Project Launch


The Crew from Methil Sea Cadets practicing. Two of the crew had not rowed the St Ayles before the big day.


Dr Robert Prescott introduces the St Ayles.


Alec Jordan & Iain Oughtred

Under a brilliant blue sky. the first St Ayles Skiff was officially revealed to the world at the Scottish Fisheries Museum.  Initially crewed by cadets and adult staff from Methil Sea Cadets, she was introduced by Dr Robert Prescott, Chairman of National Historic Ships and Honorary Vice President of the Scottish Fisheries Museum.

After the brief introduction, various crews from around Scotland took her for a test row, and all came back to the beach with positive or even ecstatic reaction to her qualities.


The Portobello syndicate sample what they will be building.

The pictures speak for themselves, and more are expected from other snappers who were there.  With luck, there will be some video of her on YouTube later on Sunday.


A scratch crew comprising Edinburgh boatbuilder Charlie Hussey, a Portobello man, Iain Oughtred, Richard Pierce of Luing, coxed by one of the many helpers Brian Swan.

  1. #1 by Thomas Herion on 1 November 2009 - 10:33 pm

    What an exciting success! She looks brillant , with that slight water running from her harmonic back –
    Congratulations! i really wonder, how she would sail under a light lug rig…
    Thomas Herion

  2. #2 by Frank Wood on 6 May 2013 - 9:35 pm

    North Queensferry Coastal Rowing club launch their second Skiff on saturday 11th May at 2-30 pm .

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