An East Neuk burgh is gearing up for a showcase event which could not only secure its future as a ‘must-see’ visitor destination, but strengthen ties within the former fishing community.
Anstruther’s 2014 Regatta, from May 10-11, promises to be a celebration of traditional rowing skills with local skiffs, together with skiffs from further afield, competing for top honours.
With several different classes of races being held throughout the two days, and a tug-o-war competition, there will be plenty of action on the water off the East Neuk town.
St Ayles Rowing Club (Anstruther) was as part of an adventurous community project aimed at getting people of all ages together in a fun and healthy social activity.
The St Ayles skiff started as a commission by the Scottish Fisheries Museum to get the skill of boat building back into the museum and, once developed, the boat was available to be bought by communities in kit form.
They then build the kit and, when completed, the community rows the boat.
St Ayles Rowing Club (RC) is a member of the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project, which grew from a joint initiative to encourage community boat-building and rowing in inter-club regattas across the country.
Spokesman David Tod said: “The aim of the regatta is to provide both a well-run event for rowing club crews and their followers and to create a spectacle that will encourage day and weekend visitors to Anstruther.”
Up to 10 St Ayles Skiff teams from all over the country are anticipated to attend.
Teams will have crews of five per race and there are 12 racing categories taking place over the two days, with prizes being presented after the last race.
Skiff teams will arrive on the Friday evening or Saturday morning and stay till Sunday evening.
St Ayles RC has done everything possible to ensure the event does not fall foul of the elements, setting out two alternative courses to take account of weather and wind direction.
The famous Anstruther RNLI BBQ will be fired up to feed rowers and spectators, with the home team providing a range of refreshments, soup, and home baking. For more on the regatta, visit www.staylesrc.org.uk/regatta.html.