Portaferry Proudly Launch “Gilpin”


Portaferry launched the seventh St Ayles skiff in Northern Ireland at the weekend.  She is named  “Gilpin”  a local name given to a young saithe,  a fish which comes from the cod family. 

This is one of nine St Ayles’ Skiffs being built along the coast, from Donaghadee to Dundrum as part of a community and tourism initiative developed by the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP) with the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI). Picture by Bernie Brown from the Down Coastal Rowing Club facebook page.

Hardy lot in Northern Ireland, clearly wrapped up against the cold in the photo above and delighted to say that there will be St Ayles skiff racing over the Christmas Holidays.  Dundrum will host local skiffs on 27 December.  Skiffies should contact Michael McGlennon to register their teams interest 07818 010 571.

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