More of a community than a club
Our activities range from the simple enjoyment of being on the local waters where seals, dolphins and migrating sea birds are regular locals, right through to competing with other clubs in the St Ayles World Championships every three years. As a club we are also keen to promote interest in the maritime heritage of the Northumberland coast.
History of the club
Our club was formed in 2013 when a small group of local enthusiasts in Alnmouth decided to build and row their own boat. The St Ayles skiff design was specifically intended for this purpose and is a four oared rowing boat based on a traditional Fair Isle skiff. Early fundraising enabled the purchase of a skiff “kit” and timber. Our first boat, Pride of Aln, was launched in early 2015.
Pride of Aln was a great success and growth in membership encouraged and enabled us to build our second skiff, Enflaeda in 2018/19. Both boats are now out with crews several times a week and as a Club we welcome new members to come and enjoy them with us.
"Pride of Aln was a great success"
How we operate
We launch our skiffs whenever possible and have a routine of club rowing sessions several times a week. In addition, there are occasional outings to meet up with other clubs and take the skiffs by road to explore further afield. Race crews will book out one of the boats to train for upcoming races often in the shelter of the River Aln estuary.
The boats are always coxed by experienced members who are familiar with the local waters. It is the cox’s job to make sure that the crew for any outing is suited to the prevailing conditions.