St Ayles skiffs have made forays onto fresh water, or at least brackish water already, with gatherings at for instance Whittader reservoir, and on the Rivers Tweed and Tay. However a group seeking to build a boat with a home port away from the sea is a new development (not counting Gosforth, who tend to take their skiff to the sea for use!). Scotland does of course have some pretty massive lochs, which can throw up their own challenges and a significant wave or two. These lochs also have communities around them which will appreciate the community effort of working together to build a boat, row it, and look after it.
An article appeared in “The Villagers” a community paper covering the communities around Lochs Voil, Lubnaig and Earn, asking if anyone would be interested in building and using a St Ayles skiff in the area. A group has now been established around the village of Balquidder, with a view to starting a community skiff building project on the shores of Loch Voil. The group would love to welcome others interested in becoming involved in the project. In the first instance please contact Fearghas Mckay by e mail: firstname.lastname@example.org