Around the Island Row

The first around the island row this season saw all three boats filled in less than 24 hours. Not sure if it was the row or the pub lunch that was responsible for the great turnout. We’ll have to schedule more of these rows before the season ends.

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Skiffie Worlds Update, July 31st

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Jane, Tony, Marilyn, Ann, Sandy, Bob and Elyse

Last dispatch from the 2016 Skiffie World Championships in Northern Ireland.

The races are finished, the celebrations over and the last Guinness tipped in Killyleagh (for now). We made our Ayle Of Quinte Skiff Club and The County proud. There was an incredibly warm feeling toward the Canadian team and we were welcomed everywhere. Our team was completed by the skilled and enthusiastic Scots, Helen, Jean and Robbie. Ramharry, the boat we rowed, was generously loaned to us by the Donaghadee Coastal Rowing Club in Northern Ireland.

We have been very impressed with the significant community involvement and support for every European team that we encountered and look forward to developing the same level of engagement and support in The County.
Let’s row!

Your cub reporter reporting from Strangford Lough, Ireland
Jane Dean

Skiffie Worlds Update, July 28

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The Battle Of The Boats continued today with 2 races for us, both Men’s and Women’s 50+. Our times were very good but not quite good enough for a medal. We are still the oldest team, although not by much, and the object of much attention. The weather today is called “mizzle” although we would call it light rain, and fairly warm. We came home soaked. The sea has been quite calm all week and there was very little current today. We have a day off tomorrow and plan to head into Belfast. Stay tuned.

Your cub reporter reporting from Strangford Lough, Ireland
Jane Dean

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Skiffie Worlds Update, July 27th

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The Ayle Of Quinte mixed 60+ team made it to the finals in the World Skiff Championships under typical Irish skies. The team achieved a personal best time. No medals but thrilled with the achievement. Just to be part of the scene in this incredible venue was enough but to row our hearts out in the heats in the morning and qualify for the finals was brilliant.

Your cub reporter reporting from Strangford Lough, Ireland
Jane Dean

Skiffie Worlds Update, July 25th

Skiffs Worlds day 1 and the women had a very good race. We didn’t win but we had a fine time even with the current. I was interviewed on national TV so I figure I can pay for the trip if I charge for autographs!

Your cub reporter reporting from Strangford Lough, Ireland
Jane Dean

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Marilyn, Elyse, Helen of Pittenweem Club, Scotland, Jane and Sandy

Skiffie Worlds Update, July 26th

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Rowing in #81, Ramharry, the men’s 60+ team did The County proud with a very good race under misty conditions. Robbie, our Scottish friend, was an excellent addition to the crew, the team rowed hard and placed well. There was some head wind and the usual current. The job of the cox is complicated as the lanes are only colour marked at each end, the mark is hard to see and there tends to be some lane drifting. Today there was a little oar clashing at our turn just to keep the excitement high.
There is lots of excitement, lots of press and smiles everywhere.

Jane Dean
From Killyleagh, Northern Ireland

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Skiffie Worlds Update, July 24th

IMG_2907IMG_2892IMG_2851The 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
Jane Dean

Let the Races Begin

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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

 

 

 

Skiffie Worlds Update, July 20th

The championship course lies just off Delamont Country Park , at the mouth of the Quoile Estuary.

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
Jane Dean