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Community Awards Fund supports local boat building and community project

Thursday 24 January 2013

St Ayles Rowing Club

The East Neuk Community Awards fund is pleased to support a local project which has spawned a national initiative for coastal communities.  We have long been a supporter of the Scottish Fisheries Museum in Anstruther and the St Ayles Rowing Club came out of there.

The St Ayles Rowing Club was established in May 2010 as part of a community project to try and bring together people of all ages who would like to get involved with something that would not only help their fitness but more importantly as a social method of getting to know the people in your area and have a bit of fun along the way.

The initial idea behind this came from the Scottish Fisheries Museum who commissioned the first Skiff and the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project whose aim was to have communities building and rowing the boats in inter-community regattas.

The boats are handbuilt by volunteers using a kit made by Jordan Boats, of East Wemyss following a traditional design.

For the Awards Fund this project epitomises much that is wonderful about the East Neuk: tradition small in scale, but deep in expertise and still relevant today. Communities coming together to turn an idea into reality and then to share this experience so that fellow communities all over Scotland can share the benefit.  All this while supporting local jobs.

The St Ayles Rowing Club can be justly proud of what it has already achieved and we are pleased to be able to help it continue to make headway.


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