Swallows and Amazons plus Coffee!


Nothing quite like poking around in the mangroves on a Saturday morning, especially if it ends in good coffee and cakes.

This mornings row took us into the inner depths of Orakei and all the way to Palmers garden centre for our necessary coffee fix. We did make up for it with an extended row home… honest.

Its amazing a secret places you can find around our beautiful harbour for mini adventures.


Three Skiffs in the mist

Saturdays row was a rather foggy affair that required hugging the shoreline along the bays to St Hellier. Rangitoto island and the rest of Auckland had simply disappeared!


Not deterred by the weather, Three St Ayles skiffs embarked on a wonderful row in silky calm waters and of course the coffee was good.


Introducing Rowing in Wellington


After a quick road trip this weekend, Thanks to Damian and John, Wellington now has its very own St Ayles skiff, appropriately in Hurricanes yellow!


What better way to celebrate long drive to Wellington than with a quick row to stretch the muscles,


Congratulation David and Alan, It’s fantastic to have a group in Wellington

Those of you who were part of the 2016 Kiwi Raid might remember David and Alan, they joined us for the last few days and obviously hooked on this St Ayles lark returned again recently for a mini Raid to Rotoroa island where thoughts of a Wellington boat were hatched. A creative bunch those Wellingtonians they have even managed to score a shed close to the sea, appropriately named studio 5 Art Base !

For more info or if you’d like to join them for a row contact,

David Stimpson,





Mahurangi Regatta 2017

Another fine Mahurangi regatta. We took a load of new people out for rows, showed off a bit of pace with some sprints up and down the beach and rowed out to watch some very exciting classic yacht racing.

Mark Robinson (St Ayles builder extraordinaire ) took out first equal in the small dinghy rowing race, Rowing a lovely little clinker he designed and built.