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When we Row!

We offer Show & Row sessions on a Saturday between 9-12md and Tuesday between 9.30-12md.   If you would like to come along and try it out or just see what's involved you will be made very welcome.

Rowing is available to all members during daylight hours all year round, weather and availability of skiffs depending.

Becoming a member gives you full access to all of the Royal Tay Yacht Clubs facilities and not just rowing!

Please contact us if you would like to find out more about rowing.

We offer Show and Row sessions most Saturdays between 9-12AM if you'd like to come along and try it out or just see what's involved.

Rowing calendar

History of Rowing at Broughty Ferry

In the 1950's Broughty Ferry Boating was a vibrant rowing club on the Tay and with the interest generated with the formation of the SCRA, the Royal Tay Yacht Club have recently resurrected the famous name as part of its commitment to the upsurge in coastal rowing across the country and beyond.

The Scottish Coastal Rowing Association was formed in 2010 to encourage boat building, rowing and racing of coastal rowing boats around the Scottish Coastline.

Our first Skiff "Brochty" was built in the Spring and Summer of 2014 and launched on 31st August 2014 our second skiff "Arthur Nicoll" was built in the Winter and Spring of 2015 and launched on 19th April 2015.

With two beautifully hand crafted Skiffs available our membership has grown steadily.

River Tay - Perth to Wormit Row April 2023

The annual Perth to Wormit Row took place on Saturday 15th April and along with 11 other clubs our skiff, Arthur Nicoll, was on the starting line amidst much excitement and chatter on the shore before launching.

The 12 St Ayles Skiffs taking part in this Annual Event were Wormit, Crail, BFB, Ellie, Kinghorn, Loch Tay, Newburgh, Perth, St Andrews, Anstruther and Troon.

Broughty Ferry Boating had eighteen members taking part in this event and for some it was their first club outing!   A further three of our members assisted Perth Rowing Club in their boat the Silvery Pearl.

The day started at Perth Sailing Club where rowing conditions were perfect with no wind and the sun shining down on us.  After a quick look under the Friarton Bridge all skiffs launched and set off about 11.00am.  The first crew enjoyed a pleasant 7-mile row basking in the sunshine and beautiful scenery of the Tay, before a quick crew change at Newburgh.  Tea, coffee and cakes were on hand and much appreciated by the crew!

A 9-mile row then commenced to Balmerino under the control of Captain Shand who had his crew practicing 360 turns on their way down.  On their arrival at Balmerino another crew was ready to jump in and then swiftly set off to Wormit.  It was lovely to see other club members turn up to support the crews.

Arriving in Wormit all our hungry rowers were offered an amazing spread of soup, sandwiches, freshly made pancakes and lots of cakes, which was first class and enjoyed in the sunshine. It was so good to see all the clubs getting together and enjoying the day.

Arthur Nicol was then rowed back to the Ferry by the final crew where in true Broty style the wind picked up for a slightly choppier home leg!

A truly great day enjoyed by all our rowers and a perfect start to the rowing season. Many thanks to Wormit for hosting the event and organising the sunshine!

 A special mention to all the Clubs on each stop and their hospitality, great camaraderie between all.  Personally after a 9 mile row Im still able to walk today but a great day and not to be missed next year.   Ken Brechin  


St Ayles Skiff World Championship - Skiffie Worlds 2022

Kortgene, The Netherlands

25 June to 2 July 2022

Fourteen adults and five youths, along with Arthur Nicoll our skiff, made up Team Broughty Ferry Boating for the 2022 Skiffie Worlds and travelled to Kortgene in the Netherlands.

The event was organised by the Dutch St Ayles Skiff Rowing Association (DARA) and Veerse Meer Services (VMS) who are affiliated to St Ayles Skiff International (SASI)

Kortgene sits directly on the Veerse Meer where the racing took place.

The Dutch hospitality was amazing and they even managed to arrange some very warm, sunny weather.

Fifty four clubs participated three from England, five from Northern Ireland, one from Canada, three from USA, eighteen from the Netherlands and twenty four from Scotland.

Racing was extremely competitive with races being won or lost within seconds in many cases. We reached the finals in Women 60+, Women 50+, Women 40+, Open Women, Under 26 Men, Under 17 Mixed, Under 19 Mixed and Mixed Open.

However, it was GOLD for the Mixed 40+ crew, the Under 17 Men and Under 19 Men with the Over 280 Women gaining a BRONZE. After a bit of a delay issuing the overall final results Broughty Ferry Boating were fifth equal in the World! A brilliant achievement and superb team effort from such a small pool of rowers and we're super proud of each and everyone!

Last updated 16:20 on 2 July 2024

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