Stranraer prepares to host international rowing competition

The countdown to an international rowing competition in Stranraer is underway.

Teams from around the world will travel to Dumfries and Galloway in July to compete in the Coastal Rowing World Championships.

The town will play host to the famous SkiffieWorlds which sees colourful, traditionally-styled boats race.

It's the first time the community has held the event since its launch ten years ago.

Each team hand-crafts their own vessel, inspired by a traditional wooden rowing boat from the Fair Isles.

Up to 1000 competitors from across the globe are expected to attend, with more than 70 skiffs participating in the races.

Organisers hope it will bring thousands of visitors to the area.

The 2000m race will be held on Loch Ryan - a large, sheltered stretch of water on the coast of the Irish Sea.

RH The Princess Royal is scheduled to attend the first day. She opened the World Championships in Ullapool in 2013.

Princess Anne has been involved in the Stranraer St Ayles Skiff Project since she unveiled a plaque in May 2017 to mark the start of work on the boathouse.

  • Wendi Cuffe, SkiffieWorlds 2019

The list of teams competing:

  • All Aboard Watersport – England

  • Alnmouth Community Rowing – England

  • Arran CRC

  • Ayle of Quinte Skiff Club – Canada

  • Broughty Ferry Boating

  • Bunillidh RC

  • Catterline CRC

  • Crail RC

  • Cumbrae CRC

  • Dundrum CRC – Northern Ireland

  • Eastern ACRC

  • Eskmuthe Rowing Club

  • Findhorn CRC

  • Firth of Clyde RC

  • Gourdon CRC

  • Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, USA

  • Living Boat Trust – Tasmania

  • North Queensferry CRC

  • Orkney RC

  • Strangford CRC – Northern Ireland

  • Queensferry CRC

  • St Andrews CRC

  • Troon CRC

  • Ullapool CRC

  • WSV Woudrichem, Holland

The event runs from 8-13 July.