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?
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2 comments:

Thomas Armstrong said...

DM, just read your two posts on the St Ayles. I hadn't seen them until today but yesterday I also wrote about the project, and just to reaffirm your suggestion of similar thought patterns, I also envision this as a global project, and have put it forward to the head of the TSCA.

michael bogoger said...

Thomas,
Great minds think alike, no doubt! The pres of the TSCA, John Weiss posted your note on the Coots List (aka the Oregon Chapter of the TSCA) yesterday.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MessaboutW/messages
So I knew what was afoot.
I'm not sure I can drum up the interest in this project locally, but sure would like to see one of these boats built. I've had just such a project floating in the back of my mind for two decades or more.
I'm sure there is enough interest in your area, so hopefully we'll see a "US Coastal Rowing Project". What fun!
michael