Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Scottish Coastal Rowing Project
The Scottish Coastal Rowing Project is underway.
The Scottish Fisheries Museum at Anstruther is supporting this initiative to restart coastal rowing and racing along the Scottish coastline.
The project proposes individuals build the St Ayles Skiff, designed by internationally renowned small boat designer Iain Oughtred. The design provides a mix of tradition, seaworthiness, speed and ease of build.
The St Ayles Skiff is designed to be built by the clinker plywood construction method.
Anyone familiar with Iain's designs will recognize this boat immediately. More of a dory than a skiff, it is an obviously efficient boat.
The St Ayles Skiff is approximately 22 feet long with a beam of 5′8″. Crew will be four rowers and a coxswain.
The kits will be available through Alec Jordan Boats soon and the prototype is going together as we speak. There are photos of the build at Strathkanchris's Little World.
So, the question that comes to mind?
Why should the Scots have all the fun? Why, when there are coastal waters just outside my window just begging for the proper mix of tradition, seaworthiness and speed?
Is anyone for making this a global project?