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World Skiff Rowing Championships 2016

Strangford Lough and Lecale Partnership, Scottish Coastal Rowing Association, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and Ards and North Down Borough Council welcome communities from all over the world to Strangford Lough from 24 -30 July 2016, for the world community, coastal rowing championships Skiffie Worlds 2016

Starts: 24 Jul 2016

Ends: 30 Jul 2016

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Venue Town: Strangford Lough

Region: Northern Ireland

Canada, England, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Tasmania, USA, Wales will all be here with teams and followers bringing a truly international flavour to the six day rowing event featuring 22ft, traditionally styled, wooden St Ayles skiffs, rowed by teams of four people plus cox.

The championship course lies just off Delamont Country Park , at the mouth of the Quoile Estuary, and the Park's lovely, drumlin hills will provide perfect viewing for the thousands of people who will come to see this colourful show and join in the fun of the friendly but fierce competition, over six days from Monday 25 July to Saturday 30 July.

The course runs approximately parallel to the shore and the Quoile Estuary is the most sheltered part of the Lough, which has prevailing south westerly winds.

All of the St Ayles’ skiffs have been built within their communities, thanks to a system that allows even non specialist boat builders to produce a high specification, traditionally styled wooden, racing boat.

Each boat has its own colours and names that are evocative of their home-places. The building of them brought people together from all walks of life and of all ages. They symbolise the bonds that have been forged between people within communities and now through competition the shared maritime heritage that binds coastal people the world over.

County Down has become a centre for coastal rowing with seven clubs already established long the coast, from Donaghadee to Dundrum, and others being set up. Find out how hundreds of people rose to the challenge to build seven boats in less than a year at www.downcoastalrowing.org

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For more information visit: http://www.strangfordlough.org/skiffieworlds