A new club has just been launched in King’s Lynn that will be building and racing boats known as St Ayles skiffs along the Great Ouse.
The King’s Lynn Coastal Rowing Club (KLCRC) is a community project with lottery funding to build 2 St Ayles Skiffs with a view to offer boat building experience and then recreational rowing and racing on the river.
The club say that anyone is be welcome to join in the building and later take part in the racing. Experienced members will be present at all times to help and guide.
The 22ft boats will be built at T S Vancouver, near the new pontoons on the South Quay.
There are 80 St Ayles Skiffs in build in the UK and 50 more worldwide. In Norfolk the Blakeney club is about to launch its second skiff and the Wells club has two in build. The first world championships were held in Ullapool last July and opened by Princess Anne.
Cllr Alistair Beales said “The Borough Council is delighted to assist this Club which could do so much to help revitalise the waterfront and give a lot of fun to volunteer boat builders, rowers and spectators when practice and racing starts on the River Ouse in Kings Lynn”
Discovery Centre Manager Jimmy Yallop said “we look forward to taking part in this fantastic opportunity.”
Associations, companies and groups will be invited to build competitive or recreational rowing teams with the KLCRC’s help and support.
The project has been funded by donations from The Big Lottery fund, Co-operative Membership Community, King’s Lynn Borough Council and individual donations. The Club will need to find further funds for equipment.
Launch evenings for any interested parties to meet the committee will at 7pm on Monday 7th and Thursday 10th April, at The Crown and Mitre, Ferry Street PE30 1LJ