Taking a leaf out of Team GB’s book at the Rio Olympics, 11 members of the University of St Andrews have won two gold, four silver and two bronze medals at the St Ayles Skiff Rowing World Championships in Northern Ireland.
The Skiffie Worlds took place over six days at Strangford Lough with 41 clubs participating from the UK, Netherlands, USA, Canada, and Australia.
Races covered 2km with qualifier heats and finals held for women’s, men’s and mixed teams in different age categories, ranging from under 17 to 60+ years.
University of St Andrews staff and research students were part of successful teams representing St Ayles Rowing Club Anstruther (five members), Crail Rowing Club (two) and Pittenweem Rowing Club (four).
Rhona McLaren, who rowed for Gold at the Skiffie Worlds with her Anstruther Women’s Open team, said: “Local clubs frequently meet at regional regattas which involve travelling with families, friends and neighbours, and a skiff in tow to beautiful corners of Scotland – and now Northern Ireland.
“Although there can be a competitive edge to the races, the skiff rowing community exudes a spirit of inclusiveness and diversity, bringing together rowers from all ages, backgrounds and nationalities.
“There is a real festival atmosphere at these regattas.”