In June 2020, Wivenhoe Sailing Club became proud owners of a Whitehall Skiff – “Linnet” – a handsome and seaworthy 14ft 6in. rowing skiff, which is designed to be easy to row on coastal waters. She is based on the Whitehall Skiff, a traditional American design used on the Hudson River in New York, although reputed to have originated on the River Thames in the 18th Century.

Built of GRP construction, by (and for) Brian Kennel Boatbuilders, she can be rowed with either single or doubles sculls (two oars per person), coxed or un-coxed. “Linnet” has a distinguished history, having already competed in three 21-mile Great River Races up the Thames.

To support the use of “Linnet” by members, WSC has formed a Rowing Section. COVID procedures and guidance has been developed and are being followed to make “Linnet” available for members to try out, and following an induction, book for social rows over each tide.

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