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Lochboisdale Regatta 25th and 26th May 2018

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SCRA Green Flag Awards

In a new initiative, SCRA clubs can apply to be awarded a splendid green flag to recognise initiatives that reduce the impact of our events on the marine environment……  if possible leaving it in a better state than we find it.

If your club wants to get their hands on one of these prized trophies, the procedure is very simple.  After your event submit a report (with results and a few photos) for publication on this website.  In the report just give us a couple of sentences on the steps taken to reduce your impact on the environment, and how successful they were.  Send your report to .  Lovley green flags will then be awarded at the discretion of the SCRA committee.

By way of an example and to kick matters off Green Flags are going to be awarded to St Ayles Rowing Club of Anstruther and to Isle of Seil Coastal Rowing Club for innovations at their 2017 events.

Anstruther have always taken care to minimise their impact, and have been asking visitors to bring their own mugs with them to share in the Anstruther cake and tea splendour**.  They went further in 2017 by specifically putting one of their members in charge of recyicling any waste that was generated at their regatta. Rather than buying in any plastic they went to their local charity shop to buy up mugs, plates, cutlery really cheaply on the promise that they would donate it back after the event! 

Isle of Seil Coastal Rowing Club’s 2017 event was all about improving the local environment.  Rather than organising a regatta, for the last three years the club and visitors have mustered on local islands to clean them up.  The club are assisted in this endevour by a grant from a local trust, to whom the club sends in before-and-after pictures with coordinates, number of bags filled,  and number people involved.

** for those of you attending the SCRA development weekend at Anstruther, if you forget to bring your own mug, you will be able to purchase for the bargain price of £5 an SCRA mug for you to keep and impress your friends and family with when you get home.

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Our thanks to all clubs who have responded in such a positive manner to the Development Weekend and to the speakers who have been so willing of their time.

We have had to make a small change to the scheduled programme and the “Irish Perspective” given by members of the Irish Coastal Rowing Federation  will now take place from 5pm on the Saturday.
Would those club members who would wish to attend this re-arranged session , please advise
To those who had chosen this session for the Sunday morning please advise which alternative session you would like to attend.

Now that all but a few original interested parties have made their selections – we are pleased to announce that there is sufficient space to invite an additional 20 club members. This will be on a first come first served basis…….. and that includes submitting the payment and making the session choices. (And you can count it as part 1 of your initiative test to work out how to do that……  ask your own club secretary if necessary.  If your club is a member of SCRA they will have received and e mail about it).  Please do not delay.
In all instances please advise the SCRA secretary at address above.

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English St Ayles Skiff Series 2018

20 May 2018:  Hanseatic Festival Regatta King’s Lynn, (North Norfolk)

3 June 2018 Blyth Maritime Regatta (North East)

8 June 2018 Langstone Harbour Sprints  (Solent)

9 June 2018  Cockleshell Challenge from Eastney (Solent)

17th June 2018:  Round Hayling Rowing Race (Solent)




English Skiffies would like to invite St Ayles skiffs from England and beyond along to some racing events in the first half of the season.

First up we have the Hanseatic Festival Regatta at Kings Lynn, celebrating the maritime history of the area and the links with other members of the Hanseatic league an organisation which showed that the sea is something that unites us, rather than divides us………….. a concept that is really at the heart of what we do with our St Ayles skiffs.

Use the links above to contact the organisers or try and get your entries in promptly (as there is a cap on entries)  There are three races, one each for men, women and mixed.  The races are each 2 miles along the waterfront, around and under a bridge starting and finishing off the historic Purfleet Quay and Customs House.    Crews are welcome to launch and use skiffs the day before for a bit of exploration.  The Norfolk Broads are fairly near at hand too, should there be a desire for a water borne tour before or after.

Blyth Coastal Rowing Club, to the North of Newcastle are running St Ayles skiff races as part of the Blyth Maritime Regatta.  We will add more details here when we have them, or contact the club through facebook.

Next up we have two days of rowing at Eastney on the South Coast, under the auspices of Eastney Cruising Association.

On the 9th June 2018 there are short sprints in Langstone Harbour for the one design classes, Cornish Pilot Gigs and St Ayles Skiffs, and on the 10th there is a multi class 7 mile race around one of the Solent forts in the “Cockleshell Challenge”.  Details in the poster above…..  please get in touch directly.

Finally in the same area and on the following weekend we have the Round Hayling Rowing Race on Sunday 17 June 2018:

Round Hayling Race

This is a testing 13 Mile race, where St Ayles Skiffs will have the chance to meet up with other classes of boats, including Pilot Gigs, Solent Galleys, Bursledon Gigs and Harker’s Yard Gigs.  It is organised by Langstone Adventure Rowing, Langstone Cutters Rowing Club and Langstone Cutters Gig Club.  The Round Hayling ‘Flag’ Rowing Race Starts and Finishes will be in the ‘New Cut’ on the North Side of the Hayling Island, proceeding in a clockwise direction around the Island, in order to row with the tidal flow along the sea front. Because the race is rowed over a course that includes 5 mile Solent Seafront section,  should the  wind speed and direction create safety issues a shorter (11 mile) ‘in harbour’ course is rowed inside the Chichester Harbour. Whatever the weather the race is rowed! Each boat must be equipped with a VHF radio and Competent Cox (age 18+) experienced at open sea rowing.  For fun, to provide a spectacle and for safety reasons, each boat is required to fly a 3’x2’ flag.  The Record Time for a St Ayles Skiff is held by CRA Blakeney. Full details are up on the website: , contact the organisers directly to express your interest.

It would of course be great if Dutch, Scottish and Irish Crews could support some or all of these events as well as fellow English skiffies, in the hope that we can build up a widespread calendar of one design St Ayles Skiff racing events in England.  Please contact the SCRA secretary if you would like your St Ayles skiff event advertised as part of the series.

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SCRA Youth Regatta Series – NEW Dates Added!

The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association is thrilled to announce two new additions to this year’s Youth Regatta Series!

Carrick Coastal Rowing Club will be adding a Youth Regatta to their Exciseman’s Chase event in Maidens on 8th September. This is a very popular regatta in the South West region and is also part of the wider SCRA South West Challenge! A month later, Deveron Coastal Rowing Club will be hosting their second Youth Regatta, this time in Banff, on 6th October.

These dates, added to the existing five events announced last month, make the Youth Regatta Series even bigger than when it was launched in 2017. We now have three regattas in the North Circuit and four in the South Circuit, starting off with the Portobello Youth Regatta, hosted by Eastern Amateur Rowing Club on Saturday 7th April. See you there!

Full details of how to sign up to these events can be found on our event calendar here:

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SCRA Coxing Course (South West) – Largs

The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association is delighted to invite clubs to attend a Coxing Course in Largs on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April 2018!

This is an introductory course, aimed at novice coxes, which will cover basic coxing skills such as communication, safety and managing crews, and will be a mix of classroom-based learning and on-the-water training (weather permitting).

SCRA clubs in the South West region will be each be allocated two places in the first instance and will be able to apply to send more members if extra places become available. Clubs should send the names of their delegates to by 20th March to book their places. Any remaining places will then be allocated.

The course will take place at Largs Sailing Club within Largs Yacht Haven, where there will be lunch provided on both days at a small cost (details given on booking). Firth of Clyde Coastal Rowing Club are facilitating the course which will be delivered by SCRA instructors.

This is a great opportunity for representatives to bring a new skill-set back to their clubs ahead of a busy regatta season!

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Boatie Blest Coastal Rowing Club Regatta 2018 (28th April)

The regatta season is about to begin, the “Monaco of Scottish Coastal Rowing” is back again this year for the 7th time. Boatie Blest will be hosting the short, oval course again this year where crews battle out to win in a pursuit around a tight harbor course. Races take approx 2 mins 30 to complete but in this time crews must start and complete not one but two 180 degree turns, and two “slight” long bends. The tight gap between the harbors test the coxswains and the rowers nerve: a rare race where the spectators can judge which crew is winning or loosing when the crew often cannot. The races are an unusual format for Scottish Coastal Rowing as crews race head to head to progress, with wins in up to 3 rounds of racing needed if you are to be crowned the champions. A must see day out at Port Seton where there is guaranteed to be close racing, good spectating, lots of shouting and the occasional poor turn leading to an almost inevitable race defeat for some!
Races kick off around 11am – with over 70 races planned to go ahead during the day it will be action packed and non-stop. The Boatie Bakers will be out in force again supplying the energy needed to keep the rowers and spectators going.
Clubs wishing to attend can fill in the attached entry form and send to the email address provided.
To wet the appetite below is a link to Youtube where Portobellos Intermediate crew demonstrate the course with some fine footage.
Intermediate Mixed Team in Competition at Port Seton Regatta 2017

Club Entry Form – 2018

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Who will Win at the Victorian St Ayles Championships?


A lovely skiff trophy is up for grabs in Victoria, Australia this weekend.    Along with the Australian whale boat championships the event forms part of the South West Regatta, which will take place on the Hopkins River.  More information at the following link:

Good luck to the organisers and all the rowers.


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SCRA Youth Regatta Series Returns for Second Year

The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association are excited to announce the return of our Youth Regatta Series which was born in 2017 as a concept aimed at creating specific events for younger rowers to compete in.

This year we have seven confirmed dates with three regattas in the North Circuit and four in the South. It all kicks off on 7th April with Eastern Amateur Rowing Club’s regatta at Portobello, followed by events in Broughty Ferry, The Black Isle (Avoch and Cromarty), Ullapool, The Firth of Clyde (Largs), Maidens (Carrick) and Banff.

All dates are on the poster below and full details including how to register can be found on our Event Calendar here:

Could your club be a Youth Regatta host next year? Get in touch at!


Read about last year’s Youth Regatta Series here:

Avoch –

Deveron / Portsoy –

Largs –

North Berwick –

Ullapool –

SCRA Youth Series 2017…….. and 2018?


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Round Hayling Rowing Race 2018 Sunday 17th June

round hayling race poster 2018

The 2018 Round Hayling Rowing Race… the tough race for Gigs, Galleys and Skiffs – with trophies for all is back…

So here is the date: Sunday 17th June:

High Water is around 15.00 so the Coxes Meeting will be at 12.00 and boats start racing from 11.00 onward…

As last year, there is a full range of trophies, now with an added incentive for the more mature rowers – a 60+ Supervets class!

Awards of an Adventure Shield to crews for:

1. Fastest Round the Island
2. First Across the Line on Handicap
3. Fastest Ladies
4. Fastest Vets Crew (50+)
5. Fastest Supervets (60+)
6. Fastest Cornish Pilot Gig
7. Fastest St Ayles Skiff
8. Fastest Solent Galley
9. Fastest Bursledon Gig
10. Fastest Harker’s Yard Gig
11. Juniors (Under 18)
12. Sportsman’s Trophy

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