Coastal Rowing

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23/08/2021 Coastal Rowing Update

With the first St Ayles Skiff launched and the Fundraising effort in full swing again you might be wondering about the progress with our second Skiff. Here are the photos and you’ll see that progress is significant. Well done to the RGYC Skiffie build team.


20/08/2021 Coastal Rowing Update

Dear Members, fundraising for our two St Ayles Skiffs is still very much alive… each Skiff has been divided into the traditional maritime 64ths so we have a total of 128 of these ’Symbolic’ Shares to sell, plus the naming rights for each skiff, to achieve our Fundraising Target of £15,000.
At the moment we have sold 63 Shares bringing in £6,300 – so just 1 share short of a whole skiff! If you haven’t already done so, please consider buying a share and become a founder supporter of this new venture for RGYC. Each purchaser will receive a personalised and framed Symbolic Share Certificate, created by our very own club member Peter Boyd and produced in his art gallery on Loch Lomond-side, all at no cost to the Club or the Skiff Project. The Certificate can be in your name, or we can personalise it for a friend or relative, or to commemorate a loved one who has passed away. It includes a sketch of the construction drawing for a St Ayles Skiff, the numbers of the shares bought, and even a wax seal to give it that elegant and authentic feel.
Any contribution you can make will be greatly appreciated, by the Co-Convenors who are getting the Coastal Rowing Section up and running (or should I say ‘rowing’!), by the ‘Skiffie Builders’ who are working hard to complete our second volunteer built skiff, and by the RGYC Committee as a whole.
The 1/64th Skiff Shares can be purchased for £100 each, by electronic transfer to:
RGYC Skiff Project Account Number: 19298896
Royal Bank of Scotland Sort Code: 83-22-20
Please use your Surname and Skiff in the Reference field eg: ‘Smith Skiff’ so that we can identify your purchase.
Then please email me at: <> to confirm your purchase and I will get your Certificate into production.
When fundraising is complete, we are planning a permanent plaque in the Clubhouse to commemorate all Founder Subscribers who have supported this important new initiative at RGYC.
My thanks to all those who have already bought shares in the skiffs and the latest batch of Certificates is in production by Peter. If anyone has any queries about the Shares, or would like to discuss naming rights for the Skiffs, please contact me at <>
Weather and sea state permitting, we hope to have our first skiff out on the water during KGV this coming Saturday 21st August – please come along!
Mike Storry
Project Leader
RGYC Coastal Rowing Development





08/05/2021 Coastal Rowing Update

Today is a big day for the future of Royal Gourock Yacht Club. We took delivery of our first St Ayles skiff and despite the atrocious weather our volunteers showed up to admire the new boat and to get her moved into safe storage. There are still some minor painting and finishing touches to complete and with summer approaching we cannot wait to get her out on the water.


18/04/2021 Coastal Rowing Update

The European LEADER Grant element of the project is now complete and the final Grant payment was received in December 2020. The professionally built St Ayles Skiff, Hull UK244, is complete and on its trailer in the Boatbuilding Workshop at the Scottish Maritime Museum (SMM) in Irvine, and ready to be transported back to our Club premises. The volunteer St Ayles Skiff Hull, UK245, is also at the SMM, fully framed and planked but with about 50% of the work still to be completed, for which all the materials are already purchased. The 6 sets of skiff oars have been completed and are also at the SMM. We have taken delivery of the the two Teal Combi-Trailers (each comprising a road trailer and an integral launch trolley); one is at the SMM and the second is in the RGYC dinghy park. We have also completed procurement of all the Ancillary Items (comprising warps, anchors & rode, fenders, lifejackets, radios, flares, paddles, etc) necessary to run a coastal rowing leisure, training and racing programme at RGYC. The 2 acrylic covers for the skiffs are at the manufacturers in Longniddry, East Lothian. The coronavirus pandemic restrictions resulted in significant delays to the project, nevertheless we managed to receive the bulk of the grant income and look forward to reinvigorating the project during the summer of 2021. RGYC acknowledges the financial assistance received from the European LEADER Grant Programme, and the help from the staff in the Grant Office who have been very supportive of our coastal rowing initiative.

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Ancillary Items for the Skiffs
Skiff Items



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

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