Archive for January, 2011
As we reach the end of January, I am about to order more plywood for kits, which gives me a good opportunity to talk to people considering building a St Ayles.
Recent orders – UK…
North Queensferry have confirmed that they will be building with the promise that this is the only race against South Queensferry that they will lose.
Galgael have their second kit which will be built by pupils from Govan High School and Lourdes Secondary School.
Bunillidh Rowing Club in Helmsdale, Sutherland have received their kit, and will be building in former Coastguard premises in the town centre.
MyBus Community Transport in Methil will be confirming their order in a few days. At long last a community build in the home of the skiff!
Port Seton & Cockenzie are paying for a kit to be built at Preston Lodge High School.
There are several other places which are close to being ready to place orders, but who aren’t quite ready to put their money down yet. These include Newburgh, St Monans, and Boarhills in Fife; North Lochs in Lewis, and the first Loch Fyne build at Ardrishaig.
In the USA…
A kit has been delivered to a Community Boat Building project in Peekskil NY, about 40 miles north of Manhattan.
This brings the total in the USA so far to six. There have also been emails to and from a similar project in Oregon, with the word “when” being used rather than “if”. There are also a couple of other schools which have expressed a strong interest in the BARC project.
In the Netherlands…
Bert Reyntjes of de Boutbouwer is building a St Ayles to encourage the take-up of the class on the continent. A second skiff is to be built at the Amsterdam boat show in the first week in March. I am waiting to hear more from Bert, and will hopefully have some pictures from him later in the week.
It hasn’t happened for sure yet, but the Jordan Boats agents there have been having a few more enquiries about the class, and will be doing a “Push” at the Australian Wooden Boat Festival in Hobart next week. They will be helped by Iain Oughtred’s presence at the festival.
A meeting is planned in Troon Library on Tuesday 8th February at 7.00pm to discuss forming a boat building group/club for Troon. All interested members of the public are invited. A boat kit has been donated to the local secondary school Marr College in Troon by Boyd Tunnock of Tunnocks Biscuits and premises to build it are being looked for in the town. Carrick Academy in Maybole has also been donated a boat kit by a local resident and this is going to be built in the school next term. A further boat is going to be purchased soon by a group from Ayr who intend doing some rowing for charity (more about this later). Interest in the project has also been received from Girvan and residents of the town and district can contact the number below to get more information on this.
If you are interested in getting involved in building and rowing a boat for your town or community in South Ayrshire contact:
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Development Worker
Yes, you read that right – the name boat for the class finally took to the water at Anstruther on a blustery and cold day, becoming the 12th St Ayles Skiff to be launched.
This skiff was originally started by Alec Jordan with five students from Adam Smith College in Kirkcaldy. The hull was built over last winter by the students, and after they finished college in the summer, she was completed by members of the Scottish Fisheries Museum Boats Club, who more normally spend their time maintaining the Reaper and the White Wing.
The Boats Club have made some changes from the original design, some worked well, others need a little bit of adjustment.
There are going to be quite a few more skiffs launched in the coming weeks – watch this space!
Stornoway Rowing Club are not going to let the lack of a boat stop them having their first rowing race. The club has recently been formed with the intention of building and racing St Ayles skiffs in the waters around the Western Isles town. Fundraising is well under way, and the club hopes that its sponsored row on Saturday 29 January will raise sufficient funds to allow them to purchase their first St Ayles kit.
The challenge will take place at the Co-op supermarket in the town. The rowers will start pulling on a rowing machine at 2pm, the same time as the ferry “Isle of Lewis” leaves the town for the mainland. The rowers hope to complete their virtual 50 mile voyage before the ferry reaches Ullapool. Any supporters are warmly invited to cheer them on and to make a donation, as they race the Isle in the aisles for an Ayles. (thank you , I will get my jacket).
The club now have a website: http://stornowayrowingclub.wordpress.com/
Was it to do with the short oars? Was it the steel pins?
I think it may have more to do with their dedication – slightly belatedly, some pictures of what the good rowers of Port Seton and Cockenzie were up to on the 2nd of January, and their dedication when the temperature falls.
In anticipation of getting back on the road in 2011, here are a couple of links to British Rowing and Scottish Rowing which provide a summary of the Legislation regarding towing, and equally importantly, the regulations regarding the kind of Driving Licence needed to tow legally. Please make your Club members aware of them. The links will be placed on the “documents” tab of this website.
Happy New year to you all. Looking back, 2010 was a great year for the Scottish Coastline, with the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association formed in May, rowing regattas held around the coastline for the first time in decades, and eleven St Ayles skiffs completed. Congratulations to all the communities who have become involved, and discovered something of their heritage and their future in the process.
We are delighted that the St Ayles skiff design, specifically commissioned by the Scottish Fisheries Museum for the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project, has now gone international. With the confirmation of interest from a school in New York, the ”Boatbuilding and Rowing Challenge”, kick started by US magazine Woodenboat, now has six schools on the Eastern Seaboard involved, with more interest sure to come in 2011. Add to this one kit ordered by a boat builder in the Netherlands, and a set of plans being sent to Australia to build from scratch, there are now eight overseas St Ayles skiffs projects in progress.
Talking of overseas, or rather over the Minch, Stornaway has ordered a kit, and there is some interest from elsewhere in the Western Isles. More mainland communties have also been busy organising to get to the stage where they can place an order and start building. Helmsdale in Sutherland has become the northernmost community on the Scottish mainland to become involved. Hopefully other communities in the far north will take up the challenge from their neighbours to build and row in St Ayles skiffs. North Queensferry is set to join other communities on the Firth of Forth with a skiff of their own. Galgael, an organisation who use boat building to develop links between communities in Glasgow, has ordered a second St Ayles skiff for their schools project.
The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association is happy for the boat builders of Newcastle to join our Association, which means that there are thirty seven St Ayles either finished, in build or as ordered kits and eligible to join in with the Association and race in 2011.
At least three boats are very close to their launch dates. Anstruther 2, Dunbar and Greenock 1 all expect to lauch in the next few weeks.
So, we all look forward to welcoming the fleet onto the water in 2011, and wish all the communties becoming involved all the best for their own projects.