Sunday, April 1, 2012

St. Ayles Skiff North American Championship

The St. Ayles Skiff North American Championship race will happen July 1, 2012 at the Mystic Seaport WoodenBoat Show.

WoodenBoat’s Boatbuilding And Rowing Challenge (BARC) is sponsoring a Maine State Championship race in Belfast, Maine May 30 @ 10am.

For information on each of these events, visit WoodenBoat's BARC site.

There are currently sixteen St. Ayles Skiffs built or being built in the US:

Mount Desert Island High School, ME
George Stevens Academy, ME
Belfast Alternative High School, ME
Deer Isle Stonington High School, ME
Sumner Memorial High School, ME
Washington Academy, ME
Vinalhaven High School, ME
Peekskill, NY
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, VT (two)
Renbrook School, CT
Chariho Tech School, RI
Moravian Academy, PA
Wind & Oar Boat School Women's Rowing Club, OR
Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, FL (two)

In addition there are twenty-five St Ayles already built in Scotland with twenty-three on the way.

Four boats are under construction in the Netherlands, one in England and I hear the Australians are getting in on the action.

The competition is heating up and you don't want to be left out, so submit your order for a Skiff and get to work!

If you wish to see more photos of these sleek rowing vessels, visit the website for Scottish Coastal Rowing.

For previous DoryMan posts on this topic, please click here.

Jordan Boats, in the UK, is the source for the St Ayles Skiff.

Hewes & Company Marine Division, the North American distributor of St Ayles Skiff kits, can be found on Facebook.


Michael said...

no comments on that beauty?

That boat is so beautiful it makes me smile every time.

I think it would be a great solo boat. Light turtle decks build SOF style with a couple of light bulkheads.

A balance lug set standing on long boards.

A pair of sweeps for calms and a pair of shorties for rock gardens and finding the tiny beaches behind them.

A sand box for the kelly kettle and a bucket of dry twigs.

And a bit of leader with a jig and spoon for foraging dinner.

Why, it's a Scandi version of a dory! A miniature viking ship. A cruise ship for lovers and dreamers. A space ship for someone wanting more space.

I am repeating myself again.....


doryman said...

Michael, I think you need to buy a kit and build yourself one. You would never regret it and you owe it to yourself.

Bob said...

Michael, it is a beauty! I'm half-way entertaining the thought, "What would it take to facilitate a building project for a high school/community group here in Central Michigan." Not enough time for this year, but perhaps for next year?

Bob said...

"... a sand box for the kelly kettle..." I've been thinking about a kelly kettle for Gardens but worried about stability on-board. A sand box... The light-bulb just clicked on! Do you, have you, used a sand box on board for a kelly kettle? Details, man! Please.

Michael said...


Sorry to disappoint but I have not used a sand box.... yet. It's old school from sailing days and not uncommon in other types of open boats. Some Asian folks use charcoal braziers aboard. These days folks use bottle gas and camp style burners, but a dumped flame is a dumped flame. My plan for my dory and later my dory-skiff is a metal pan, like a baking pan, with sand in it. Since it's a wood fire it will douse instantly if needed and not be any more of a menace than any wood or coal stove on a boat. Any coals that might get out of the burner will light on the sand.

Neat, eh?


Bob said...

No disappointment here. Your description - metal pan filled with sand - is what came to mind when I saw that comment. A sand box makes the kelly kettle that much more viable for my purposes.

It is neat. Thanks.


doryman said...

I think I smell a Dutch Oven Dump Cake...

Fishermen used to use open fires to cook on and every boat had a box of sand so they could cook some of their catch for lunch.

Bob said...

That would take a large sand box! I think Dutch oven cooking will remain a shore-side activity.

Michael said...

Boats also used to have a pail of sand hanging somewhere handy, in case the blubber fire got out of control....

As another aside, olive oil with a wick in a shallow container provides a most ancient odorless liquid light source. If the seal blubber is out of reach.


Alec Jordan said...


Not sure where you are in central MI, but I will be over in Tawas City from next weekend to start building a kit Mackinaw boat that I have designed for a group based there. The idea is based on the Scottish Coastal Rowing success.

There will be a proper announcement very shortly. You'll be welcome to come along to see the kit being built.