Kinghorn rowing group on the crest of a wave

Members of Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club visit their counterparts in St Andrews for a come and try session
Members of Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club visit their counterparts in St Andrews for a come and try session

Members of Kinghorn’s new coastal rowing club are on the crest of a wave after a huge surge in interest.

With almost 80 local people expressing an interest in being involved in the new group, plans are moving ahead at speed to secure funding to help build a skiff for the club, and a possible site on which to build a new boathouse has also been identified.

More names were added to the interested parties list when members of the new group, which was formed following a public meeting in Kinghorn Community Centre last month, took an information stall at the recent Kinghorn Lifeboat open day.

Chris Mitchell, a member of the group, said: “There was a lot of interest shown by people on the day, either just stopping for a chat to find out about our plans or actively expressing an interest in getting involved in the group.

“I think we picked up another 10 or so names from the event, which is great. There is such a lot of enthusiasm from people in taking this forward and everyone can’t wait for us to get our first boat out on the water!”

Chris explained the main priority was to build a boat, and applications for funding towards this had been sent off to various bodies.

“There will be a bit of a hiatus while we wait to hear back about the funding, and we may have to have more than one go. It costs £3500 to get a boat built and on the water, and in the meantime, we have been in contact with Fife Council about a piece of scrubland down at the beach where the old deck chair hire used to be sited as a possible site for building a boathouse on.

“It is Common Good land and would be ideal for our purposes, and not much use for anyone else, so that is something else we are looking into.”

Members of the group have also recently taken part in ‘come and try’ sessions at North Queensferry and St Andrews, which have thriving coastal rowing groups.

“These groups which were in the same position as us at this time last year are now flourishing,” said Chris.

Coastal rowing increases

In the last few years the popularity of coastal rowing has take off around Scotland, with groups springing up the length and breadth of the country.

There are now 67 St Ayles skiffs in use around Scotland.

In Fife there are currently groups in North Queensferry, Pittenweem, Anstruther, Crail, St Andrews, and Newburgh. With more under way in Kinghorn, St Monans, Wormit, Newport, and interest expressed in Burntisland and Dalgety Bay.