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International rowing competition could 'unlock Stranraer's potential'

  • Video report from ITV News reporter Bruce McKenzie

Organisers say the major coastal rowing competition SkiffieWorlds could unlock Stranraer's 'full potential.'

Thousands of locals and tourists packed the streets of coastal town as the international event took place.

It is estimated that 30,000 people attended, with around 700 coastal rowing crews and 55 community clubs worldwide descending on the small Dumfries and Galloway community.

Each team prepared their own coastal rowing boat, or skiff, before taking to Loch Ryan to race against other clubs.

Stranraer hosts international coastal competition SkiffieWorlds. Credit: SkiffieWorlds

“For too long Stranraer has been talked down and Loch Ryan hasn’t shown its full potential, but we have the opportunity, now, to unlock that incredible potential."

– Wendi Cuffe Project Manager for SkiffieWorlds 2019

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The Princess Royal attended the event as President of the Royal Yachting Association and started off the first race.

This is the tenth anniversary for the SkiffieWorld Championships.

Princess Anne attends SkiffieWorlds. Credit: ITV Border

“Stranraer and Loch Ryan proved to be a stunning backdrop for SkiffieWorlds 2019. There was real energy and excitement for the event and that was demonstrated by the high number of visitors who flocked to Stranraer."

– Councillor Adam Wilson, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Events Champion