New rowing club set to launch in Kinghorn

Carolyn Keane with Chris Mitchell at Kinghorn bay
Carolyn Keane with Chris Mitchell at Kinghorn bay

Residents in Kinghorn are excited about the formation of the town’s first rowing club.

Following an enthusiastic meeting at Kinghorn Sailing Club at the weekend which was attended by more than 20 people, with many more expressing an interest, The Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club has been formed.

And its first priorities will be to find a suitable site to build a boathouse and fundraising to start building a boat!

The new club will be chaired by local woman Carolyn Keane who helped lead the venture alongside Chris Mitchell of the local Community Council, and with firm support from many local residents.

Chris said: “There was a lot of enthusiasm at the meeting and I am confident from the people involved that we have a great deal of experience from people with lots of skills in the areas of fundraising, boat building, running voluntary organisations and much more.

“Now that we have formally formed a club we will be looking for somewhere in Kinghorn bay where we can build a boathouse and start building our first boat.

“If we can find a workshop premises soon then we could start to build while we apply for planning for a boathouse, and we would hope to have our first boat built and out on the Forth later this year.”

With around 60 people expressing an interest in joining the club, Chris said the ideal scenario would be to have two boats to accommodate everyone wishing to row.

The boat it plans to build will be a St Ayle’s skiff, a traditional style 22-foot long rowing boat for four people with a helm. It will be built from a kit supplied by Leven-based Jordan Boats.

Rowing clubs are growing in popularity with around eight on the Forth coastline and dozens more around the Scottish coast.