Archive for May, 2010
The first St Ayles Skiff Regatta started at 1pm on the 29th of May at Anstruther. 6 skiffs were present and around 33 crews . The races started at 10 minute intervals during the afternoon on a 600 yard course along the West Pier. Port Seton won the overall trophy, with Portobello and Anstruther also winning race categories.
A fuller report will be posted in due course. The Regatta coincided with the Scottish Fisheries Museum’s open day.
More Pictures of the day can be seen on Flickr
Some video from Bob Jefferson on YouTube
Port Seton are kindly inviting skiffs to race at Boatie Blest , part of the 3 harbours arts festival on the morning of 5 June. Yvonne writes: Racing between Cockenzie and Port Seton Harbour, distance about the same as the Anstruther races. The tide is early so the racing will be in the morning. Specific times to follow. Also if any teams are coming up the day before to let me know as there may be accomodation in Cockenzie. If I could be contacted as soon as possible with the number of skiffs attending, teams and number of people looking for accomodation. Races will be held for categories of Open Men, Open women, mixed and u18. North Berwick will be there, and I think Portobello too, as well as the hosts. Others very welcome.
With probably the most experienced set of boat builders, Ullapool’s first boat has taken to the water at last.
Lots more pictures of the launching at http://ullcoastrow.wordpress.com/our-build/splash-day/
This is when the launchings start coming thick and fast – Coigach is due today, Portobello on Tuesday, and North Berwick on Wednesday or Thursday.
The ladies of Anstruther are featured on Marc Stephen’s item about the coastal rowing which can be listened to on iPlayer at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00sgf9c. The item is at 1:02:30 into the program.
Accompanied by a Piper and with a crowd of around 300 from Port Seton and Cockenzie, the first community built St Ayles Skiff was launched on Sat 8 May 2010.
The organiser of the build, Alec Weatherhead, is the grandson of the last boatbuilder in Port Seton. Boatie Rows is the first boat to have been built at Port Seton for 45 years.
Port Seton’s second boat is now under construction.
The disease has spread to other parts of the Loch Broom coastline, and the 20th boat has been ordered by Ullapool Harbour to be built at Ullapool High School under Topher Dawson’s tutelage.
The order for the second boat at Portobello is also imminent with grant funding having been approved.