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WiSe Training -12th March 2016

Created on: Monday, 25 January 2016. Posted in: News | Projects News

Dundrum Coastal Rowing Icebreaker Regatta 23rd January 2016

Created on: Monday, 25 January 2016. Posted in: Press Releases | News | Projects News | Skiffie Worlds 2016

Dundrum Coastal Rowing Club hosted its "Icebreaker Challenge" rowing regatta on the 23rd January, the first coastal rowing regatta of 2016. The hand built St Ayles Skiffs took part from the villages of Donaghadee, Dundrum, Killyleagh, Portaferry and Strangford; unfortunately 2 boats were undergoing repairs and couldn’t make it. Special thanks have to go to "The Dundrum Development Association Ltd" for sponsoring the event, the time keepers and our rescue boat team.

The "Frozen Rollocks Trophy" for best club on the day went to Dundrum


The Lecale Big Swim and Paddle

Created on: Tuesday, 28 July 2015. Posted in: Projects News

Hundreds to Join the Lecale ‘Big Swim and Paddle’

6 village communities along the Lecale Coast, County Down, are inviting everyone to celebrate their beautiful beaches on 1 August with The Lecale ‘Big Swim and Paddle’ when hundreds of people are expected to take to the water, following the 'Big Swim and Paddle' from...


Created on: Tuesday, 21 July 2015. Posted in: News | Projects News | Coastal Rowing News

Young People Take to the Water


Skiffie Worlds 2016

Created on: Thursday, 25 June 2015. Posted in: News | Projects News | Coastal Rowing News

Skiffie Worlds 2016

We are very excited to be hosting the Skiffieworlds 25th to 30th July 2016 here in Strangford Lough Co Down, Northern Ireland, the event is...

World Championships Come to Strangford Lough

Created on: Thursday, 04 June 2015. Posted in: News | Projects News | Coastal Rowing News

Strangford Lough, County Down, Northern Ireland, has been selected as the venue for a major, international coastal rowing event, "Skiffieworlds 2016"; it was announced today, by the Scottish Coastal Rowing Association (SCRA). 800 competitors, some from as far away as the United States and Tasmania, and up to 60 boats, are expected to participate in these World Championships for the St Ayles' Skiff class of coastal rowing boat. The event will be hosted by the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership (SLLP), working closely with the SCRA, and with the support of local councils and...

The Narrows Challenges 2015

Created on: Wednesday, 03 June 2015. Posted in: News | Projects News | Coastal Rowing News

The Narrows Challenges 2015 will take place on the morning of  Saturday the 13th June as part of the Strangford Lough Festival.  
The Elite race at 10am is for each clubs best team, the winning boat will lift the Narrows Challenges trophy as won by Killyleaghs Skart last year. There will be 2 shorter sprint races, the ladies race commences at 11am and the men set of at  11:30am.
The coastal rowing races can be viewed from both Portaferry and Strangford Villages. 
There will a prize giving along the Shore front in Portaferry.

Heritage Day 21st March Portaferry

Created on: Monday, 16 March 2015. Posted in: News | Press Releases | Projects News | Turn o' the Tide News | Trails Maps & Guides News | Townlands & Gateways News

Come Celebrate Portaferry's Wildlife and Built Heritage on 21 March
Hedgerows, woodland, sea shore and magnificent buildings are just some of the features of Portaferry's incredible heritage and on Saturday 21 March, St Mary's Primary school, in association with the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership is inviting everyone to get out and enjoy it.
The event will run from 11am to 3pm with lots of family activities. You can learn some bush skills with the National Trust at Nugent's Wood, plant some trees and get up close to marine beasties with Ulster Wildlife's Touch Tank at...

BBC Countryfile Film Skiffs in Ardglass

Created on: Thursday, 05 March 2015. Posted in: News | Press Releases | Projects News | Coastal Rowing News

BBC Countryfile came to Ardglass to film the St Ayles skiffs that have been built in communities around the coast from Donaghadee to Dundrum, Helen Skelton was filmed rowing Kircubbin's Black Neb Vixen and helping with some boat building.  The programme will be going out on BBC 1 Sunday 15th of March 2015 18.50 make sure you watch.  

Could you be a heritage guide?

Created on: Tuesday, 20 January 2015. Posted in: News | Projects News | Maritime Heritage Guide Training

Could you be a Maritime Heritage Guide?

County Down needs more heritage guides and now you can get free training with recognised qualifications and lots of support to share your interest in our maritime history, wildlife, buildings and special sites and perhaps set up a part-time business. Even if you would just like to give tours and presentations for your community, your school or other groups, this short Maritime Heritage Guide course will help you to build up your knowledge and stories and also give you the techniques, confidence and practical skills to lead a group as well...

Townlands and Gateways

Created on: Monday, 12 January 2015. Posted in: Press Releases | News | Projects News

Farmers and landowners invited to participate in
townlands and gateways project

The Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership are restoring tradition gateways as part of our townlands and gateways project and are asking local farmers and landowners to get involved. We restore sets of traditional gates and stone gateposts at no cost to the farmer. Through this work we hope to provide opportunities for local people to find out more about traditional farm practices and built heritage on their land. We have already...

How to build a St Ayles Skiff in 7 minutes!

Created on: Thursday, 18 December 2014. Posted in: Projects News | Coastal Rowing News

Check out  the time lapse film taken in a workshop in Killyleagh as the team of boat builders built their community Skiff.

This was part of the Narrows Challenges project  funded by DRAP and the PSNI.


Ardglass St Ayles Skiff Launch

Created on: Friday, 12 December 2014. Posted in: Projects News | Coastal Rowing News

A First for Ardglass The first of the nine coastal rowing boats being built by communities along the County Down Coast, was completed and launched this weekend at Ardglass Harbour.

The “Ardglass” , a St Ayles skiff, is the first of her kind seen in these waters and is a 22ft , 4 oar rowing boat. Looking very smart with her deep blue top plank over a white body, she was built by a team of dedicated volunteers as part of the Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership’s (SLLP’s) community coastal rowing project “The Narrows Challenges.”

Rickey Le Bloas, a boat...

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