Grant to build boat for Alnmouth club

A community club in Alnmouth has been given a £1,000 cash boost from Northumberland County Council’s community chest fund.

Alnmouth Bay Community Rowing Association has been given the grant to help build a St Ayles Skiff, a traditional rowing boat developed by the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association.

When completed in June 2014 she will be based at Alnmouth and will be used for community recreation, competition and training.

Simon Rippon, secretary of the association said: “One of the aims of the association is to pass the traditional wood-working techniques and skills held by the older members of the club to the younger generation.

“The skiff lines are based on a Yoal, a double-ended rowing boat found along the Scottish East Coast as far North as Shetland and Fair Isle.

“Like the Northumbrian coble her pedigree goes back to Scandinavia and the Viking Longship with the St Ayles skiff sharing the characteristic graceful looks

“She also takes advantage of modern boat-building techniques to make her lighter and stronger than her traditional equivalent.

“The Association is most grateful to Northumberland County Council for their financial assistance which will enable the purchase of building materials and essential safety equipment.”