The second skiff to be built by members of the community in Wormit took a major step forward last week when it was ‘turned over’ in the shed at Sandford House to allow the internal fitting out to begin.
The occasion was celebrated with coffee and refreshment in the form of a large home-baked Dundee cake, which had been presented to Wormit by Ralph Knowles, lead builder of ‘Brochty’ from Broughty Ferry Rowing Club, which had been rowed across the river for the launch of the first skiff, ‘Catalina’, on September 21.
In the few weeks since Catalina was launched, local interest has grown steadily, with up to 17 people turning out for weekend taster sessions. Everyone is encouraged to learn the necessary nautical jargon which allows the coxswain, who controls the boat, to communicate clearly with the minimum of words. When rowing, it is most important for all four oars to keep exact time. Shortly, Wormit / Newport-on-Tay will be able to boast two St Ayles rowing skiffs on the water in time to practise for the coming racing season. Pictured with the skiff are, from left, Evelyn Hardie, Renée Hepburn, Jim Stewart, Ralph Webster, Nick Part, Dave Charles and Bruce Milne.