Elie Skiff at the V&A Opening


12 St Alyes coastal rowing skiffs from clubs in Fife ,Lothians and Tayside met at Wormit sailing club. The weather was sunny and warm with light southwest wind . We rowed up the Tay under the rail bridge against the tide. (Hugging the shore to keep out of the worst of the current)

We were told that passing trains would give a ‘hoot ‘ and they surprisingly did. We returned through the central spans of the bridge and make a course for Tayport passing under the road bridge. The tide made it a leisurely row ..

After the lighthouse it was a left turn over the Tay to the Royal Tay yacht club at Broughty ferry where coffee /cakes were gladly received. Minor repairs where carried out to the stoke oar and we were off  up the Tay to the V+A.

The wind freshened from the south west and rowing required a little more effort. Arriving at the V and A we saluted by raising our oars, a scary operation.

Back to Wormit sailing club where hot soup was waiting for us and more home baking.

10.5 miles of rowing . Well done to the Elie crew . We had good banter with the other crews.

Thank you to Wormit for hosting this event and ‘Broughty for providing a relaxing stop off point.

David S. Chalmers