Club prepare for World Championships

Over the last few months you may have noticed an increase in rowing activity from the beach. Other then the Club attending various regattas during that time we have also been preparing for the St. Ayles Skiff World Championships in Stranraer from 7th-13th July. A team of 18 members will be competing in 11 events over 5 of the 6 days of racing.

SkiffieWorlds is a colourful and friendly celebration of coastal rowing. Stranraer and Loch Ryan in South West Scotland has been selected as the venue for this major international coastal rowing event ‘SkiffieWorlds 2019’. With a record entry of 693 crews from 57 clubs worldwide, including teams from as far away as the United States, New Zealand, Canada, Tasmania and Europe, this World Championship event for the St Ayles Skiff class of Coastal Rowing Boats is not to be missed. More information is available at

On Thursday night last week there was a final formal briefing to the team at which the new racing kit was issued. The kit was paid for by a very kind sponsor Orr Kerr Dyke Financial Services Ltd. It was presented to the team by the Club’s Vice President, Heather Scott, who wished them all the best at the championships and thanked the sponsor for their generous donation.

Pictured round the boat they will be racing, Chippy McNish. L-R Julie Evans, Helen Hazlett, Liz McMahon, Rose Sloan, Marie Paterson, Angela Jones, Karen Graham (Rowing Convenor), Elaine Hunter, Alex Paterson, Hugh Jamieson, Derek Keatley, Ronald Graham, Adam Graham, Ian Clark.

Not pictured but also in the team are Mat Henderson, Andrew Graham, Ali Wright, Karyn Donnachie & Karen Radford.

Some of the team proudly displaying their new racing tops
Photos by Derek C. Keatley