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International rowing competition attracts thousands to Stranraer

This is the tenth year the event has been running. Credit: ITV Border

Thousands are taking part in the The Skiffie Coastal Rowing World Championships in Stranraer this week.

The competition requires teams to build their 'Skiff' coastal rowing boats before they take to Loch Ryan to race them.

The event has attracted 693 crews from 57 different clubs from around the world.

Participants from Scotland and England will be joined by teams from The Netherlands, The USA, Canada and Australia as they row two thousand meters on the open water.

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Princess Anne also attended the event on Monday as President of the Royal Yachting Association and started off the first race.

Princess Anne arriving in Stranraer. Credit: ITV Border
HRH attended the World 2019 St Ayles Skiff Championships at Stranraer Water Sports Association Boat House. Credit: ITV Border
Credit: ITV Border

This is the tenth anniversary for the Skiffie World Championships and Stranraer is delighted to be hosting this years event.

Locals say it will draw focus to water based activities and they hope it will encourage other national and international events to take place in the area.

“It all goes back to the ferries moving out of Stranraer. We recognised that while the loss of the ferries to the town would have an economic impact, it also opened up a large area of Loch Ryan for other uses, such as water sports.”

– Wendi Cuffe, Skiffies Organiser

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