Another skiff joins the fleet in the North East

Action from the race at Derwenthaugh Marina with the Pride of Aln fourth from the front.
Action from the race at Derwenthaugh Marina with the Pride of Aln fourth from the front.

A community rowing club has taken part in its first semi-competitive race against other vessels from the region, including another crew from north Northumberland.

On Bank Holiday Monday, the Alnmouth Bay Community Rowing Association (ABCRA) travelled to Derwenthaugh Marina on the Tyne at Gateshead for the launch of the eighth St Ayles skiff to be built by communities of Northumbria. The latest boat was named Harry Clasper after a legendary 19th-century Tyne rower who won countless races including the world championship.

After the launch, ABCRA took part in its first semi-competitive race against five other skiffs from around the North East and Scotland.

The Pride of Aln finished a creditable fourth out of the six crews, who, except for the Harry Clasper, all had considerably more experience.

The other boats were from Amble – Coquet Spirit, Blyth, Gosforth, Gateshead and Port Seton (Scotland). Regular drop-in rowing sessions are held at Alnmouth boathouse on Wednesday evenings from 6pm and Sunday mornings from 10am, weather permitting).

The next regatta event will be at the Amble Puffin Festival on Sunday, May 31, from noon.