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Prestwick Regatta Results 2019

So the results are in from this friendly Clyde regatta. Prestwick were joined by neighbouring clubs Arran, Carrick, FOCCR, Renegade, Troon and Stranraer. Nice for Stranraer to be able to travel to their first regatta since the Worlds. Rowers from Cumbrae CRC were rowing with the Renegade squad. Arran had the longest journey and the strongest squad, registering wins in Open Men, Novice, 220+ Men and 220+ Women. FOCCR registered wins in Mixed Decades and “Random” (happy to hear what that category was about!). Results below. Great photo report on Arran CRC Facebook Page.

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14th December

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Skiff Apollo for Sale

The asking price is £13,500 which is for the boat on its trailer, with its oars, its rudder and ancillaries (4 x paddles, anchor, chain & rope, 2 x 7m painters, 2 x bailing scoops), delivered to its new home (within reason!).


Apollo was built and painted in May 2019 by Lakeland Wooden Boats headed up by professional boat builder Kevin Halcrow, Lakeland Wooden Boats is based outside Kendal in the Lake District.  The oars were built by the Scottish Maritime Trust at Irvine, headed by Martin Hughes, three of them are 13” with the stroke oar 12”6’, they are hollow shafted with hard wood handle.  The trailer is a double trailer with a launching dolly sitting atop the road trailer, it was supplied by Ashton Marine Services of Glasgow and built be Mersea Trailers of Essex.

Apollo was commissioned for an expedition up the West Coast of Scotland which took place in June 2019.  11 friends, all commissioned into the Scots Guards within 18 months in the late 1980s, decided to row over 100Nm from Cour on the East side of the Kintyre Peninsula to Roshven House at the Southern entrance to Loch Ailort.  The row was to commemorate the life of a 17 year old boy who died of heart failure on Boxing Day in 2017, his father and two of his Godfathers were in the boat.  The boy, Christian, was a passionate boxer and the trip was also to raise funds to build a boxing gym in a very deprived area of the East Midlands, the idea of the gym being to get rudderless young men and women off the streets, to give them self respect and discipline and give them a better chance at life.

The trip took six days with each leg being about 19Nm, the party camped on the foreshore each night and faced the full gamut of Scottish weather from stunning sunshine to gale force Northerlies.

Day 1 was from Cour up Kilbrannan Sound and lower Loch Fyne to just south of Ardishaig

Day 2 went through the Crinan Canal, into the Sound Of Jura, through the Dorus Mor and up the Sound Of Shuna to Ardinamar on the NE corner of Luing

Day 3 went through Cuan and Easdale Sounds into the Firth Of Lorn and up to Duart Castle on Mull

Day 4 went up the Sound Of Mull to Mingary Castle on the Ardnamurchan Peninsula

Day 5 went around Ardnamurchan Point and onto Tioram Castle in Loch Moidart

Day 6 went from Loch Moidart to Roshven

In the event it wasn’t possible to get up the Sound Of Mull and around Ardnamurchan Point because of a NW Gale which was impossible to row into, instead the boat was put onto its trailer and taken to Strontian at the East end of Loch Sunart.  The length of Loch Sunart to Mingary was then rowed twice over two days to achieve the same mileage as the original plan, the boat was then trailered to Loch Moidart for the final day.

The trip was successful and was finished in the only 10 minutes of rain of the entire week, the boat proved incredibly seaworthy and took on no water when the support motor yacht (a decommissioned Tyne Class lifeboat) was taking solid water over the superstructure.  Sadly Apollo is now up for sale because the team just will not use her enough to justify keeping her and they would much rather see her used to give others joy.

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Upcoming events this weekend – Fèis na Mara na Hearadh & Prestwick CR Regatta

The Isle of Harris Marina are organising an exciting event this summer called Fèis na Mara na Hearadh. The maritime festival will start in Harris tomorrow – Wednesday 24th July to Saturday 27th July. 

One of the key and final events of Fèis na Mara will be St Ayles Skiff Coastal Rowing races. Shorter 1nm race will take place in Scalpay and a longer 3.2nm race from Scalpay to Tarbert. Races will take place on Saturday 27th July 2019 from 10am. The prize-giving will be held in the Harris Distillery and there will a cèilidh in the Tarbert village Hall to close the festival. 

It is hoped that the coastal rowing races at the Feis will encourage more participation in the sport of skiff rowing and promote interest in Harris’ own skiff ‘The Hearach’ which will soon be in build.​

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Celebrate with the St Ayles Skiff World Champions 2019

While we celebrate our communities, and the inclusiveness and welcoming nature of our sport, now is the time to recognise that some of our crews trained very hard, got their technique spot on, and managed to qualify for finals and then get from A to A, via B, quicker than the rest of us.  More than 700 crews entered skiff worlds.  Our champions have beaten international competition, and have earned the right to call themselves the best St Ayles skiff rowers in their categories.  More information on categories in the Rules of Racing

The following are 2019 World Champions in the St Ayles Skiff:

Mixed Open A :  North Berwick

Mixed Open B:  Strangford

Women Open:   Boatie Blest

Men Open:  North Berwick

40+ Mixed:  Boatie Blest

40+  Women:  Broughty Ferry

40+ Men:  Dundrum

U19 Mixed:  Woudrichem

U19 Women:  Dundrum

U19 Men: Woudrichem

50+ Mixed:  Golspie

50+ Women: Dundrum

50+ Men:  Dundrum

U40 Men:  Eastern

U40 Women:  Sketrick

U17 Mixed: Dundrum

U17 Women:  Dundrum

U17 Men:  Ullapool

60+ Mixed:  Sketrick

280+ Mixed :  Strangford

60+ Men:  Sketrick

60+ Women:  Eastern

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Photos Photos Photos

There is a great set of photos on the SkiffieWorlds 2019 Facebook Page. Here is a small selection of boat ones……. All Photos by by Saskia Coulson / CT Productions

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Skiffieworlds 2019: The Points Competition

Congratulations to all the crews who are entitled to call themselves World Champions.  Listed in another post, these crews come from Dundrum, Sketrick, Eastern, North Berwick, Strangford, Woudrichem, Boatie Blest, Ullapool, Broughty Ferry and Golspie. 

A points competition is run throughout the week of Skiffieworlds, with points awarded to every crew in each category, depending where they come in their heat, repechage or final.  Each club’s best six results out of the categories count towards the total for that club. Results of the points competition are below. Well done to all crews who contributed points towards their club. Congratulations to Dundrum at the top of the table, and to Woudrichem, highest ranked overseas club.

Individual results from every race are available on Webscorer – search “Webscorer Skiffieworlds 2019” and the category you are looking for. (And you can print off a certificate with your result!) 

PositionClubTotal best 6 results
4North Berwick 215
5=WSV Woudrichem (Ned)214
7St. Ayles210
8Boatie Blest209
10Broughty Ferry201
18Land van Altena (Ned)169
25Royal West155
32Living Boat Trust (Aus)131
33Lake Champlain USA127
34St. Andrews125
36Row Porty107
38AAW Bristol99
42ZMV De Zuidwal (Ned)83
45North Queensferry80
47Ayle of Quinte (Canada)78
55EBO (California)17
Pic of Dundrum crew – Photo by Saskia Coulson / CT Productions

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Worlds Day 6

A craking final day of racing with clear sunshine and a wind screaming straight down the course giving us white horses in true coastal rowing style. Crews had to pull just to stay on the start line, and then haul away hard on the bouncy racecourse to get to their turning mark. Turns were tighter than in mild conditions, as bows were whipped round by the wind. Well drilled crews with experience of this sort of condition managed to catch some of the waves and surf on them for a few stroked, jumping up the positions on the return leg.

Congratulatoins to all the crews who took on the conditions, and to the coxes especially, who were commended by the chief umpire for their skill. Thank you to all those on the beach who helped the crews in and out, often getting completely soaked in the process. Full results of all races can be found on Webscorer (search “Webscorer skiffieworlds 2019” together with the heat, repechage or final that you are looking for).

Open Mixed A, won by North Berwick, with a photo finish between Dundrum (second) and Eastern (third).

Under 17 Girls did a tremendous job, and deserve praise and recognition for braving the course, so well done Deveron, Carrick and Stranraer for getting out there even although you did not get a medal. Third place went to Strangford, second to Eastern, with Dundrum taking the gold.

In the Under 19 Mixed FOCCR won a bronze medal and Ullapool got the Silver. Gold went to Woudrichem, one of the visiting Dutch clubs.

Open Mixed B had heat, repechage and final all on the same day. A tough schedule for some of the competitors, especially given the conditions. In the final Strangford romped away, with the biggest winning margin of the week…. 34 seconds. Broughty Ferry were second and Avoch were third. Click here for full results of the final.

Congratulations to Dundrum who won the points competition, based on a clubs best six results over the course of the week. Woudrichem, fifth equal overall in the points table, were rewarded with an extremely special prize as best overseas club.

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Worlds Day 5

Friday was expected to be a bit wild and windy. And it was. The strong wind started the day as a head wind out the North West, sending white horses down the loch towards the start line. Even launching was tricky, and many hands were needed to help with recovery with a swift exit required to avoid waves running into both sides of the skiff and over the cox.

And the first crews to brave the conditions were the Under 17s. As Rory Chief Umpire said during the prize giving, the bravery of the youngsters gave confidence to the adults going out later!

The Under 17s raced a 1000m course. They were kept pointing to the wind until given the go, when they turned to starboard and rode the white horse rollercoaster back to the normal finish line. Congratulations to all the youngsters who completed the challene for their clubs: Broughty Ferry, Avoch, FOCCR, Strangford, Queensferry (third), Dundrum (second) and Ullapool (First).

U19 Girls was won by Dundrum, followed by Ullapool and Avoch.

U19 Boys was a popular win for Woudrichem, followed by Strangford and Ullapool.

Open A mixed heats and repechage took place, determining who will be in Saturday’s final.

The wind backed slightly as the day went on, and came to blow more from the shore. Boatie Blest won the women’s open final late afternoon, with Dundrum in Second and St Ayles, who had qualified through the repechage, in third: full results.

For full results of all races, punch Webscorer Skiffieworlds 2019 into your search engine.

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Happy 10th Birthday to the St Ayles Skiff

SCRA hosted a reception at Stranraer Rugby club to mark 10 years since the concept and design of the St Ayles skiff. Guests of honour were David Todd and Iain Goodyear from the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Alec Jordan of Jordan Boats, and Iain Oughtred renowned small boat designer. The rest of the party was made up of builders and users of these magnificent craft. Also at the party was Chris o’Kanaird, the prototype for the class, built by Alec Jordan and Chris Perkins and now part of the Scottish Fisheries Museum collection.

David Todd spoke of the museum looking for a boat building project, and being willing to invest in the idea. Alec Jordan explained the concept for community built rowing boats, and showed a remarkable graphic of the spread of the class in the 10 years since the design. Iain Oughtred explained to origin and influences on the design. Alec and Iain were presented with SCRA quaichs as a token of thanks from the skiff community.

The fact that this party took place at an international championships involving 700 crews all rowing in boats built to the design clearly demonstrates the suitability of the design that has been gifted to us, the skiff building and skiff rowing community. Congratulations to that community for investing in and evangalising about all things St Ayles Skiff, and creating the amazing international phenomena that we all enjoy. Thank you again to those who were involved in bringing the class about.

Chris o’Kanaird

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