Club aiming to launch skiff for community use

Volunteers who are building a skiff in Amble.
Volunteers who are building a skiff in Amble.

Volunteers from a recently-formed community group have been building a traditional rowing boat, which is set to be unveiled later this month.

Members of Amble Coastal Rowing Club are finishing off their own version of a St Ayles skiff, having started construction in the spring.

The vessel is a traditional coastal sea rowing boat and the project has received cash from the Big Lottery Fund.

The group, which formed last year, will be unveiling the skiff during Amble’s harbour day on Sunday, August 24.

It will be on display at the town’s Little Shore in the morning, before being launched in the afternoon.

It is hoped that a local member of the clergy will bless the vessel, which is to be christened with Alnwick Rum.

The club also plans to start work on a second skiff and chairman Rob Angus says both vessels will be there for the community to use.

He said: “The aim is to use them as a basis for coastal rowing activities. To row the boats we built ourselves, for pleasure, fitness, social events or just for the sheer fun of it.”

He added that the group would be keen to involve the skiffs in next year’s puffin festival, as well as joining in with the Christmas lights parade.

Anyone can join the club and help with building.