Michigan-based Heritage Coast Sailing and Rowing members are constructing a 23ft lapstrake-built Mackinaw boat, with the aim of encouraging sailing and rowing on Lake Huron using the regional boat type.
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The Heritage Coast Sailing and Rowing project draws inspiration from the success of Scottish Coastal Rowing, and plans to organise similar rowing and social events. However, the new organisation has chosen the local Mackinaw boat type designed by Richard Pierce instead of the Iain Oughtred-designed St Ayles skiff favoured by the Scots.
Said to represent a merger of Native American canoe building and European carpentry, Mackinaw boats, were developed in the upper Great Lakes for fishing boats and carrying passengers and general freight.
Construction began in East Tawas on Lake Huron on the 16th April using a kit of cut-out planking and framing materials supplied by Alec Jordan’s Jordan Boats, which also supplies kits for the St Ayles skiffs.
Photos by Chris Perkins
Ullapool Coastal Rowing Club is delighted to be at the centre of organising the event, along with partner organisations the Loch Broom Sailing Club, Coigach Community Rowing and the Ullapool Harbour Trustees.
The growth of St Ayles Skiff building and rowing by communities internationally has been astonishing. The aim of the new event is to provide an opportunity for rowers from across the globe to meet in friendly competition.
Set on the banks of a on the banks of Loch Broom, a large sheltered sea loch in the North-West of Scotland, Ullapool is an excellent location for such an event. The local rowing club says it is also well equipped to cater for visitors and the area’s community is accustomed to running large cultural events, and that Skiffie Worlds will be well within its capacity.
A full programme of maritime and land-based activities and entertainment is planned, culminating with a prize-giving and a boisterous ceilidh on Saturday 13 July.
For information check the growing website at http://skiffieworlds.com.