The BBC Alba TV channel has made a programme about the amazing Scottish Coastal Rowing, in which communities build St Ayles skiffs designed by Iain Oughtred to kits supplied by Alec Jordan, and race them in a series of regattas and events across Scotland and beyond.
My thanks to Osbert Lancaster for the tip – see his weblog Forthsailor.
The growth of the new style of rowing over the past two years has been a phenomenon, with more than 40 of the boats built.
The programme’s available on the BBC iPlayer for the next few days. Catch it if you can!
For many more intheboatshed.net posts about Scottish Coastal Rowing, click here.
These shots of the 2011 Anstruther Regatta taken by Ron Wallace at the end of last month show various Scottish Coastal Rowing Association St Ayles skiffs racing in the harbour – it looks like they’re having quite a time, doesn’t it?
There are more of Ron’s fabulous shots here and here.
Alec Jordan, who originally conceived the idea for Scottish Coastal Rowing, has this to say about the event:
‘It was a little wild and windy, and the St Ayles performed superbly. None of the skiffs took more than a couple of pints of water during the races.’
Perhaps that’s not so surprising as the boats are derived from traditional craft and were designed by Iain Oughtred.
The Scottish Coastal Rowing phenomenon continues to be awe-inspiring, with a very lively racing calendar and new boats being built all the time – and not all in Scotland.
We’re delighted to be able to report that the influence of the splendid Scottish Coastal Rowing Project based on designer Iain Oughtred’s St Ayles skiff seems to have spread to the USA.
What’s happened is that WoodenBoat magazine is sponsoring its local High School to build a St Ayles skiff, and that there may be St Ayles skiff building projects in the area in the near future – Alec Jordan, the brains behind the original project tells me he’s waiting for confirmation.
This is just another amazine achievement in what has been an amazing story over a period of about a year, and a huge amount of credit is due to Alec.To read the WoodenBoat magazine story, click here; there’s more to read also at the WoodenBoat forum.