Following 18 months build phase, Findhorn Coastal Rowing Club on the Moray Firth launched their St. Ayles Skiff ‘Joppa’ yesterday. ‘Joppa’, the name locals use to refer to Findhorn, was built by a small dedicated team including skilled boatbuilder Frank Whyte, whose father before him carried on the tradition of boatbuilding in Findhorn.
The weather couldn’t have been better yesterday and ‘Joppa’ was officially named by team member Celia Shand. Blest with the traditional quaich filled with the water of life, ‘Joppa’, boat number 98 was welcomed into the silky waters of the firth by skiffs and crew from Ardesier, Avoch, Burghead, Portsoy and Collieston rowing clubs.
Celebrations continued through the afternoon with relaxed rowing, shore side songs, an evening ceilidh and that skiffing community launch day magic of a job well done.