Regular denizens of this site may have seen a quiet update or two going on in the Craft Register in the past 10 days or so – there have been several new developments in Skiffiedom worldwide. I made the announcement on these new developments at Ullapool on Saturday night, but if you weren’t there, here is your update!
Here in Scotland, Coigach Community Rowing have finally bitten the bullet with an order for their second skiff.
In Maine, Ellsworth High School have ordered two skiffs. I am reliably informed that this school is something of a leader in what happens around Penobscot Bay, so it is likely that their entry into the fray will galvanise activity.
In Australia, skiffs have been ordered by the Welsh Church in Melbourne, to give Gosforth an Australian counterpart, and also Armfields Slip, a community boating project in Goolwa in S Australia.
For me, the icing on the cake has been the order from a community group in the village of Blakeney in Norfolk. There is also interest from neighbouring villages, so we can hope for a small cluster of skiffs in Norfolk which may eventually grow. I have also had more chats with interested people in Essex and Dorset
Around Scotland, there has been new interest from Wick, Whitehills, and Garliestown.
These recent sales bring the total number of kits sold around the world to 84. There have been some discussions with people in other countries – watch this space! With a little luck, we may see our total number of skiffs hit 100 by the third anniversary of the launch of the prototype at the end of October.