Author Archives: Bruce

December 2017

Things slowed down in December, a very cold shed didnt make for a productive environment so we went to the pub for a belated “boat turn” drink.

Skiff Turned 15th November 2017

The Skiff has finally been turned, some 14 months after started the project. We wanted to put an epoxy coat on before turning but the weather turned cold, so we just turned.

The month has been spent scrapping off all the old expoxy and Andy has been making some lovely looking Breasthooks by laminating some of the material left over from the stems.

 

October 2017

October was all about attaching the keel  then sanding the side of the boat and getting it ready to be turned.

8th September 2017 Great River Race

St Ayles skiff wins the Great River Race!!!!!

Well done the crew of Felton Flyer who won the overall race with a time of 2 hours :32mins. Very quick. Although due to the use of non standard oars I understand they didnt win the St Ayles Trophy.

Great day out and also a great opportunity to see other St Ayles skiff. Many thanks to crew of boat 100 who rowed in the second St Ayles skiff built and provided quite a few tips about the build features they liked.

We had one scout rowing, (Well done Angus), and we already have half a crew “signed” up for next year. The full face results are here https://www.greatriverrace.co.uk/text_files/2017ProvResults.htm

We finished 306, which was our best time ever, despite having a few mishapes along the way and rowing with 3 oars for over half the race. First we “lost” the oar after being ambushed by buoy, then after getting it back, we then broke not one but both oarlocks for the stroke meaning we could row 3 oared . New oars definately helped, but they also showed up the weakness in the oarlocks. Great day out had by all.