Fifers enjoy Skiff World Championship

A team of 22 rowers from the St Ayles rowing club in Anstruther.
A team of 22 rowers from the St Ayles rowing club in Anstruther.

Along with boats from Crail, Pittenweem and Newburgh they raced in the event held over four days and saw around 30 races for men, women and mixed teams.

Shona Muirhead from the team said: “The races over a 2km distance with a buoy turn at the half way mark were a test of stamina and determination as the finishes were extremely close and on several occasions we were beat into fourth place by a fraction of a second.

“Our ladies 40+ team cruised home comfortably in their heat, securing their place in the final where they were delighted to be the first crew to bring home a medal by finishing only a second behind the Port Seton ladies.

“On the final day it was the ladies open team that provided one of the most exciting races with two teams fighting for gold neck and neck all the way to the finish line only to be beaten at the post by the ladies from Coigach Community Rowing. “

Participating in 11 out of the 20 more competitive categories the Anstruther team put in a great performance to finish fifth out of the 31 clubs taking part.
The community project started with the commission of the Skiff by the Scottish Fisheries Museum and aims to bring people together to build and then row the boat.

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