The St Ayles Skiff Saorsa was officially welcomed at The Nicolson Institute yesterday (Thursday) . It was originally created as part of a new boat building course combining creativity and carpentry at the school. The project, first run as a weekly after-school club by Master Mariner Angus Smith, started at the end of September 2013 and saw a small class of students introduced to the world of boat building.
“It is traditional style boat building,” Angus Smith told EVENTS newspaper at the time. “The first boat we’re going to build is a St Ayles Skiff, the boats that have been built all over Scotland for the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project"
The wooden St Ayles Skiff has gained in popularity in recent years, thanks to the success of the Coastal Rowing Project, which encourages boat building and rowing racing in coastal communities. Built purely for rowing, there is space for four rowers and a coxswain in the boat, which is based on the traditional Fair Isle skiff.