Launching Skiff at Badentarbat Bay, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on the community based activity of coastal rowing which has experienced strong growth following original boat design in 2009 at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, Fife.

The boat is supplied in kit form, using plywood and larch, from a small workshop in East Wemyss, Fife. Inspiration for the design originated in the Fair Isle, an island off the north of Scotland situated equidistant between Orkney and Shetland.

The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association was formed in 2010 since when about 190 St Ayles Skiffs have been built. The skiffs facilitate community involvement across a range of skills such as building, rowing (leisure of competitively), project management, fitness and fund-raising.

The skiffs have proved popular with coastal villages and communities around the U.K. and parts of U.S., Australia, South Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean. Regattas and rowing championships attract large numbers of competitors.

Video clip of sea-going Skiff at Cromarty, Black Isle, Scotland

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