Young and old take to the water at skiff extravaganza

From left, Coun Kate Cairns, Craster club chairman Michael Doherty, Keith Broughton, Diane Forester and Craster club membership officer Amy Fettis, with The Jolly Fisherman skiff.
From left, Coun Kate Cairns, Craster club chairman Michael Doherty, Keith Broughton, Diane Forester and Craster club membership officer Amy Fettis, with The Jolly Fisherman skiff.

Crowds of people turned out to experience time aboard community-built skiffs.

Representatives from Craster Coastal Rowing Club and Amble Coastal Rowing Club were on hand to guide those keen to take to the sea.

The Jolly Fisherman skiff from Craster, as well as Amble skiffs Coquet Venture and Coquet Spirit were at the event, which took place in Craster on Easter Sunday.

One child per boat was also able to experience the trip towards Dunstanburgh Castle and back through the harbour.

Amy Fettis, membership officer for Craster, said: “It was great to have so many people turn up to the event and with the launch of our second community-built skiff, The Craster Kipper, imminent, we are so pleased to see this level of interest in sea rowing.

“We would love to hear from anyone who would like to have a go via our Facebook group, Craster Coastal Rowing Club.”

Club chairman Michael Doherty added: “Rowing a craft which has been funded and built by the community is both stimulating and satisfying.

“It requires effort, team work and commitment. The support of local businesses and organisations really does make this a community activity.”

Kate Cairns, county councillor for Craster, said: “It was fantastic to experience the hypnotic rhythm of rowing a skiff with a team.”

For details about the Amble club, visit the Amble Coastal Rowing Club Facebook page.