Three St Ayles Skiffs Join the Fleet

Three more community built St Ayles skiffs have been launched recently in Scotland.

Tiree Maritime Trust have launched their skiff Gille-Brìghde.  She takes number 175 on the register.  Picture from before the launch from the Tiree Maritime Trust Facebook Page.


Strathpeffer’s “Grebe” was built in the village, which is some way inland.  She was launched and is going to be rowing from the Storehouse on the Cromarty Firth.  Picture from the Strathpeffer and District Community Rowing Club Facebook Page. 

Nairn Launched Dulsie.  Skiffs from Findochty, Lossiemouth, Burghead , Findhorn and Ardersier were present to formally welcome Dulsie to the water.   Photos from Nairn Coastal Rowing Club Facebook Page.  Read the club’s own report on their website.


Neighbouring Skiffies welcome Dulsie to the water

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SCRA Course Laying & Umpiring Courses – October 2018

Ahead of the annual SCRA Freshwater Sprints and AGM at Loch Tummel on Saturday 27th October, the SCRA will be delivering Course Laying and Umpiring courses on the Friday – absolutely FREE!

This is a fantastic opportunity to develop your skills, learn something new and help to improve the quality and fairness of Scottish Coastal Rowing races. There are 15 places available on each of the courses, which will take place from Loch Tummel Sailing Club. Any SCRA club can send up to 3 members to take part. To book a place, email ASAP. Places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

Course Laying

2-4pm, Friday 26th October – Loch Tummel Sailing Club.

Learn how to plan and set out a course for racing with practical on-the-water training. Bring suitable clothing for the weather and a lifejacket.

Umpiring – UMPIRE COURSE NOW FULL – To apply for a waiting list place for the next course please email

4.30pm-6.30pm, Friday 26th October – Loch Tummel Sailing Club.

Get to grips with the SCRA’s Rules of Racing and learn how to fairly and effectively umpire in a range of racing situations. You will have the opportunity to put your new skills to use and gain some practical experience by umpiring at the Freshwater Sprints the following day. Bring a notepad and pen.


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Freshwater Sprints 2018: Notice of Race

The SCRA Freshwater Sprints (sponsored by Teal Engineering) will take place at Loch Tummel on Saturday 27 October 2018.    It is run in conjunction with our AGM, so we really want at least a couple of representatives from every SCRA member club to come along.  And it is a fun sociable event too!  Racing is held in regional teams, so when you race you will be rowing with members of other clubs.  If you would like to sign up to race, please contact your regional Captain as set out in the Freshwater Sprints 2018 Notice of Race.

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SCRA Green Flag Awards 2018

Glasgow Coastal Rowing Club’s recent River Clean on the Clyde. Photo: Keep Scotland Beautiful

In an initiative launched in 2017, the SCRA is now awarding clubs with Green Flags to recognise initiatives that reduce the impact of our events on the marine environment.

The first two of these prestigious awards were presented to St Ayles Rowing Club of Anstruther and to Isle of Seil Coastal Rowing Club for innovations at their 2017 events.

Anstruther have always taken care to minimise their impact, and have been asking visitors to bring their own mugs with them to share in the Anster cake and tea splendour at their annual regatta.  They went further in 2017 by specifically putting one of their members in charge of recycling any waste that was generated at their event. Rather than buying in any plastic, they went to their local charity shop to purchase mugs, plates, cutlery really cheaply on the promise that they would donate it back after the event!

Isle of Seil Coastal Rowing Club’s 2017 event was all about improving the local environment.  Rather than organising a regatta, for the last three years the club and visitors have mustered on local islands to clean them up.  The club are assisted in this endeavour by a grant from a local trust, to whom the club sends in before and after pictures with coordinates, number of bags filled and number people involved.

Seil’s Island Clean Up

To get your hands on an SCRA Green Flag Award is simple. Get out there and do something positive for your local marine environment and make sure to send us a short report with some photos. The SCRA Committee will then award green flags at their discretion.

The next round of awards will be presented at the SCRA AGM at Loch Tummel on Saturday 27th October. To be included in this round of awards, submit your reports to by Sunday 21st October.

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Serious Request Row Tour

On Saturday 8th December, Woudrichem Watersports Association will host a long distance row challenge for WSV rowers and guests from England, Scotland and Northern Ireland, alongside their neighbours from Heusden and Gorinchem.

What is Serious Request?

Every year, in the lead up to Christmas, there is a national fundraiser for the Red Cross known as ‘Serious Request’, organised by radio 3FM. This year the money will be used to re-unite parents and children who lost each other in a war or a disaster. The challenge will raise money by rowing for this charity.

What is the challenge?

There will be a row around the island Altena – 45 miles in one day! But don’t worry – the row is a relay.


8.00am – Start at Arkade WSV Woudrichem.

The event starts with 5 NL skiffs escorted by partyship ‘Princehof’ and a RIB. They row on the river Merwede, Hollands Diep, Amer, Bergse Maas, Afgedamde Maas, pas a lock, and back to Arkade.

Bad weather scenario: River Merwede, pas a lock at Werkendam, row by the Biesbosch (national park), Bergse Maas, Afgedamde Maas, pas a lock and back to Arkade.

Lunch includes free tea and coffee on board (drinks and alcohol on own account). Crew changes will take place on the water by RIBS so all participants can row at least two times on the day.

5.30pm – Finish

5.30pm – Free dinner at the WSV clubhouse Arkade (drinks and alcohol on own account).

6.30pm – Visit to historic marina where all ships will be lit for Christmas. Skiffs will participate.

8.00pm – Christmas market ‘Winter Wonder Woudrichem’ in town.

10.00pm – The clubhouse reopens for a party ’til late.


The hosts try to keep costs for rowers very low by having sponsors for lunch and dinner during the row tour. There is a tip jar for hiring the partyship.  A minimum of €10 donation for charity is expected from each participant.

Where to stay:

UK participates are expected to fly in on the Friday evening and return on the Sunday (daytime or evening). WSV members will host rowers for free, as per previous events. Die-hards are welcome to camp.

Want to take part in this spectacular challenge?

Enter now! To enter this row tour, email with the subject line: Registration Serious Request 2018. Closing date for entries is 1st December.


If you have any questions, please get in touch using the contact details below.


Emiel Versluis

(mob +31 (0) 6 517 911 85)

WSV Woudrichem


4285 XA Woudrichem

The Netherland

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Calling Picnic Class Boats for the Freshwaters

The main focus for the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association is and will remain the St Ayles Skiff, a class of rowing boat for four rowers and a cox  which has brought a great deal of pleasure to many who have built or rowed one.   However the recent Caslte to Crane race is a reminder that other boats are in the Scottish Coastal Rowing fleet and for the interest of skiffies and skiffbuilders  we will once again arrange races for  the SCRA “Picnic Class” of one rower skiff at the Freshwater Sprints.

The Picnic Class is a development class and a wide variety of craft will qualify under the class rules.  Essentially the constraints are that the boats should be “fixed seat” and no more than 5 meters long.  The rowlocks should be at the gunnel (no “outriggers”).   The beam should not be too narrow, both because a really narrow beam will mean that only peedie oars can be used, and also because insufficient beam will compromise stability, all entertainingly tested on the day by the “Stability test”.    More details can be found in the Picnic Class measurement rules .   Some boats that already exist will be deemed to meet the class rules even if they are outwith the exact measurements.  These include the  Royal West of Scotland Boat Club’s historic “Sixteens”, and RowPorty’s Drakes.

There will be a race for Men and a race for Women in the Picnic Class at the 2018 Freshwater Sprints.  Picnic class races will be over a straight “drag race” type course of around 300 meters.  Competitors need to be members of an SCRA club  and all boats will require to have third party insurance in place for the event.  If entries permit there will be heats, and A and B finals.

Closing date for entries for the picnic class races  is 19 October.  The Freshwaters are on 27 October.  We really hope that we get a number and variety of these one rower boats turning up, so get your entry in early.

See the Freshwater Sprints Notice of Race (published shortly) for more details.

See previous years’ report from the picnic class races.

All photos by Jon Gerrard.

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SCRA AGM Saturday 27th October 2018

Scottish Coastal Rowing Association AGM
27h October 2018
5.00 p.m. start (Coffee/tea & biccies available)

Location: Loch Tummel Sailing Club Clubhouse

1. Apologies
2. Minutes of Last Meeting (SCRA AGM 28th October 2017)
3. Matters Arising
4. Treasurer’s Report (TD)
5. Report on Junior Events (CH)
6. Convener’s Report (RW)
7. Election of Officers and Committee
8. Skiffieworlds 2019
9. Any Other Business

Election of Officers and Committee:
Nominations for Election to the Committee – Clubs are requested to submit any nominations for the Committee to the Secretary by the 12th October 2018.

Clubs are requested to submit agenda items to the Secretary by the 15th October under Any Other Business.

Submission of Cruising Log entries – these shall be submitted to the Secretary by the 15th October 2018.

Club Nomination for Green Flag Environmental Awards shall be submitted to the Secretary by the 15th October 2018.

Training Notice
There will be a Regatta Course Laying Course on Friday 26th October from 2pm until 4pm.
There will be an Umpiring Course held on Friday 26th from 4.30pm until 6.30pm.
Both the above events will take place at Loch Tummel Sailing Club.

The AGM is a meeting of clubs.
We can only guarantee space for two representatives per club.
Anyone speaking at the AGM is speaking on behalf of and as instructed by their clubs.
It is therefore helpful if clubs have discussed any of the issues that are going to arise in advance of the AGM.

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Castle to Crane Results 2018

Congratulations to everyone who completed Castle to Crane Race 2018.  The full results can be found by clicking on:

Castle to Crane 2018 Results

The individual winners were as follows:

Bonniest Boat:  St Maur, Fingal Rowing Club

Youth Trophy:  Atlantic Challenge in Ralph Bird

St Ayles, Mixed 50+ :  WSV Woudrichem,  Grut & Groot 3

St Ayles, Men 50+ :  Orkney Gold

St Ayles, Women 50+ :  St Ayles, Chris O’Kinnaird

St Ayles, Mixed Open :  St Ayles (Anstruther), “St Ayles”

St Ayles, Men Open: Eastern, Sprite

St Ayles, Women Open:  Boatie Blest

Double Scull / Randan*:  North Berwick, Flossie (Teifi Skiff)

Shetland Yole*:  Orkney, Frideray

4+ Oars General*:  Royal West of Scotland ABC, Najad (Jolly Boat)

Pilot Gig*:  Ralph Bird, Atlantic Challenge-Wales

*times adjusted for age and gender before awarding the prize

The premier prize at Castle to Crane is the Median Trophy, which is awarded to a crew that represents the whole fleet.  The winners of the Median Trophy finish in the middle of the fleet.  We are delighted to announce that the winners of the Median Trophy in 2018 are:

Collieston Offshore Rowing Club in Admiral Redsocks

We look forward to welcoming back clubs, and saying hello to new clubs at Castle to Crane in 2019.  The provisional date for the Clydebuilt Festival in 2018 is…….

21 and 22 September 2019


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Great River Race 2018 pictures

The Woudrichem Mens Open crew receive the Trophy for the Fastest St Ayles in the GRR from GRR organiser Stuart Wolff.

Anyone wanting Hi-Res copies of the following, please get in touch via


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Launch of Strathpeffer and District Skiff “Grebe” 15th September

SDCRC poster for Launch


Strathpeffer and District Community Rowing Club




The “Grebe” will be launched by Clan Chief Hector Munro of Foulis and Alpha Munro MBE


New members welcome – contact Secretary : Rod Richard :

or Treasurer : Bill Arthur :

More information on Strathpeffer & District Community Rowing Club website

We’ll be arranging some “Come & Try” sessions in due course as well as cox and crew training – a crew is 4 rowers and a cox – aged 15 +

Soon there will also be an online booking system and we’ll have a list of approved coxes – one will always have to be on the skiff

After the launch the Storehouse of Foulis stays open until 6 p.m. for refreshments

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