Ayle of Quinte Skiff Club is entered in the following races over the next six days at the Skiffie Worlds.They will be competing in the skiff Ramharry #77
60+ Female Monday, July 25th
60+ Male Tuesday, July 26th
60+ Mixed Wednesday, July 27th
50+ Female Thursday, July 28th – Final on Friday
50+ Male Thursday, July 28th – Final on Friday
50+ Mixed Saturday, July 30th
Results posted at: https://www.facebook.com/skiffieworlds2016/
Follow the action on http://www.strangfordlough.org/skiffieworlds
or on the Skiffie Worlds Facebook page
Good Luck to all the Ayle of Quinte Skiff Club’s crews
The 2016 Skiffie Worlds Championships got off to a great start with a spectacular Sunday afternoon flotilla. The colourful skiffs rode the strong tide through the Narrows accompanied by two tall ships, a salute of cannon fire and loud cheers. The Canadian team has been interviewed on radio and television, photographed and warmly welcomed. Races start in earnest tomorrow with the women leading the Canadian team. Stay tuned!
Your cub reporter reporting from Strangford Lough, Ireland
For the Skiffie Worlds, Team Canada will have the honour of rowing Ardglass Lass, the first St Ayle’s Skiff to be built and launched on the island of Ireland. She is named after her town of origin, which derives its name from the Gaelic for “Green Height”.
The championship course lies just off Delamont Country Park , at the mouth of the Quoile Estuary.
The Ayle of Quinte’s Team Canada continues to arrive in Ireland over the next couple of days. We will be dealing with jet lag in advance of the races which begin with a large flotilla on Sunday. Over 50 clubs will be represented by 1000 participants in Strangford Lough, Northern Ireland.
As you may know there are different types of coastal rowing boats, including the Irish East Coast skiffs and, of course, the Scottish coastal rowing boats that we use, the St Ayles skiffs. Racing these hand made wooden boats has become a huge sport in many countries where teams train hard and race each other, maintaining the traditions of the past. The sport of coastal skiff racing has its origins in the occupation of hobbling, circa the 1800’s, where the first boat to reach an incoming ship won the contract to pilot it into the harbour and unload, then reload, the cargo. Competition was fierce.
We expect the competition in the races of the week to come to also be competitive, but hopefully not as fierce.
Your cub reporter reporting from Skerries, Ireland
Team Canada received a mayoral sendoff before they head to Ireland for the Skiffie Worlds later this month. Prince Edward County mayor, Robert Quaiff, and South Marysburg councillor, Steve Ferguson, came down to the Waupoos Marina to meet with the Ayle of Quinte Skiff Club and the six members who will be rowing for Canada.
L to R: Sandy Pratt, Steve Ferguson, Elyse Graff, Robert Quaiff, Jane Dean, Marilyn Kennedy, Tony Dean and Bob McKittrick
Mayor Robert Quaiff and Jane Dean
Unfortunately Mother Nature decided to take part in the weekend’s activities with the introduction of thunderstorms, forcing the cancellation of the Saturday St Ayles skiff races. The Sunday three mile race however was able to go ahead as planned after some early morning showers. The sun even made an appearance for the after race lunch and awards ceremony. Despite the weather and the disappointment of the cancelled races we all had a great time visiting with our American neighbours. To complete our crews, two of them rowed with the Ayle of Quinte Skiff Club, Tom from the LCMM in Sea Shadow and Toby Goodrich in the William S Shipp.
Waiting out the weather
Bob and Toby passing the time after the cancelled Saturday races
Before the race
The Whole Gang
William S Shipp crew
Sea Shadow crew
Sea Spirit crew
After this morning’s row, the boats were given a good cleanup and then loaded onto the trailers for the trip to Vermont. For the last decade or more in July, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum has hosted a Sunday 3-mile Challenge Race, open to all non-motorized boats. Two years ago they added St Ayles skiff races on the Saturday consisting of two one mile sprints across the lake. This will be our third year attending this event and it has become the highlight of our rowing season.
Aspiring young rowers with their Gramma and Grandpa who are heading to Ireland for the Skiffie World’s later this month.
The last thing that needed to be done to the William S Shipp was to install a foot stretcher for the stroke oarsman. Because the cox floor was a different configuration to our other two skiffs an alternate design was required.
Preparations are underway for our trip to Vermont next weekend to attend the Lake Champlain Challenge Weekend. We are very pleased to have Toby Goodrich, the William S Shipp’s builder, joining us to pull an oar for the Ayle of Quinte Skiff Club.