The schedule for ‘racing at Skiffieworlds can be found here.
The draw for the heats is yet to take place, and will be published as soon as we have the information. In the meantime please ensure that all the information in the Notice of Race is digested and understood by all participants.
Thank you Andy, for sharing good times with us.
The Right Reverend Dr John Inge, Lord Bishop of Worcester, was the star guest at a recent event that saw the launch of Worcestershire’s first coastal rowing vessel. The innovative local project celebrated the launch of The Zandenise named after the Bishop’s late wife – ‘zan’ is Cornish for ‘saint’ – on Saturday 18 June at The University of Worcester Lakeside Campus, Top Barn Farm in Worcester.
Utilising the vision of local social entrepreneur Richard Wood, Zaznak’s founder – which aims to make the rowing and building of St Ayles skiffs accessible and inclusive – the resources of The Good Soil Project and pupils from Tudor Grange Academy, the boat went from conception to launch in just under a year. After its maiden voyage on the water with Richard Wood, members of the boat building community and the 90 attendees on the day, declared the build a huge success.
With Alec Jordan from Jordan Boats – kit supplier – and other St Ayles skiff clubs from Portsmouth, Lydney and Blakeney in Norfolk, there was plenty of expertise on hand to help those that wanted to try out the Zandenise.
Zanzak is the first inland coastal rowing club for St Ayles skiffs in the UK. Richard says “There is an enormous opportunity for coastal rowing to reach many UK lives; 57million residents live inland – with the majority of them only 70 miles from the coast. With 19,000 miles of coastline around the country, there is huge potential for us to develop the initiative.
Worcester’s first coastal rowing boat was built by volunteers involved in The Good Soil Project – a scheme launched by TV personality and celebrity gardener Monty Don. Worcester’s Good Soil Project – also based at Top Barn Farm – helps marginalised communities develop essential life skills, equipping them to lead meaningful and independent lives. These communities have been involved in the boat building process. Along with the Awards for All funding – which gives grants of up to £10,000 to community groups and projects that improve health, education and the environment – Top Barn Trust also donated funds towards the initiative. Thanks must also go to The Oarsome Chance Foundation for help in arranging the day.
For further information visit www.zaznak.co.uk.
Bristol based charity All-Aboard! recently launched their new St Ayles skiff Hannah More and in early June gave it one of its first outings at the annual Beale Park Boat and Outdoor Show in Berkshire.
The relaxed and friendly event gives traditional boat builders the opportunity to demonstrate their boats on a beautiful lake beside the Thames, and to invite the public to try them out. Wooden boats, classic boats, steam launches, sailing dinghies, river boats, canoes, canvas boats and even a few coracles were all out and about on the lake over the weekend.
There was considerable interest in the St Ayles skiff, with plenty of people trying it out for themselves and volunteers from All-Aboard! on hand to make up crews and provide coxes. Kit supplier Alec Jordan was on hand to answer questions from people interested in building their own skiff, and one of the All-Aboard! team even provided a head and neck massage for anyone who found the row had over-strained their muscles.
The Beale Park Lake is separated from the River Thames only by a swing bridge, which allowed the skiff to be taken out onto the river for a very enjoyable early evening row.
The Beale Park show organisers seem to have been impressed. They’ve already invited the St Ayles skiff back for 2017, and asked if a few more skiffs can come along and have a race as part of next year’s programme.
After a naming ceremony, during which we were asked to pause and remember the sudden passing of our friend and club member Alan Robertson, whisky was sprinkled over the bow and the quaiche passed around the members of the club. Yolande was then taken down the slipway to the water.
Yolande, number 118 on the register of skiffs, was accompanied to the water by a Piper and two strange persons.
The launching took place within the slight lee of the breakwater but soon nosed out into a choppy sea, which was certainly a test for the members of the club! Yolande was welcomed to the water by the boats and members from Newburgh, North Quensferry and Portobello making a fine sight in the shelter of Kinghorn Bay.
Yolande in all her finery displayed a beautiful rudder with a portrait of Yolande the Queen of Scotland.
Many thanks to all members of the Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club and to the members of the visiting clubs that attended to make the launch a very special day.
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- The Cobnor Activity Centre ‘Cobstock’ Festival over 3/4/5 June where 3 Skiffs will be available to the public for trial coastal rowing on glorious Chichester Harbour – the new boat Bella, and the SMMT boats built for Oarsome Chance Trust – OC1 and OC2 – provide the action; Langstone Adventure Rowing and Langstone Cutters Rowing Club the coaching and support;
- On 1/2nd July we have the first Junior Schools St Ayles Championship at Cobnor; a pilot event with a number of Schools working with Oarsome Chance Trust to get youngsters to build and row these lovely boats; Visiting Crews welcome…
- Then the BIG ONE!! The 13 mile Round Hayling Race on Sunday morning 19th July is part of Langstone Cutters famous Coastal Rowing Weekend with a Pilot Gig Regatta and Solent Galley Gathering on the Saturday and the Big Race on Sunday with a trophy for the first St Ayles Skiff around Hayling – a trophy won last year by CRAB (Blakeney).
If anyone wants to join in these events, contact Mike Gilbert 07767 350 512; or email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Many from the skiff community may have already heard of the tragic loss of Frank Whyte on Saturday 21st May. His sailing boat was capsized by a violent squall while he was sailing in the Moray Firth.
Frank was an integral member of Findhorn Coastal Rowing Club, always happy to offer support and expertise, an inspiration to us all. The club tell us “He always had time for a yarn and a word of encouragement with his wicked wit and cheerful manner. He was instrumental in the construction of our beautiful boat, “Joppa”. He kept us right, and ensured that we maintained his exacting standards. A true gentleman whose integrity ran though every aspect of his life, he will be sorely missed as so many were touched by his generosity of spirit. He will be missed as a club member and as a mentor but most of all as a dear friend. Findhorn’s thoughts are with his family.”
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