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The BoatBuilding and Rowing Challenge

North American Championship

June 28-30, 2013 at the WoodenBoat Show, Mystic, CT

St. Ayles Skiff, photo courtesy Peter Nisbet
The St. Ayles Skiff, photo courtesy Peter Nisbet

WoodenBoat’s Boatbuilding And Rowing Challenge (BARC) is a program designed to encourage high school students to work together in building a boat. We will be posting information about schools’ progress below. You may post comments below as well. The design we have chosen is the St. Ayles Skiff.

The St. Ayles Skiff was designed by Iain Oughtred in Scotland at the request of the Scottish Fisheries Museum. Its initial purpose was to serve as a rowing boat that communities could build and then compete in rowing races with other communities. The Scottish Coastal Rowing Project’s website will keep you abreast on that group’s history, present, and future. Almost 50 boats have been built in Scotland so far. The St. Ayles Skiff is 22 ft long, with a beam of 5′8″. The standard crew is four rowers, each with a single oar, and a coxswain. The name of the design comes from the former chapel which now forms the entrance to the Scottish Fisheries Museum. The boat weighs approximately 330 pounds without crew.

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