At Langstone Cutters we have always called our big grp boats Clayton Skiffs. Everyone does. I assumed that the word 'Claydon' on the silver cup awarded at the Great River Race was simple engraver error.
Philip Cunningham of Manningtree Witchoars has sent me a clipping from the East Anglian Daily Times dated June 3, 1991, which describes the first race of five new 'Claydon' skiffs up the River Deben.
The fleet was made for the Alexandra Towing Company in Felixtowe. Crews from many local companies rowed them extremely aggressively.
A couple of members of the original crews have been in touch, so more tomorrow.