North Berwick, the pace of the three crews was beginning to bring the first wave into their sights and it was a great see five skiffs pick their line for the final sprint home. Broughty Ferry chose the widest berth and as the crews got closer and closer the crowds were jumping to see the finish with Broughty Ferry coming through strongly to take 1st from North Berwick 2nd. and Newburgh 3rd. A great finish to a great day in which every club had a podium finish.


The Women’s Open finish between Broughty Ferry and North Berwick Picture: Ralph Hopkins

Thank you to John Miller for the report above.  It is much apprecaited when clubs send in reports for publication. Full results and times in the photo below. (Race 1-  Men Open, Race 2 – Women 60+, Race 3 –  Men 45+,  Race 4 – Women 45+,  Race 5- Mixed Open,  Race 6- Novice,  Race 7-  Women Open)


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