The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association was formed in May 2010 to stimulate boat building and encourage rowing and racing of coastal rowing boats around the Scottish Coastline. Communities are encouraged to become involved in the building of new boats, principally the St Ayles skiff, a design inspired by a Fair Isle boat and commissioned by the Scottish Fisheries Museum at Anstruther This has generated a growing enthusiasm for skiff rowing in coastal communities around Scotland and beyond, there being over 140 registered skiffs around the Scottish coast with many more south of the border and in Ireland. The popularity of the sport has seen rapid growth in America, Canada, Australia, Holland, France Australia and New Zealand.
Generous funding support from Fife Council enabled a group of enthusiastic local amateurs to acquire the materials and with the support of WBC commenced building the first skiff in May 2014. “Catalina” was launched in September 2014. We have also worked with Ralph Webster to build “The Flying Boat” which took to the water in March 2015. Ralph has loaned “The Flying Boat” into the care of WBC, specifically for community use.
Currently the rowing membership stands at over sixty since membership opened in December 2014. Most of the members have little or no previous boating experience.
The membership has been enhanced by an enthusiastic group of juniors who have been developing brilliantly since summer 2016. We expect them to be representing the club at regattas in the appropriate age groups during the coming season.
Since the first launch in September 2014, the club has competed at Broughty Ferry, Anstruther, Newburgh, Newhaven and Troon. We were also represented at the Fresh Water sprints at Loch Katrine and Loch Tummell and the Skiff World Championships at Strangford Loch in Northern Ireland. A training programme is being developed for those keen to improve and compete in regattas. Social and longer excursion rowing remains ever popular, however!
Rowing offers a wonderful introduction to the water for those who do not or cannot sail. Keen to be as inclusive as possible, we will be encouraging participation from, for example, youth groups, people with disabilities and anyone who simply wants to have a go. Our season continues throughout the winter with rowing sessions on Saturdays and Sundays. With a mid-week session on Thursdays – weather and tides permitting, of course. Check the Wormit Boating Club Facebook page or the Wormit Boating Club website for details of times.