The East Neuk of Fife has a string of stunning and picturesque villages along its coast. Anstruther, home to the Scottish Fisheries Museum, (the Patrons of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association who commissioned the St Ayles skiff design from Ian Oughtred) already have two skiffs on the water. Next season they are going to be joined by their neighbours on both sides. Pittenweem to the west have been steadily building away, and are now on the final stage of fit out.
The small village of Crail to the East of Anstruther will be familiar to anyone who has ever bought a calendar, a dish towel or a jigsaw. The image of the village’s harbour with crow step gabled houses behind must be one of the most popular in the Scottish tourist industry. However next year the view is going to be enhanced, by the addition of a gorgeous St Ayles skiff in the foreground.
The local rowing club, known as “Crail Crabbers” are making great progress in their St Ayles skiff build, having found a new home in September. Below are pictures of the skiff builders in action.
The keel has now been laid and the Crail Crabber craftsmen are looking forward to breaking the skiff out from her moulds and turning her over for fit out. The Crabbers intend to be on the water in the Spring and racing on the Scottish Coastal Rowing Circuit in the summer of 2012.
Keep up with the Crail Crabbers on their website: http://crailcrabbers.wordpress.com/
The rest of Fife is not going to be left behind. Skiff building projects are underway in Newburgh, North Queensferry and Aberdour. Any other towns of villages who want to join the coastal rowing scene next year will be made most welcome.