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Troon Regatta 2nd June 2018

Troon regatta was held on South Beach on the 2nd June 2018.Arran,Royal West,Prestwick,FOCCRS,Carrick and the two Troon skiffs took part.Heavy fog delayed the start and also the Arran team were delayed due to their ferry from Arran running late.Once the fog cleared racing got underway and an enjoyable day was had by all.

The overall result was a tie between Troon and Arran and after a countback on winning 1st positions in the days races Troon narrowly took 1st place.



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Anster Regatta 2018

Friday 11th May, for those of you who have long memories, was still
Winter: cold, blowy, uncouth and unconducive to enjoying any kind of
great outdoors-ish activity, including rowing.
Saturday 12th dawned and the sun was cracking the flags. All day from
dawn to dusk. The sun shines upon the righteous!


It began with Sheila doing her Carmina Banana act on the road
outside the fabulous pop-up club tearoom in the Sun Tavern. Luckily
there was no traffic at the time…

Karen Traffic, meanwhile, had organised her car park the evening before in the bitter
cold aforementioned, and heaven help anyone who tried to slip past the
sandbagged barriers. No shorter shrift has been known to man/womankind.
This meant that all visiting rowers/towers/ skiffs could easily access the beach in a
day-tripper fish&chippy seaside town where the parking ain’t easy.

After Coxes’ Briefing, where, from the East Pier it looked like 90% of the teams were both
coxing and rowing, the racing got underway…
so efficiently that proceedings had ended and gazebos been struck well within
the programmed time. Smooth running or what!

Farthest flung team was Helmsdale who, according to Karen Traffic’s very on-trend sign,

travelled 217 miles to be with us with Crail coming the least distance at 4 miles.
There was a small drama when Arran, during the Women’s Open, appropriated one of the
course buoys (minus sinker) but the Mighty Flynn was on hand to replace it with a spare!
“Just move it out a bit” someone said.

Apart from Collieston winning the Mixed Novice Race and Broughty the
Men’s Open and the Women’s 60+ it was a clean sweep for Port Seton
& Cockenzie, who looked like thorougbreds throughout.

The prize-giving took place later at Legends, with medals being handed
out by the Fisher Lad and a major sponsor of Anstruther St Ayles,
Elizabeth Gordon from the Community Kist.
He may only be young, but the Fisher Lad did his bit with aplomb.
There was the usual bit of a perty afterwards…

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A Windy Day out in Queensferry – The Results

On May 26th last Queensferry Rowing Club held their Regatta in blustery conditions. We had Clubs from as far West as Arran and Troon and as far North as Portsoy along with crews from the Firths of Forth and Tay. It was a sunny day but there was an Easterly wind blowing which brought a chill to the air.  This was the first Regatta since the completion of the new Queensferry Crossing and a grand backdrop it was.


The race course was from underneath the Road Bridge down to a finger buoy off the harbour wall, along to the harbour wall and then head for home. The fastest race of the day was the Men’s Open with Broughty Ferry coming home in a remarkable time of 7 minutes 34 seconds and that with having issues with their oars on the turn. North Berwick were second in 7 minutes 40 seconds and third were Arran in 8 minutes and nine seconds.


The race course was from underneath the Road Bridge down to a finger buoy off the harbour wall, along to the harbour wall and then head for home. The fastest race of the day was the Men’s Open with Broughty Ferry coming home in a remarkable time of 7 minutes 34 seconds and that with having issues with their oars on the turn. North Berwick were second in 7 minutes 40 seconds and third were Arran in 8 minutes and nine seconds.


We had our usual Andy’s Race in memory of Andy Jarvis, a Rower well known to most clubs throughout Scotland who would Row for whoever would have him.  This race was won by Eskmuthe’s boat with Queensferry coming second and Broughty Ferry coming third.


The day was added to with some wonderful catering and a tombola with a cornucopia of prizes .  All photos from the Queensferry Rowing Club Flikr.…  plenty more great shots to be seen there.


Full Results on This Link


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Row Lochboisdale Results 2018

The first major rowing regatta in the Western Isles was really good. We had skiffs from N Uist, Berneray, Bragar, Barra, Siabost, Lochinver, Ullapool and Brora. Friday night had NE winds of 30 mph which kept the boats off the water and made for some memorable camping. Saturday was much more reasonable and gorgeously sunny. The races started outside the marina breakwater, round a 1.7km triangle and finished within the marina which was exciting for spectators. Lochinver won their first trophies and close racing was had all through the fleet but it was Golspie’s large and fit team of 28 people which prevailed in the end. Ullapool came second and Siabost came third. The hospitality was amazing and really well organised. The marina was a great place for crews to change over and for spectators to enjoy the racing, and the showers are lovely! Well done to Cheryl and Robert Taylor for bringing together the whole community to a relaxed, fun event in a stunning location.



Friday 25th

No rowing due to very high winds into the harbour mouth

Saturday 26th

Race 1 45+ Women 1st Ullapool 2nd Lochinver 3rd Golspie

Race 2 45+ Men 1st An Eathar 2nd Ullapool 3rd Golspie

Race 3 Open Mixed 1st An Eathar 2nd Golspie 3rd Bragar

Race 4 60 + Mixed 1st Ullapool 2nd Golspie 3rd Uist

Race 5 45 + Mixed 1st Golspie 2nd An Eathar 3rd Lochinver

Race 6 60 + Men 1st Ullapool 2nd Golspie 3rd Berneray

Race 7 60 + Women 1st Golspie 2nd Ullapool 3rd Berneray

Race 8 Open Men 1st Golspie 2nd An Eathar 3rd Lochinver

Race 9 Open Women 1st Bragar 2nd Golspie 3rd Lochinver

Total Points:

1st Golspie 28 / 2nd Ullapool 18 / 3rd An Eathar 14 / 4th Bragar 11 /

5th Lochinver 10 / 6th Berneray 8 / 7th Uist 7 / 8th Barra 1

And a great day was had by all!

Robert & Cheryl Taylor

Chair UIst Coastal Rowing ClubRow Lochboisdale Results

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St Ayles in South Africa

Over the past few weeks we have been having a conversation with the Vice Commodore Paul Tomes of Hout Bay Yacht Club, just south of Cape Town.

The result of this was a meeting last night which was attended by approximately 60 people – 40 of whom were from outside the Yacht Club.

Paul’s report on the meeting…

Over 50 people attended our recent presentation to introduce the concept of adding coastal rowing to the waterborne activities at HBYC. The feedback was hugely positive … Hout Bay want to start rowing!…

Alec Jordan has also put us in touch with Robbie Wightman from the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association // and Patrick Groot, from the St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Association of Australia // , both of whom have been immensely helpful as to the best way to set up our own coastal skiff rowing association in South Africa. Plus we have an invitation to enter a South African team in the 2019 St Ayles ‘Skiffie’ World Championships!… who’s game?

…can be found here

Coincidentally there was also interest from near Pietermaritzburg (where there is a very large dam) at the same time as Paul got in touch, and I have also spoken to another customer from a while back near East London who is interested.

So, another continent to be converted, and there is a high possibility of yet another after that! More news on that when things firm up.

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NEW: Youth Trophy for Castle to Crane Race

In celebration of Scotland’s Year of Young People 2018, Castle to Crane Race is introducing a new trophy for the best performance by a crew whose rowers are all aged 25 or under.  The best performance will be judged across all classes and categories (except 50+!!).  When entering Castle to Crane Race simply tick the box to confirm that all rowers are under 25.  The cox must be over 16 (as per standard SCRA rules) but can be any age over that.  Rowers must be at least 14 years of age. Club captains should bear in mind the fairly arduous nature of the race in our relatively heavy boats, and ensure that the rowers are up to the challenge.  All these rowers will be very warmly welcomed into the community, so please spread the word and encourage them to join in.

So lets be having your entries, and lets ensure that our young members get a chance to take part in this fantastic challenge.  Enter by clicking on the logo below:

For clubs who don’t have sufficient boats for extra crews, or who have younger rowers who might not be ready for exposure to a 13 mile race, and indeed for anyone else who fancies a bit more time on the water, on Sunday 16 September we will be having a treasure hunt style expedition.  Crews will row up from the Riverside Museum into the City Centre, with some things to spot and clues to solve, all without pressure of time.  More information about Sunday activities to follow.

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Welcoming Ten New Skiffs to the Fleet

We would like to welcome ten new skiffs to the UK St Ayles Skiff Register this spring.  Hopefully everyone will get a chance to say hello to them on the water:

161 Gunty Plucker, Portaferry Coastal Rowing Club

162 Grace Darling , Bamburgh and Beadnell, black with white sheer strake

and see the report and video in the Northumberland Gazzette.

163 Roon Roak, Portavogie Coastal Rowing Club. Sapphire blue with red sheer strake

164 Loxa, Lossiemouth Coastal Rowing Club. Light blue hull with yellow sheer strake

Loxa Launch. Photo from Lossiemouth CRC facebook page

165  The Witches of Morvern. Morvern Sailing Club

Morvern Sailing Club Skiff rowers group launch of their first skiff, “The Witches of Morvern” : PHoto shared by Miles Welsh to the SCR facebook group

166 Sprite, Eastern ARC. Light grey hull and yellow sheer strake

Sprite on the beach at Porty

167 , Lady Bay,Stranraer, yellow/blue and white

Lady Bay about to hit the water for the first time. Photo from Stranraer Watersports Association Facebook Page.

168, Patrick O’Rouke .Carrick Coastal RC, White Hull; Light and Dark Blue Sheer Strake

169, Black Raven,  Loch Carron Coastal Rowing Association

170  The Governor, South Briggs CRC Donaghadee, White hull – Blue top strake, yellow second strake



The Governor, South Briggs

171  Mystic Wave, Dundrum Coastal Rowing Club,
172 Navajo,  Renegade Coastal Rowing (Ayrshire), varnished hull, turquoise sheer strake.


Finally there is a new skiff built by a private owner which will be rowed mostly on Loch Awe.  Details of that launch to be added here soon.    Well not “finally” really……  there will be more along soon we are sure.

Full listing of the register of skiffs is found on our “Craft Register” tab.

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Entries Open for Castle to Crane 2018


Castle to Crane is a 13 mile open water rowing race from Dumbarton Castle to the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow.  Entries are now open for the 2018 Race which takes place on 15th September 2018.  Entries are limited to 100 boats, so get in early to guarantee your spot.  Entry this year is through:

Webscorer Castle to Crane Race

The race is part of the Clydebuilt Festival, and is held under the Rules of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association.  It is open to fixed seat coastal rowing boats with at least four oars and a cox.  The greatest celebration of rowing in Scotland.

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New St Ayles Skiff for Sale May 2018

Due for completion on at the end of May, this boat is a prototype for a St Ayles version with fitted buoyancy tanks.  She is going to be used for stability and buoyancy testing before sale.  She may therefore be of particular interest to those who are thinking of expedition in more out of the way places, or perhaps for groups who live and race in France,  where our build method is not considered sufficiently “traditional” for the derogation from RCD.

She can be purchased as a bare boat – primed, no floorboards, oars or rudder for £9,950.00. Or  complete to the purchasers specification with footrests, floorboards & rudder painted inside and out to the purchasers choice of colours for £11,800.00.  Available from:

Solent Rowing Boats Limited, Unit 19, The Tanneries, Brockhampton Lane, HAVANT, Hants, PO9 1JB. Contact Mike 077 673 50512; Dave 077 755 17831; Tom 077 429 61444


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Boatie Blest Regatta Results

Tight port hand turns in a race course with hard sides saw excellent coxing being rewarded at Port Seton’s Boatie Blest Regatta on Saturday.  After a bit of a damp start the harbour filled with sufficient water to allow racing to start.  There were 70 races all together as head to head pursuit style matches, led to the fastest four crews in each category going through to knock out semi finals.  Broughty Ferry won the first event, mens open ahead of North Berwick.  The home club won the women’s open, and indeed had the best of the rest of the day.


There was a great turn out of clubs clustered around the small harbour.  North Berwick and Eastern had both rowed their skiffs from their respective home bases to Port Seton Harbour.  As well as Broughty and Boatie they were joined by Newhaven, Row Porty, Eskmuthe, Anstruther, Firth of Clyde, Royal West, St Andrews and Portsoy.

To get more of a feel for the day see the Stunning Set of photos from Allan Robertson,  from which any photos of crews on this post are drawn.

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