Alnmouth Rowing is a community venture, with a boat built by members of the community, and housed in a historic old LifeBoatHouse on the beach, right beside the seaside.
In the 2015 season we launched our skiff, and we gained a new home on the beach. Over 500 people took part in more than 100 launches before the season ended. In the winter,of 2015 we refurbished the skiff and the boathouse, and we started 2016 with a skiff meeting on the beach, barbecue lunch, and a great day. Since March we have already passed last years total for launches , and with more interesting rowing to come.
No previous experience of rowing needed – just come along to try it . We provide briefings on what you need to know.
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The St Ayles Skiff – Background
Designed by Iain Oughtred, based on a Fair Isle skiff (with strong Norse influences)
Started in 2009 when the first was built and launched. May 2010 – 6 boats, December 2010 – 33 boats
Today – 150 boats in 9 countries with another 40+ in build. Other countries showing interest include Brazil and South Africa.
- Supplied as a kit of marine ply parts, supplemented by additional timber plus epoxy and paint.
- Fastest known build time is 6 weeks but more typically 6-12 months.
- Majority are built and rowed by a local community group
Spec: 22ft long, 5ft 8 inch beam, hull and frames 9mm marine ply, gunwhales, stem and stern laminated from Larch, oars vary but typically 12 – 14ft, minimum design weight of the skiff 150kg
Crew: 4 rowers plus cox
- Almost all in coastal communities
- Form small teams who work together to build “their” boat
- Learn about the skills and co-operation needed to row and work together as a crew
- Mostly have never built anything remotely like it before
- Enjoy the cameraderie of meeting with other skiff groups to row and/or race