On Monday 8th July, the Princess Royal will launch the first ever St Ayles Skiff World Championships in Ullapool, Ross-shire. This heralds the start of a week-long rowing event, which will see more than 30 teams from as far away as the USA, New Zealand and Australia, compete on the waters of Loch Broom.
Hundreds of spectators and competitors are expected to gather in Ullapool to watch, support and take part in the new Championships. St Ayles Skiffs have initially been built by communities and groups across Scotland but interest in them has grown internationally and they are now built around the world.
The local boat ‘Ulla’ is already known to the Royal Family having attended, at the invite of the Lord-Lieutenant of Ross & Cromarty, Mrs Janet Bowen, the Jubilee Thames Regatta last year.
The Ullapool Coastal Rowing Club is delighted that this relationship is strengthened further with the Princess Royals’ visit. Members look forward to welcoming Her Royal Highness and introducing her to the local and visiting skiff communities, as well as the many supporters of the event.
Topher Dawson, Convenor of the Club said “This is a really exciting way to open the World Championships. The spectacle of over 30 rowing skiffs on the waters of Lochbroom will be a sight to behold, and it is especially fitting this will be witnessed by the Princess Royal”.
The governing body, the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, has fully supported Ullapool’s hosting of the first Championships. Robbie Wightman,Chair, said “the skiff community has grown remarkably over the past year, from the first boat launched in 2010. It is a real endorsement that the Princess Royal is opening this first ever World Championships, and we are proud to introduce her to this community based sport.”
The Ullapool Coastal Rowing Club is extremely grateful to all our sponsors and supporters who have made this event possible. More information can be found on the St Ayles Skiff World Championships Worlds website www.skiffieworlds.com/ and on Facebook.