Stranraer welcomes St Ayles Skiff World Championships 2019

Stranraer and Loch Ryan

Stranraer is about to become the centre of traditional coastal rowing, as it welcomes rowers of St Ayles Skiffs for their three yearly world championships . The opening ceremony is on Sunday 7th July. Racing starts on Monday 8 July, and runs through to Saturday 13 July. This is the third championships, previous editions having taken place in Ullapool (2013) and Strangford Lough (2016).

An astonishing seven hundred crews have entered, making this quite possibly the largest coastal rowing regatta ever held in the UK. Scottish communities are well represented by clubs, and are joined by clubs that have traveled from Northern Ireland, England, South Africa, Netherlands, USA, Australia and Canada.

The course is 2000m long over an “out and back” format. Each heat and final has 15 lanes. There are around 100 races over the course of the week, with finals on every one of the days. Medals will be awarded in 22 age and gender categories.

This is a fantastic celebration of community sport. Even if you are not lucky enough to be racing please do come and join in with the shore side festivities and cheer on the crews. For all the information you need please check the Skiffieworlds website, and facebook page.

Skiffieworlds2013 at Ullapool

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