Calling Picnic Class Boats for the Freshwaters


The main focus for the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association is and will remain the St Ayles Skiff, a class of rowing boat for four rowers and a cox  which has brought a great deal of pleasure to many who have built or rowed one.   However the recent Caslte to Crane race is a reminder that other boats are in the Scottish Coastal Rowing fleet and for the interest of skiffies and skiffbuilders  we will once again arrange races for  the SCRA “Picnic Class” of one rower skiff at the Freshwater Sprints.

The Picnic Class is a development class and a wide variety of craft will qualify under the class rules.  Essentially the constraints are that the boats should be “fixed seat” and no more than 5 meters long.  The rowlocks should be at the gunnel (no “outriggers”).   The beam should not be too narrow, both because a really narrow beam will mean that only peedie oars can be used, and also because insufficient beam will compromise stability, all entertainingly tested on the day by the “Stability test”.    More details can be found in the Picnic Class measurement rules .   Some boats that already exist will be deemed to meet the class rules even if they are outwith the exact measurements.  These include the  Royal West of Scotland Boat Club’s historic “Sixteens”, and rowporty’s Drakes.

There will be a race for Men and a race for Women in the Picnic Class at the 2017 Freshwater Sprints.  Races will be over a straight “drag race” type course of around 300 meters.  Competitors need to be members of an SCRA club  and all boats will require to have third party insurance in place for the event.

Closing date for entries for the picnic class races  is 21 October.  The Freshwaters are on 28 October.  We really hope that we get a number and variety of these one rower boats turning up, so get your entry in early.

See the Freshwater Sprints Notice of Race (published shortly) for more details.

See last years report from the picnic class races.

All photos by Jon Gerrard.

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