Celebrate with the St Ayles Skiff World Champions 2019

While we celebrate our communities, and the inclusiveness and welcoming nature of our sport, now is the time to recognise that some of our crews trained very hard, got their technique spot on, and managed to qualify for finals and then get from A to A, via B, quicker than the rest of us.  More than 700 crews entered skiff worlds.  Our champions have beaten international competition, and have earned the right to call themselves the best St Ayles skiff rowers in their categories.  More information on categories in the Rules of Racing

The following are 2019 World Champions in the St Ayles Skiff:

Mixed Open A :  North Berwick

Mixed Open B:  Strangford

Women Open:   Boatie Blest

Men Open:  North Berwick

40+ Mixed:  Boatie Blest

40+  Women:  Broughty Ferry

40+ Men:  Dundrum

U19 Mixed:  Woudrichem

U19 Women:  Dundrum

U19 Men: Woudrichem

50+ Mixed:  Golspie

50+ Women: Dundrum

50+ Men:  Dundrum

U40 Men:  Eastern

U40 Women:  Sketrick

U17 Mixed: Dundrum

U17 Women:  Dundrum

U17 Men:  Ullapool

60+ Mixed:  Sketrick

280+ Mixed :  Strangford

60+ Men:  Sketrick

60+ Women:  Eastern

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Photos Photos Photos

There is a great set of photos on the SkiffieWorlds 2019 Facebook Page. Here is a small selection of boat ones……. All Photos by by Saskia Coulson / CT Productions

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Skiffieworlds 2019: The Points Competition

Congratulations to all the crews who are entitled to call themselves World Champions.  Listed in another post, these crews come from Dundrum, Sketrick, Eastern, North Berwick, Strangford, Woudrichem, Boatie Blest, Ullapool, Broughty Ferry and Golspie. 

A points competition is run throughout the week of Skiffieworlds, with points awarded to every crew in each category, depending where they come in their heat, repechage or final.  Each club’s best six results out of the categories count towards the total for that club. Results of the points competition are below. Well done to all crews who contributed points towards their club. Congratulations to Dundrum at the top of the table, and to Woudrichem, highest ranked overseas club.

Individual results from every race are available on Webscorer – search “Webscorer Skiffieworlds 2019” and the category you are looking for. (And you can print off a certificate with your result!) 

PositionClubTotal best 6 results
4North Berwick 215
5=WSV Woudrichem (Ned)214
7St. Ayles210
8Boatie Blest209
10Broughty Ferry201
18Land van Altena (Ned)169
25Royal West155
32Living Boat Trust (Aus)131
33Lake Champlain USA127
34St. Andrews125
36Row Porty107
38AAW Bristol99
42ZMV De Zuidwal (Ned)83
45North Queensferry80
47Ayle of Quinte (Canada)78
55EBO (California)17
Pic of Dundrum crew – Photo by Saskia Coulson / CT Productions

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Worlds Day 6

A craking final day of racing with clear sunshine and a wind screaming straight down the course giving us white horses in true coastal rowing style. Crews had to pull just to stay on the start line, and then haul away hard on the bouncy racecourse to get to their turning mark. Turns were tighter than in mild conditions, as bows were whipped round by the wind. Well drilled crews with experience of this sort of condition managed to catch some of the waves and surf on them for a few stroked, jumping up the positions on the return leg.

Congratulatoins to all the crews who took on the conditions, and to the coxes especially, who were commended by the chief umpire for their skill. Thank you to all those on the beach who helped the crews in and out, often getting completely soaked in the process. Full results of all races can be found on Webscorer (search “Webscorer skiffieworlds 2019” together with the heat, repechage or final that you are looking for).

Open Mixed A, won by North Berwick, with a photo finish between Dundrum (second) and Eastern (third).

Under 17 Girls did a tremendous job, and deserve praise and recognition for braving the course, so well done Deveron, Carrick and Stranraer for getting out there even although you did not get a medal. Third place went to Strangford, second to Eastern, with Dundrum taking the gold.

In the Under 19 Mixed FOCCR won a bronze medal and Ullapool got the Silver. Gold went to Woudrichem, one of the visiting Dutch clubs.

Open Mixed B had heat, repechage and final all on the same day. A tough schedule for some of the competitors, especially given the conditions. In the final Strangford romped away, with the biggest winning margin of the week…. 34 seconds. Broughty Ferry were second and Avoch were third. Click here for full results of the final.

Congratulations to Dundrum who won the points competition, based on a clubs best six results over the course of the week. Woudrichem, fifth equal overall in the points table, were rewarded with an extremely special prize as best overseas club.

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Worlds Day 5

Friday was expected to be a bit wild and windy. And it was. The strong wind started the day as a head wind out the North West, sending white horses down the loch towards the start line. Even launching was tricky, and many hands were needed to help with recovery with a swift exit required to avoid waves running into both sides of the skiff and over the cox.

And the first crews to brave the conditions were the Under 17s. As Rory Chief Umpire said during the prize giving, the bravery of the youngsters gave confidence to the adults going out later!

The Under 17s raced a 1000m course. They were kept pointing to the wind until given the go, when they turned to starboard and rode the white horse rollercoaster back to the normal finish line. Congratulations to all the youngsters who completed the challene for their clubs: Broughty Ferry, Avoch, FOCCR, Strangford, Queensferry (third), Dundrum (second) and Ullapool (First).

U19 Girls was won by Dundrum, followed by Ullapool and Avoch.

U19 Boys was a popular win for Woudrichem, followed by Strangford and Ullapool.

Open A mixed heats and repechage took place, determining who will be in Saturday’s final.

The wind backed slightly as the day went on, and came to blow more from the shore. Boatie Blest won the women’s open final late afternoon, with Dundrum in Second and St Ayles, who had qualified through the repechage, in third: full results.

For full results of all races, punch Webscorer Skiffieworlds 2019 into your search engine.

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Happy 10th Birthday to the St Ayles Skiff

SCRA hosted a reception at Stranraer Rugby club to mark 10 years since the concept and design of the St Ayles skiff. Guests of honour were David Todd and Iain Goodyear from the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Alec Jordan of Jordan Boats, and Iain Oughtred renowned small boat designer. The rest of the party was made up of builders and users of these magnificent craft. Also at the party was Chris o’Kanaird, the prototype for the class, built by Alec Jordan and Chris Perkins and now part of the Scottish Fisheries Museum collection.

David Todd spoke of the museum looking for a boat building project, and being willing to invest in the idea. Alec Jordan explained the concept for community built rowing boats, and showed a remarkable graphic of the spread of the class in the 10 years since the design. Iain Oughtred explained to origin and influences on the design. Alec and Iain were presented with SCRA quaichs as a token of thanks from the skiff community.

The fact that this party took place at an international championships involving 700 crews all rowing in boats built to the design clearly demonstrates the suitability of the design that has been gifted to us, the skiff building and skiff rowing community. Congratulations to that community for investing in and evangalising about all things St Ayles Skiff, and creating the amazing international phenomena that we all enjoy. Thank you again to those who were involved in bringing the class about.

Chris o’Kanaird

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Worlds: Day 4

A big day of racing. Some lively conditions compared to previous days with a NW wind blowing in to Loch Ryan.

The U17 Mixed was the first final of the day, held over a 1km course. Congratulations to winners Dundrum, and to Eastern and Killyleigh who came second and third respectively. Well done to all those who took part from Queensferry, FOCCR, Strangford, Ullapool, Avoch, Carrick and Deveron. Full results on Webscorer.

Quite possibly the closest race ever at the worlds saw four boats crossing within just over a second of each other. Boatie Blest won the 40+ mixed by half a second over North Berwick, with third place shared between Eastern and Woudrichem. Full results on Webscorer.

North Berwick won the men’s Open.

With expected weather disruption on Friday, the finals of the Men and Women 50+ were brought forward to Thursday night.

Mens 50+ Won by Dundrum, Sketrick second and Woudrichem third. Full results of final on Webscorer.

Women 50+ won by Dundrum, second Woudrichem, third Strangford.

For full results of all races, type “Webscorer Skiffieworlds 2019” into your search engine.

More to follow………

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Worlds: Day 3

A variety of conditions, but fairly calm overall with an offshore light wind at times giving a slight side wind for the crews. Turns needed to be tight, with occasional time penalties being given where crews failed to stay in their own lanes at the turn.

We had three finals with results as follows:

Mixed 50+ Final First Golspie, Second Sketrick, Third Equal: Crail and Dundrum

Mixed 280+ Final First Strangford, Second Dunbar, Third St Ayles

Mixed 60 + Final First Sketrick, Second Alnmouth, Third Dundrum

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Worlds Day 2

Tuesday started driech, but decent sea and wind conditions made for enjoyable racing. With poor visibility there was a risk that racing might need to be changed to time trials….. Mass races would not be started if the coxes were unable to see the turn marks 1km down the course. However visibility improved, so a full days racing could take place.

All racing was under the new format including repechage. With four heats in each of the events raced, the first three in each heat went straight into the final, and the next three in each heat went into the repechage for a second chance to reach the final….. the first three in the repechage going through. This of course adds another tight race into the programme. The repechage results were as follows:

Men 40+ Repechage KYC, Coigach and Orkney went through to the final

Women 40+ Repechage Woudrichem, Burghead and Eskmuthe went through to the final.

Mixed 50+ Repechage Dundrum, Alnmouth and North Berwick go through to final on Wednesday

There were two finals held on Tuesday, the Men 40+ and Women 40+. Excellent to see a new gold medal winning club, in Broughty Ferry whose women dominated their final. Congratulations to Dundrum who won the Men 40+ final. Special mention for a great result from local Hippo Coastal Rowing Club from Gareleston, who came 12th in the final, in their fist ever regatta as a club.

Results of Women 40+ Final

Results of Men 40+ Final

Results of all the heats are available on the Webscorer App. The lighter side of skiff community was shown with various duck related events including a skiff parade.

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St Ayles Skiff International

In a great development for the St Ayles skiff class of Coastal Rowing Boat, four existing national associations have agreed to form an International Class Association, with a view to promoting the Class worldwide, ensuring the continuing success of Skiffiworlds, and keeping the same high standards wherever St Ayles skiffs are raced.

A Minute of Agreement was signed at Skiffieworlds 2019 by Robert Graham of Down Coastal Rowing Association (the Class Association for All Ireland), Jim Barr representing the Australian St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Association, Andrew Rendle, secretary of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, and Kees van Vugt of the Dutch St Ayles Rowing Association. The agreement brings mutual recognition for each of the Associations and commits them to working together for the International Association. During the week, it is hoped that other international groups will support the work of the four member associations.

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