Chippy McNish and St Baldred attended the flatwater Scottish Rowing Championships at Strathclyde Country Park, to show the St Ayles skiff to the sliding seat rowing community.  With most of the St Ayles fleet busy at Cockenzie and Port Seton Regatta, it was second boats from North Berwick and Royal West that attended.

The boats sat slightly lower in the fresh water, but with no waves, that did not really pose much of a problem.  The race was from the finish line of the Olympic standard course, up to the 250m mark, with a 180 degree starboard turn followed by a sprint back to the finish.  Our river racing friends were surprised at the turn of speed.  North Berwick borrowed a couple of slide seat rowers, and just managed to overhaul a gutsy young crew from Royal West, who promise much for the future.