Villagers get ready to race Fisher Lass

Skiff launch
Skiff launch

RESIDENTS from across Pittenweem have shown their community spirit by backing the creation of their very own St Ayles Skiff.

Launched officially on Saturday in the harbour, it’s hoped that ‘Fisher Lass’ will help lead teams from the village to success in up-coming coastal rowing regatta races.

Coastal rowing has seen a resurgence in popularity over the last few years, with local villages using kits created by Leven based Alec Jordan to create their vessel.

Jim Morrison, who is chair of the Pittenweem Rowing Club, told the Mail: “We got involved about 18 months ago when a group of us decided to make one.

“Lots of others were doing it so we thought it’d be a good idea.

“It’s taken 16 months or so to get it fully built but it’s floating great and it’s totally finished.

“Around 40 of us ended up getting involved in some way or another, ranging from people who were involved in the building of the boat to others who helped with PR and fundraising.

“It’s been a real community effort.”

The Pittenweem team, made up of men’s and women’s sides, will race the boat for the first time at South Queensferry in June.

Fisherlass will then make her way to Portsoy in Aberdeen to take part in the spectacular Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.

“We’ve already been out training a few times and had a bit of practice around Anstruther,” added Mr Morrison.

“It’s been good and everybody has really enjoyed it.”

Coastal rowing was originally very popular back in the 1950s and 60s between villages sitting by the sea.

It lost favour as the years went on, but has seen a resurgence, particularly locally, in recent years with Mr Jordan spearheading its revival.