Welcome to StaylesSkiff.net. This is a new site from the kit manufacturers Jordan Boats which will carry information about the skiffs which is broader than the SCRA site www.scottishcoastalrowing.org.
During the Southampton Boat Show, we built a St Ayles Skiff from scratch to the point of gluing the first gunwale lamination so that the hull could be trailered off the exhibition site. I will be writing up the build very shortly below.
In the meantime, feast your eyes on the St Ayles Skiffs rowing in gorgeous Scottish scenery below.
Since this year’s Great River Race on the Thames, we have had new interest in building St Ayles skiffs for competing in next year’s race, and hopefully other skiffie events in the UK, Ireland, and Netherlands.
One of the problems in London is finding a place to build a skiff, and out of the GRR came an offer from John’s Boat Works on Lots Ait at Brentford. This boatyard offers build space and help and advice from John Watson or boatbuilder Jonathan Davies. There are power tools available for rent on site.
If you are considering a St Ayles build elsewhere in England, Jonathan Davies is an experienced boatbuilder who has assisted others in building very similar designs to the St Ayles and is willing to travel around Southern England to give advice on site and assist as required. He can be contacted on 07925 122003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St Ayles Skiff has been a remarkable story over the past six years.
One of the reasons for starting this website is to build a collection of writing, video, pictures, and anything else that can go on a website about the skiff. While Scottish Coastal Rowing covers what is happening, StAylesSkiff.net is here to tell other people looking in about what the skiff means to people in the communities, clubs, schools and other organisations that have built and rowed them.
We’re very keen to see contributions from builders and rowers from outside the UK. It is very easy to keep in touch with people here. Less so over a long distance.
Contributions can be short or long, it depends on the story that you wish to tell. Some examples can be seen from the Brochure PDF (Economic Print version here) we published a couple of years ago. These were of a limited wordcount so if you feel inspired to inspire others, don’t worry about the length.
One of the pleasures of the St Ayles for me has been seeing the variety of features of the skiffs. As part of this site, I would like to gather pictures of each skiff, and especially how they have been finished – oarlocks, thwarts, rudders, footrests, any of the ways in which your skiff has been built. These will show new builders the different ways that the skiffs have been built, and give them inspiration for their build.
So, if you fancy writing about your skiff, please get your fingers on your keyboard, and get in touch with us at email@example.com.
Thank you in anticipation.
St Ayles Skiffs inspire people in many different ways. Michael Brolly built his St Ayles Sephira to talk to the whales. Watch the video below to see Mike telling the story of how he came to build Sephira in a TEDx talk.
And in case you haven’t heard of Sephira before, here she is at her first outing.
In late 2013, the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership from County Down in Northern Ireland contacted Jordan Boats about the possibility of building St Ayles Skiffs in eight communities around the Lough and close by. Troon CRC kindly offered to provide a skiff for a try out in January 2014, and following this, an order was placed for nine skiff kits.
Within a few months, the local groups were making good progress, with the builds being videoed to record the project for posterity. This video has now been released and can be found here:
It is thirty-eight minutes long but well worth every second to get a feel of what the St Ayles Skiff is about in engaging Communities in a project, both for those who have been involved from the start, and for anyone thinking of trying to start building a St Ayles in your community.