The St Ayles Rowing Club started in May 2010 and is a combination of men and women in the East Neuk who have come together to enjoy the sport of rowing.
The type of boats rowed are called 'St Ayles Skiffs' which are a design commissioned by the Museum from renowned boat designer Ian Oughtred and are made from a plywood kit. These reasonably priced kits can be purchased from Jordan Boats, partners in the project, with the Museum earning a royalty from each kit sold. Each skiff requires a team of four rowers and one coxswain to complete a full crew with each rower taking one oar.
The Chris o' Kanaird was the prototype boat built by Jordan Boats and purchased by the Museum. Use is given to the club to help encourage the community to join in and become part of this project and by visiting other coastal towns and villages to encourage them that they to can see the benefits for their community. Our second boat, the St Ayles, was built at the Museum by students and volunteers and completed exactly a year after the first giving the opportunity to have two boats out competing at the same time.
The club is part of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association which started in 2010 to build up the coastal rowing sport by having inter-community regattas throughout Scotland. In the first year there have been a number of such regattas held in Scotland from Portsoy to Eyemouth and with the increasing number of boats being built we shall see the number of events grow over the next few years. Around 100 skiffs have been built in three years, including in the USA, Holland and Australia.
If you would like to find out more about the rowing club or would like to come have a go then please visit the website at http://www.staylesrc.org.uk.