Local Success in Skiffie World Championships 2019
This summer Stranraer hosted St Ayles Skiffs for their three yearly world championships with her royal highness Princess Anne officially opening the competition.
According to the Scottish Coastal Rowing website "An astonishing seven hundred crews have entered, making this quite possibly the largest coastal rowing regatta ever held in the UK. Scottish communities are well represented by clubs, and are joined by clubs that have travelled from Northern Ireland, England, South Africa, Netherlands, USA, Australia and Canada."
Local clubs travelled to Stranraer for the competition from Dundrum, Sketrick, Strangford, Portaferry and Killyleagh with great success! At the end of the week three of these clubs finished in the top five!
For full detail of the event and all the results please see https://scottishcoastalrowing.org/page/5/
Just some of the highlights were the local clubs who came back to Northern Ireland as 2019 World Champions in the following St Ayles Skiff races :
Mixed Open B: Strangford
40+ Men: Dundrum
U19 Women: Dundrum
50+ Women: Dundrum
50+ Men: Dundrum
U40 Women: Sketrick
U17 Mixed: Dundrum
U17 Women: Dundrum
60+ Mixed: Sketrick
280+ Mixed : Strangford
60+ Men: Sketrick
And these are just the gold medal winners, there were many silver and bronze medals won by local clubs too!
And Dundrum came home overall winners and World Champions for a second time! A points competition is run throughout the week of Skiffieworlds, with points awarded to every crew in each category, depending where they come in their heat, repechage or final. Each club’s best six results out of the categories count towards the total for that club. Congratulations to Dundrum who won the points competition. Sketrick were leading the medal table after the first 3 days but by the end of the week Dundrum were worthy champions, beating Sketrick into second place and Strangford (who had amassed the second highest overall points tally) into fifth.
photo credit @dundrumcoastalrowing on Facebook