We will very shortly have two St. Ayles Siff Coastal Rowing Boats. 

Do you want to join in, have fun and improve physical fitness?



                                                         COME AND HAVE A ROW!

Annan Harbour Action Group are pleased to extend an open invitation to come along to one of our coastal rowing taster sessions and have a go at rowing our St Ayles skiff. Our plan is to integrate beginners with our regular crew and cox and give everyone 30-minute experience of what it is like to get out on the river. Where you will see the town from a new perspective, get close to nature and enjoy some gentle exercise.

To secure a place on
Sunday 11th June, 13.00 – 15.00 or Sunday 18th June,18.30 – 20.30 please call Alan Thomson on 01461 758210 (office) or email; ahagharbourofficer@gmail.com

All ages 17 – 70 plus are welcome, bring a pal and come and have some fun.

Children under 16 are excluded from this invitation, but sessions for young people will be offered in the future.

Buoyancy aids are provided.

This opportunity is offered as part of Developing Annan Harbour, a project funded by LEADER, The Holywood Trust and Dumfries and Galloway Council, which has a strand concerned with developing water sports at Annan Harbour.

What is a St. Ayles Skiff?

This is a 6.7m rowing boat for four rowers with one oar each, and a coxswain to steer the boat and encourage the crew. It is designed to traditional lines based on a Fair Isle Skiff by Ian Oughtred, but built using the modern techniques of clinker ply and epoxy. They are named for the Scottish Fisheries Museum building, home of the organisation that commissioned the design, with the aim of creating a craft that could revive inter-community rowing around the Scottish Coast. 

Your questions answered

What is Coastal Rowing?

Prior to the 1950s almost every coastal community in Scotland would have an annual rowing and sailing regatta where locally built boats would compete against each other. Since 2010 more than 150 St Ayles Skiffs have been built by communities and a substantial programme of such events has been re-established. See http://scottishcoastalrowing.org/ for a flavour of how popular this new sport has become here and abroad.

Who rows?

Loads of communities all around Scotland and the north of England have already built boats and are now recruiting crews to form racing teams or just to explore the coast and waterways of their own localities.

Why Rowing?

Coastal Rowing is a sport enjoyed by all ages, from teenagers to pensioners, and is one of the best forms of exercise – using nearly all the muscles of the human body.

It is also recognised as one of the most team-intensive sports around, as a physically weaker crew with excellent timing will always beat a strong crew who cannot row together. Age groups can compete in their own classes and the regattas are highly social events. So why not round up some pals and come and have a go yourself?

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