Classic Boat Magazine, which is usually several levels upmarket of where Skiffing probably lies, run a series of awards at the end of each year. This year some kind soul has nominated the St Ayles Skiff in the ‘Spirit of Tradition – less than 40′” category.
So Skiffies, you now have an opportunity to express your view of the outstanding little craft that Iain O and Alec J have conjured up for all to play with. Just visit the Classic Boat awards 2014 web page and register your vote, if all involved in Skiffiedom act in concert it should be a walkover ;-). You are looking for Category 4.
The January 2014 issue, which has just dropped through the letterbox, has a brief write up on p36 with a cracking snap from the Ullapool 2012 Regatta – possibly taken by Ullapool’s own John Britten. Compare the image above by John with the mag. It would have been nice to see the Photographer credited.
Unfortunately the proof reader was having an off day – a draught of 5’10″ would make Portys Surf exploits somewhat improbable.
Kathy Mansfield, renowned maritime photo journalist, has done a drop dead gorgeous report on SkiffieWorlds in the current edition of Water Craft Magazine – on the bookstalls now. Kathy’s report paints a vivid picture of those glorious days in July, accompanied as always by mouth-watering images. A very pleasant reminder of a fantastic event which should be on every Skiffies coffee table – rush out and get a copy now.
This issue is also notable for the first appearance of a St Ayles as the cover shot – in this case a superb capture by local master lensman, Steven Gourlay, of the Mens Open contingent of the Skiff World Champions, Coigach, storming home to a well deserved victory.
More of Kathy Mansfield’s super shots can be seen and enjoyed on her site
The Ulla Booze Crooze.
Since the end of the Worlds the Ullapool ‘A’ Team, finding they now had lots of spare time on their hands, have made a few alterations to ‘Ulla’, the most important of which is the provision of on board drink holders. The revamped Ulla was launched this evening on an unsuspecting Ullapool public. The usual Saturday evening crowd of colorful local characters were in evidence as Ulla staggered her way round the local hostelries – this was one launching where correct baptismal process was well and truly followed. As can be glimpsed from the snaps below a very important person once again graced one of UCRCs happenings. As a point of safety we would not normally condone undertaking a row this demanding without lifejackets – however in this instance the crew are fully trained and well experienced in the relevant procedures in the event of an inadvertent capsize.
Post Event note:-
Our undercover reporter (to preserve anonymity we will simply call him John) advises that the Golden Gals once again triumphed in taking the prize for best modified Skiff when the awards were announced – Well done to them.
Just a note to remind anybody thinking of getting in on the last orders for these that we close for orders at lunchtime tomorrow, 11th August.
While the ordering system seems to have worked pretty well regrettably we are aware of a few instances where the email post hasn’t delivered orders or, in reverse, the PayPal invoices - so if you tried to order and haven’t had an acknowledgement or Invoice then please let us know by getting in touch through the order form comment box on the SkiffieWorlds merchandise page . If you want to redo your order please do so but make sure you put a note that this is a repeat order in the comment box otherwise we will think it is a fresh one.
Thanks to the very many people who have continued to support our endeavours, your enthusiasm has been amazing.
A final order will be placed for Hoodies and T Shirts on 12th August – to make sure of yours go to the updated Merchandise page on SkiffieWorlds.com and place your order by lunchtime on 11th August.
Michael Brolly and Sephira’s Kickstarter funding appeal closed at $12,120 – a final beach bucket collection was enough to tip the balance. Michael and SkiffieWorlds are extremely grateful to all who answered the call to pledge which means that Sephira will be able to go home, there was a very real likelihood that she would have had to be sold if the appeal failed so huge relief all round.
SkiffieWorlds are extremely grateful to the Brolly family for taking the huge risk in bringing ‘the Musical Ark’ to the Worlds, she added a whole new layer of interest for all who came. Sadly the Loch didn’t fill with Whales when the wires were strung and Whalesong echo’d over (and through?) the Waters. Logistical issues prevented the underwater recordings that Michael so hoped to have made so we could hear what the music was like underwater.
We would also like to thank Michael for the fascinating talk and demonstration in the McPhail on the Tuesday evening – brilliant is the only word to describe it.