Gosforth launched St Ayles skiff number 23 shortly after 10am Saturday 10 September 2011. The launch took place from the beach in the tidal harbour at Cullercoats. The builders were joined by their supporters and locals who were attracted by the colourful scene.
After the traditional naming ceremony and blessing, “Grace” was toasted with Lindisfarne mead and the first crew set off into the North Sea with the Northumbrian flag flying proudly from the bow. The sea conditions were relatively benign prior to the remnants of a hurricane due to arrive tomorrow.
Grace made several trips throughout the morning as crews changed to give everyone at least one experience of coastal rowing. As we had seen at Anstruther and North Berwick the skiff rode the swell well giving confidence to the inexperienced. Two new locals were enthused enough to row and another three are keen.
Weather permitting we will refine our footrests and the lashing to the kabes over the next two weeks as we quickly get in some practice. We will then take Grace to proudly join the other St Ayles skiffs rowing the Tweed on 25 September 2011 to say thank you for their support and encouragement.
Gosforth Coastal Rowing