Troon Coastal Rowing Club aims to promote coastal rowing to as many people as possible. It's not only a fantastic form of exercise but great fun.
On Monday 16th May, a team of volunteers assembled in a shed at Troon Marina to begin one of the most exciting projects in the town in recent years. This was the first day of a project to build a 22' wooden rowing boat, called the St Ayles skiff, for the Troon community and, in particular, for the young people and Youth Groups of the Town. Coastal rowing is developing quickly around the coast of the British Isles and Scotland is no exception. There are some 40 Scottish boats at present and the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association has already organised a number of Regattas, each of which is in community ownership.
The idea began in the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther, and is a re-awakening of an old tradition where Scottish fishing villages had a tradition of competing against each other in rowing races. The first replica boat was built in Anstruther, in association with the museum, and the idea soon spread. A commercial company now produces an inexpensive basic kit for the boat which is made solely from marine ply panels and epoxy resin. There are very strict measurement rules for the building project to keep all the boats the same. The St. Ayles skiff is designed for four single-oar crew and a coxswain and is 22' long and approximately 6' in beam. A finished boat costs around £3000.
The Troon boat kit was spopnsored by Tunnocks and is a joint Marr College and Troon community project co-ordinated by Vincent McWhirter, South Ayrshire Council's Duke of Edinburgh Awards Development Officer. A team of interested volunteers from the town has been recruited and, with further sponsorship by West Coast Marine Services, of the use of a building shed at the marina, the project was ready to go.
The kit has been delivered and the team has started the work of cutting out all the panels and will soon see the boat start to take shape. The project is expected to take about four months. During this time. further discussion about the boat's future use and management will be going on.
If any individual or organisation wishes to be involved in this exciting project during construction or when the boat is completed, especially youth groups please contact 01292 319357.
Our first skiff has had a refurbishment carried over the winter months and returned to service on the 17th March 2019.New footplates were designed and fitted in preparation for the Skiffie Worlds in July this year.
With the University of The West of Scotland considering introducing Water Sports on the River Ayr our club was invited to take part in a trial row.Apart from a muddy launch the row was a success.While taking part we were informed we were the first wooden boat on the River for fifty years.