Skiff Sailing

Skiffs have been around since the nineteenth century, with the most famous of these flat-bottomed boats appearing in the novel, Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Traditionally only one person or a small crew sailed in them, but nowadays the term covers a number of different craft, although they are mainly simple, little wooden boats used for rowing on lakes, ponds or rivers. Racing skiffs is now a high performance competitive sport, with the Skiff Championships Regatta held annually on the River Thames and skiffs up to 18-feet long competing within the UK National Championships. .