Our first St Ayles Coastal Rowing Skiff is launched.
Sunday 17 February not only drew a large crowd to watch the launch of ‘Leopard’, this also marked the official adoption of coastal rowing at HBYC. Led by a Scottish Piper, members and visitors followed the skiff down to the NSRI slipway, where HBYC Commodore Paul Dalton officially named the skiff and poured a ‘wee dram’ of Glenlivet Founders Reserve over the Leopard figurehead, before she gracefully slid into the water. A proud moment for everyone involved in building the boat, especially for Chris Sutton who did the lion’s share of the craftsmanship.
Introducing the St Ayles Skiff to Hout Bay
Over 50 people attended our recent presentation to introduce the concept of adding coastal rowing to the waterborne activities at HBYC. The feedback was hugely positive … Hout Bay want to start rowing!
Paul Tomes (Rear Commodore Keelboats at HBYC), has been communicating with Alec Jordan, from the United Kingdom for several weeks now, to secure the rights to build the St Ayles Skiff in Hout Bay. The Skiff was designed by Iain Oughtred and Alec is responsible for the design and supply of the CNC kits to build the skiff throughout the United Kingdom, and many other parts of the world.
Local Hout Bay boat builder Roy McBride, has agreed to cut and supply the CNC kits and also to source and supply many of the other materials needed. Peter Adamo also a local boat builder (the Sentinel and Explorer traditional day sailors) has stepped in to give advice and support for the overall project. “This is not just about adding rowing to HBYC’s waterborne activities”… comments Paul, “It’s about creating a recreational activity that brings different communities together in Hout Bay”. “The St Ayles Skiff is the perfect boat … relatively easy to build and very easy for absolute beginners to learn how to row as part of a 5-person team (four rowers and a cox in each boat)”.
From the feedback forms filled in at the presentation, the plan is now to link people up in communities to create syndicates to fund and build the boats. We will be communicating with everyone shortly. In the interim, Paul is determined to get the ball rolling and hopes to convince a few club members this coming weekend to chip in the money needed to build the first boat.
Alec Jordan has also put us in touch with Robbie Wightman from the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association and Patrick Groot, from the St Ayles Skiff Community Rowing Association of Australia, both of whom have been immensely helpful as to the best way to set up our own coastal skiff rowing association in South Africa. Plus we have an invitation to enter a South African team in the 2019 St Ayles ‘Skiffie’ World Championships!… who’s game?
SUPs, Paddlers and Rowers in the Bay
It was great to see the bay full of everything that floats over the weekend of our Admiral’s Regatta. Dave Marrs and colleagues from Simonstown, brought two of their rowing quads over the hill to join SUPs, Prone Paddlers and Kayaks, enjoyed perfect conditions in the bay.
The Rowers went as far out as Seal Island, whilst the rest of the paddlers had a friendly race around the HBYC race marks, crossing over the bay to Ore Jetty and round Tintswalo. Many thanks also to Paolo Lupini and his daughter Gabriella for mustering quite a crowd of paddlers (what is the collective noun for paddlers … a scoop?). You can find out more about SUPs on their facebook page
Photographer Alec Smith, spotted the paddlers in the bay, grabbed his camera and leapt on to one of the HBYC
rescue boats and captured some great images. All Alec’s images can be viewed, here:
Visit Cape Coastal Rowing.
NEWS FLASH: Hout Bay Yacht Club will soon be home to coastal rowing with the introduction of the St Ayles 22’
Skiff. This exciting project will launch in June with the construction of Skiffs at HBYC. For more information contact
Paul Tomes at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s a link to a St Ayles video to whet your appetite.