Community School of Davidson in Davidson, North Carolina launches the “Sea Spartan”, a St. Ayles Skiff designed by Iain Oughtred. Built in four months by students and teacher Jim Dumser in the Wood Arts class, the skiff is 22 feet long and rowed by a team of five. Started in 2009, the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project is growing by leaps and bounds worldwide with over 125 registered skiffs. The “Sea Spartan” has been designated US14 and is the thirteenth skiff built since 2009 in the United States.
“Sea Shadow,” Canada’s first St. Ayles skiff, was launched on June 1st. Twelve friends from the Bay of Quinte region in eastern Ontario started the project at the beginning of January. Most of the group knew their way around a woodworking shop and a few had prior boat building experience. Our hope is to see more boats built by communities in the region, around the province and across Canada. We will be taking the boat to this year’s WoodenBoat Show at Mystic Seaport to compete in North American Championships.