Coastal Rowing

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Banner image courtesy of Scottish Coastal Rowing Association from the ’Skiffie Worlds’ in Stranraer 2019.

07/12/2020 Coastal Rowing Update
The professional build St Ayles Skiff UK244 has been completed by the Scottish Maritime Museum (SMM) and it remains in storage in their Boatbuilding Workshop, partly due to COVID -19 restrictions, and partly because the weatherproof covers for the two skiffs have not been received yet.
• Our second St Ayles Skiff UK245 being built by RGYC volunteers is framed and planked but progress was hampered by the May to July 2020 lockdown, and again from 10 October 2020 we have not been able to work on the skiff due to the tiered Covid-19 restrictions in Scotland.
• We have taken possession of the two Teal Combi-Trailers – one is in the RGYC dinghy park and the other is at SMM ready to transport our first skiff back.
• The six sets of four oars are finished, comprising both training and racing sets.

• The bulk of Ancillary Items have been purchased, including lifejackets, VHF radios, flares, throw lines, anchor assemblies, tow ropes, painters, fenders, paddles, first aid kits, etc.

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04/09/2020 Update:


The RGYC Team of ’Skiffie Builders’ have reached the first important waypoint in the journey of constructing our volunteer built St Ayles Skiff. With the skilled efforts of Club Members Ian Parsons and Steve Scott on Friday 28th August, and Robert Kitchin and Paul McGloin on Saturday 29 August, the 6th and final marine ply clinker strakes were glued and cramped into position on both port and starboard sides of Hull UK245.

After the strakes have been allowed to cure into place, the finger cramps will be removed and the plank ends dressed to the inner stem and stern pieces. The plan next weekend is to commence fitting the outer keel and outer stem & stern, ready for the next important milestone – the releasing of the skiff from its mould and turning it upright.

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Job done! Paul McGloin and Robert KitchIn (suitably masked and socially distanced of course) and our fully planked volunteer built skiff.

25/08/2020 update:

Update on the St Ayles Skiffs Project.

Our professionally built St Ayles skiff, Hull244, is now receiving the final paint coats of RGYC ‘Oxford Blue’ and together with the final internal timber work, should be ready for transportation to the Club in late September.

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Work has restarted on our volunteer built St Ayles skiff, Hull UK245, and she is progressing well. A big thanks to the build team.


02/03/2020 update:

The build team are making fantastic progress on both hulls…

19/02/2020 update:

The team down at the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine are making great progress with both hulls.

23/01/2020 update:

There has been major progress recently with construction of RGYC’s first St Ayles Skiff in the Boatbuilding Workshop at the Scottish Maritime Museum in Irvine.   Hull number UK244 has been released from it’s mould and turned upright.Hull 1 construction2

Additional photos of the construction and the hard working members of our team.Hull 1 construction1Work in progress2Work in progress3Work in progress4