Alnmouth Community Rowing Club, together with our skiff ‘Enflaeda’, have just returned home from competing at SkiffieWorlds, the World Championship for the St Ayles Class of coastal rowing boat, which is held every three years.
Racing took place on Loch Ryan in Stranraer over 2,000m, with a turn at the half way point, on a multi lane course. 708 crews from 56 clubs took part, including teams from Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, America, Canada, Holland and Tasmania with around 100 races over six days, making this by far the biggest regatta there has ever been for St Ayles skiffs.
The Championships were visited by Princess Anne who received an oar salute and met a number of teams.
Categories of racing ranged from under 17-year-old crews to over 60-year-old crews. This really is an inclusive sport for all ages and genders.
Alnmouth Community Rowing took a team of 24 and entered 9 categories. The club rowed superbly and the performance of all of our crews has raised the profile of Alnmouth and Northumberland to previously unknown levels. People no longer ask “which club is that?” And “where is the flag from?”
We got through to four finals, narrowly missing out on reaching one more. Our over 60 mixed male/female crew won Silver in their final against stiff opposition – an outstanding performance. Alnmouth Community Rowing Club were the most successful English Club.
We look forward to competing in the next SkiffieWorlds in 2022.
Anyone wishing to join in the fun can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Skiff rowing is a fabulous sport for all ages.