Local citizens pull hard to form a rowing club

Public meeting on 30th Jan 2019


An enthusiastic and diverse group of Burntislanders have come together for the purpose of forming a local coastal rowing group. Calling themselves a launch committee the group includes venerable members of the Burntisland Sailing Club keen to share their nautical knowledge, a young professional looking for a serious workout in a more exciting location than “the gym”, a couple of “cake rowers” you know, the kind who just want a wee row and a bit of cake, a disabled gentleman keen to stay active, a few members of other rowing clubs who want Burntisland to have what they currently have to go elsewhere to get and a guy with a dog. With such a diverse group of people it would be easy to expect plenty of pulling in different directions. Not so, they all seem to agree that there is room in the boat for everyone, and more. The group met for the second time in early December where the discussion included questions like whether to buy or build the boat, where to keep and launch it, fundraising, infrastructure, policy, would it be affiliated with the sailing club or an independent organisation, what should take priority, what should be done first? At which point the salty voice of experience hove into view. “The single most important thing to ensure the success of a young club is its members”. Says Chris Mitchell, one of the founding members of the Kinghorn Coastal Rowing Club.

To that end we, the members of this… launch group… thing, invite you, the people of Burntisland and beyond, to this: the first meeting of your burgeoning and yet unnamed new coastal rowing club. At 7pm on Wednesday 30th January, 2019 at the Roasting Project Coffee House, we will form the necessary committees and chart a course forward. Huzzah!

Intro to St Ayles Skiff (pdf)An excerpt from the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association website: The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association was formed on 29 May 2010 to encourage boat building and rowing and racing of coastal rowing boats around the Scottish coastline. Communities are encouraged to become involved in the building of new boats to be rowed, principally the St Ayles skiff. Thousands of people new to these activities are enjoying the teamwork required to build and race these skiffs. As well as making new friends within their communities, participants meet and learn about the other communities who are participating, many of which share a common history through the sea.

For more information on the St Ayles Skiff, click the image on the left to read an Introduction from the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association.

Questions, questions, questions? Contact us at rowing@burntislandsailing.org.uk


A skiff off Anstruther


Under the Forth Bridge