Skiff Racing Association

The Skiff Racing Association was formed in 1901 to provide a governing body for skiff racing, to ensure that a standard set of rules are applied for racing and boat construction.

A Thames racing skiff is a traditional handbuilt craft of a design which has been seen on the Thames and other waterways for over 100 years, and which remains virtually unchanged.

Skiff racing is kept alive by a small number of enthusiastic clubs, mostly based on the Thames, and by the efforts of those who organise regattas and other events throughout the year.

The Association is run by a committee elected from the affiliated clubs at an annual meeting. This committee meets several times a year to ensure that any issues regarding the application of rules can be dealt with and other matters relating to the promotion of the sport, the affiliated clubs and regattas can be discussed. A sub-committee deals specifically with the rules of racing and of the Association, and with the recruitment, training, testing and appointment of umpires for skiff racing.

The Association has close ties with British Rowing, and the rules of racing are based on those of BR closely enough that BR qualified umpires may also umpire skiff races.

Our site holds information on the following:

  • Listing of regattas for that year as well as a four year calendar of events.
  • Results of regattas won in the year and previous three years
  • Rules and policy updates
  • Club contact details and addresses
  • News