Eyemouth rowing project wins EBDA award

Eastern Border Development Association representatives present the 2012 EBDA award to Eyemouth Community Rowing Project in a ceremony in Berwick Town Hall
Eastern Border Development Association representatives present the 2012 EBDA award to Eyemouth Community Rowing Project in a ceremony in Berwick Town Hall

SINCe starting up two years ago, Eyemouth Community Rowing project has been anything but all at sea, going from strength to strength and building a real profile for itself in the town and beyond.

And the efforts of those involved were recognised last week when the Eastern Borders Development Association presented them with the 2011 EDBA award.

At a ceremony in Berwick Guild Hall, the Association paid tribute to the members of the Community Rowing Project who are currently gearing up for another important occasion, the Diamond Jubilee pageant on the River Thames in June.

The Project was started up in March 2010 as part of a Scottish Fisheries Museum initiative to reintroduce inter-community rowing around the Scottish coastline.

The key values were to involve communities in building the boats (skiffs) which involved approximately 500 man hours; rowing them and attracting new people to use the sea for fun and fitness.

The aim was to foster inter-generational and inter-community links and with members of all ages, this has certainly been achieved with Eyemouth Community Rowing Project.

After raising £1350 to purchase the necessary kit and acquiring a shed from Scottish Borders Council to use as a construction base, it was full steam ahead.

Local retired boatbuilders teamed up with volunteers to bring the Eyemouth boat to life. The finished article was named Unity to reflect the work done by the community in raising the money to get the project off the ground; building the skiff and then racing her. And following the Rowing Project’s lead, further skiffs have been built by Eyemouth High School and the St Abbs community.