Spring has been slow coming this year but the last few days have given us hope. Today’s weather couldn’t have been better for a day on the water, warm and sunny with a gentle breeze. I’ll take this over the hot and humid days we’ll experience once summer arrives.
With the addition of a third skiff we needed a third launching dolly. Having built two already the third one came together quickly using the same specs as the previous two. Wheels have been an ongoing problem though. They can’t handle the weight, nor do they like being immersed in water. We’ll keep looking but I think we’ll need to up the budget to meet our requirements.
The new thwarts have been fitted and cleats installed to support the ends. We found this method the best to ensure there is no rock in the thwarts. We don’t glue them in, just use screws, so they can be removed. The kabe holes in the gunwales have been filled in and hardwood pads glued in place ready for the thole pin holes to be drilled. We use plates and pins with our other boats so this will enable us to use our first set of wooden oars with the William S Shipp.
Renbrook School’s Toby Goodrich, boatbuilder/teacher and Jane Shipp, former head of the school, have most generously donated the William S Shipp (US07) to our club here in Canada. The skiff was named after Jane’s husband, who not only encouraged Toby to fulfill his dream of building a St Ayles skiff, but also funded the project. Unfortunately Bill passed away before the skiff was completed. We are very honoured to take over the helm and keep the William S Shipp on the water. She will be rowed and raced alongside our other two boats, Sea Shadow and Sea Spirit.
The story behind the William S Shipp http://www.renbrook.org/page.cfm?p=742
We took the boats out of winter storage yesterday and trailered them to the marina. With a large crew on hand they were unloaded and put on their dollies, all set for another great season on the water.
Today’s warmup row was appropriately named as it took a while to actually achieve that.
Six members of the Ayle of Quinte Skiff Club will be representing Canada at the 2016 Skiffie Worlds this summer in Northern Ireland. We wish them good luck and all the best.
A Canadian rowed with a Scottish crew last weekend and yesterday an Irish woman rowed with a Canadian crew. Ann Fee, chairperson of Killyleagh Skiff Rowing Club, where next year’s Skiffie Worlds are being held, joined us on our regular Tuesday row. After the row we went for lunch and had a chance to hear about the nine skiffs that have been built along the County Down coast as well as all the preparations that are underway for next year’s big event. It was a delight meeting Ann and appreciate her taking the time to come and visit us. The St Ayles skiff has a wonderful way of bringing people together from around the world.