We’ve built Ice Breaker & Jenny Skylark, two five person rowing skiffs, for everyone in Portobello to row for fun, exercise & racing. The boats are St Ayles Skiffs, designed by internationally renowned small boat designer Iain Oughtred for the Scottish Coastal Rowing Project.
The boats are part of a fleet of skiffs around Scotland and beyond. Owned on behalf of the community, the boats are kept in the boat park on the Prom at the foot of Bath Street. We row off Portobello beach and take the boats to regattas across Scotland.
We row for exercise, for sociability and the joy of being on the water. For many of us the fun of competition is also important, racing against similar clubs around Scotland end elsewhere – all competing in similar St Ayles skiffs. Like everyone we like to win, but if we don’t we still get a buzz. The regatta season runs from May to September, and in summer we also do longer rowing journeys with other clubs, e.g. to Inchkeith, Bass Rock or on the River Tweed. Club rowing sessions take place around the year benefitting from Portobello Beach, which allows launching at all states of the tide.
Rowporty is open to everyone (over 16) – absolutely no rowing experience required.
- Saturday training sessions
- Sunday social rowing including introductory sessions for novices
- Tuesday afternnoons – social rowing with the “Ancient Mariners”
- Wednesday Dawn Raiders
- Friday morning sessions
- Various days – training in age groups
We’d love to have you on board – join us!