As announced in January, Skiffieworlds, the World Championships for the St Ayles Class of coastal rowing boat, will take place in Stranraer (south west Scotland) from 7th to 13th July 2019.
The championship races will be 2000 m out and back races on a multi lane course on Loch Ryan. It is proposed that races will be held in the following categories:
Under 17: Male, Female, Mixed
Under 19: Male, Female, Mixed
Under 40: Male and Female
Open: Male, Female, Mixed A and Mixed B
Over 40: Male, Female, Mixed
Over 50: Male, Female, Mixed
Over 60: Male, Female
Plus one older mixed category, still to be defined.
It is anticipated that every category will involved heats and a final. Some categories may require a repechage or semi-finals. The open mixed B will not count towards “championship points”.
All skiffs used in the championships must be on the St Ayles Skiff Craft Register. They should bear their number from the register in the bow of their skiff.
Just by way of a reminder, entries will not be accepted for the championships from clubs or groups who race at the Great River Race or other multi class events when deliberately transgressing the measurement rules for the St Ayles skiff. See this earlier post for the reasoning behind that decision. Such boats may also be suspended from the register.
Each club can only enter one skiff to the championships. Local clubs with more than one boat are called upon to lend a skiff to overseas clubs.
All skiffs used will be measured at the championships to ensure that they comply with the measurement rules. If they do not comply a sanction will be applied in accordance with the SCRA rules of racing: either a time penalty or a disqualification. It is the responsibility of each group to ensure that their skiff complies with the measurement rules, not the responsibility of anyone else to advise them in advance that they do not.