’Ferry’ skiff to compete in world championships

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Coastal rowing teams from Queensferry, Newhaven, Portobello, Dunbar, North Berwick, Port Seton and Cockenzie are set to battle it out in the inaugural St Ayles Skiff World Championships.

The event will take place in Ullapool and be staged against the backdrop of the picturesque Loch Broom from Monday, July 8 to Sunday, July 14.

Up to 32 vessels and up to 800 competitors are expected to take part.

The championship is being run under the auspices of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, and will feature teams from Scotland, England, the Netherlands, Australia 
and the USA.

The event, sponsored by the Ullapool Harbour Trust, Aberdeen Asset Management, the Highland Council, 
and a wide range of local partners, will be officially launched by HRH The 
Princess Royal.

St Ayles skiffs are 22ft long wooden rowing boats crewed by four oarsmen and a coxswain. The boats were introduced by the Scottish Fisheries Museum at Anstruther in an effort to encourage a resurgence of a sport once common in coastal communities. The skiffs are built from a kit, which means they can be put together with a basic knowledge of DIY. As well as coming together to fundraise to buy their own kit, community groups then build it. Group members come together from all walks of 
life, and most have little-to-no experience in boatbuilding 
or rowing.

Further information on all aspects of the championships is available at 
www.skiffieworlds.com