Video: Scottish Coastal Rowing’s 40th Skiff

On Saturday morning, a special event took place in South Queensferry – the launch of the 40th St Ayles Skiff. Coastal rowing has grown from scratch in just over three years and there are clubs either already rowing or building their boats all around the country. It may have started as a way of preserving some of the traditional boat building skills which were in danger of being lost; but it’s now developed into a sport in its own right. The boats are also being sold overseas which means that, next year, there will be the first ever International Regatta. So what is it that’s persuaded so many communities around the coast to get involved.

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David Calder has been a broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Before moving to the Caledonian Mercury, he worked for the BBC (national and regional) as well as parts of ITV and the World Service. He worked for prestigious programmes such as The Money Programme, You & Yours, Today and The World at One. He spent two years making mini-documentaries for Radio 5 Live and was a regular correspondent for CBC (Radio Canada). He was a regular reporter on various news and current affairs programmes on BBC Scotland as well as producing or presenting (sometimes both) science, legal affairs and arts programmes. As well as his contributions to the Caledonian Mercury, he is also a freelance producer in Scotland for the satellite channel, Al Jazeera.