Kia Ora Koutou, Welcome to the O.A.R.S NELSON Website

OARS Nelson: Events

OARS Skiff at Split Apple Rock

O.A.R.S NELSON (co-op) is a newly formed local rowing group, set up in 2016 to foster coastal rowing in the Top of the South area using the St Ayles rowing Skiff as our "preferred touring rowing boat". Not only does our foundation group appreciate the great sea going properties of this dynamic boat, but we also support the underlying philosophy and intentions of the designer and supporters behind this boat.

To our group members the challenge includes building the boat as well as fostering community links and sharing ‘adventure row’ experiences with fellow boat users, be they from the local area, rowers from other locations in New Zealand, or overseas visitors who row the St. Ayles Skiff and would appreciate an opportunity to row in the Nelson region.

We are keen to coordinate a range of rowing challenges and ‘raids’, and intend to host an inaugural local raid of local and visiting skiffs in Abel Tasman National Park or the Marlborough Sounds as interest grows. 

 We invite interested parties to contact us using the website email contact address and “try before they buy” or even just "try"  by coming out with us for some trial rows in our co owned boat Toroa (Albatross) 

Please read more details about other aspects of our newly formed rowing group using the “by interest” tags at the top of the page. Who we are will provide a useful start as to how we intend to foster and grow traditional coastal rowing and more specifically the St Ayles fleet in Nelson. The calendar at above right shows any upcoming events.

For existing group members please note our new “sign up” calendar that gives notice and details of upcoming rows. All you need to do is to connect using a Gmail address and indicate your intention to participate in any rows calendared. Outings will be self regulated… skiffs will only go out with sufficient crews .. and insufficient interest will default the trip .. easy as!

In closing, again Welcome to the next exciting chapter in Nelson,New Zealand and Global coastal rowing - the ultimate (OARS) * Ocean Adventure Rowing Skiff * Experience …rowing  the St. Ayles Skiff.... or if you like something similar!