Skiffing the Light Fantastic with Girvan Coastal Rowing Club


Girvan Coastal Rowing Club pushed the boat out this November: participating in the annual Carrick Festival of Light, with 2018 featuring a sparkling lantern parade celebrating 350 years of Girvan’s Burgh status.  Under a starry sky, led by a piper, Girvan rowers carried their ¾ size lantern skiff-with-a-difference through the streets to the Prom to marvel at the grand, extravagant finale: blazing fire sculptures on the beach.

The Girvan skiff-lantern was among hundreds of lanterns reflecting Girvan past and present: sharks and fishes; ice cream cones and a Punch & Judy stall, SS Waverley paddle steamer, a flotilla of small boats; lighthouses, a giant Girvan Suffragette the RNLI lifeboat boats and many beautifully designed lanterns. Carrick Rural Arts Group organises funding and professional artists to lead the annual Festivals of Light.

The skiff lantern, constructed of environmentally-friendly paper and willow, was built over a number of weeks by a team of Girvan rowers, led by coxswain Ian McClymont, who spent 40 + hours crafting this craft using alternative boat-building skills! Girvan Coastal Rowing Club hope to put their paper skiff on display at (or perhaps in George Wyllie paper boat style, IN) Girvan Harbour in springtime 2019.  See more photos of the Lantern Parade at Girvan Coastal Rowing Club Facebook page.  Photo credits Shirley Tennant and David Wilson.

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