Five years in the making The Stranraer Coastal Rowing Club was established in 2018 as a result of work done by The St Ayles Skiff project; a partnership between Stranraer Water Sports Association and The Rotary Club of Stranraer.
The club exists:
- To promote participation and social integration in the amateur sport of Coastal Rowing for the benefit of the community of Stranraer and the surrounding areas.
- To promote itself within that local community and within the coastal rowing community.
- To construct and maintain coastal rowing boats.
- To organise regattas, competitions and other events.
- To provide training and development opportunities particularly with regard to youth engagement.
- to help the local community.
In order to achieve these aims a boat was built – the ‘Lady Bay’, you may have seen this beautiful craft out on the waters of Loch Ryan last summer. During the building phase members of the local community volunteered to help and with no previous knowledge of boat building created the Lady Bay.
Since its completion many local people from all walks of life have tried their hand at rowing and most have enjoyed the sense of freedom coupled with teamwork that propelling the boat engenders.
Now we have the opportunity to move forward on two fronts. Another boat is being built, managed by the St Ayles Skiff Project, and more volunteers have come forward to become involved with this process; additionally, the Lady Bay, currently operated by the Stranraer Coastal Rowing Club, will be available for rowing sessions on Loch Ryan.
The Stranraer Coastal Rowing Club is a warm and friendly organisation where everyone is welcome. We are particularly looking forward to welcoming all of the clubs attending Skiffieworlds 2019 and are sure that our visitors will enjoy the many attractions of the area in addition to the superb rowing opportunities offered by Loch Ryan!