Another burgh joins the Fife skiff revival

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Competition is heating up along the coast as a local rowing team unveiled its finished skiff boat, while plans are under way for the first east of Fife regatta.

After several months of work Pittenweem Rowing Club unveiled its finished boat, named the Fisher Lass, to the local community at Pittenweem High Street and down at the harbour.

The club has yet to announce a date for the boat’s launch at sea but chairman Jim Morrison said he hoped the first outing on land would encourage more people to sign up to row.

He said: “People want to see it and touch it and, hopefully, Saturday will have helped to get people interested in rowing. Lots of people are keen to try.”

The boat will boast a specially designed logo for the rowing Club, as well as the Pittenweem coat of arms. The club ultimately hopes to have five to six rowing teams.

Mr Morrison is looking forward to some friendly rivarly between St Ayle’s Club in Anstruther and Crail Rowing Club, which is still working to complete its boat.

Pittenweem plans to take part in races at Port Seton, Cumbrae and Portsoy as well as an East of Fife regatta, where local teams will go oar to oar for the first time on August 12, as part of the Anstruther Muster. The East Neuk race will be the first of its kind for the area and organisers hope it will become an annual tradition.

While the skiff kits, produced by Leven businessman Alec Jordan, have proven popular, it seems one East Neuk community will not be taking part in this year’s race.

Just a mile along from Pittenweem, St Monans Community Council had to abandon plans to build a skiff and return funds due to low numbers, but said the project could be re-visited if there was more interest in the future.