Anstruther Muster 2016 - Saturday 4th & Suday 5thJune

The Anstruther Muster is an annual gathering of sailing yachts, motor boats and other leaisure craft organised by Anstruther Sailing Club

The 2016 Muster was again be part of the Anstruther Harbour Festival, And the Festival will again include the Classic Boat Rally of historic yachts, motorboats and working boats, with information sheets on each boat displayed at the quayside - Saturday and Sunday.

Muster trophies awarded by Anstruther Sailing Club were:

  • Best Dressed Boat - won by Eck Anderson of Anstruther
  • Furthest Travelled Boat - won by 'Deianeira' skippered by Karl Abel from Arbroath
  • Oldest Boat - won by 'Deianeira' skippered by Karl Abel from Arbroath

Drianeara is a Pocket Sloop built of mahogany on oak by K & R Skentlebury in Plymouth in 1964, one of five or six similar yachts built by the yard as fore-runners to their highly successful “Saltram” line of yachts produced, later. She is a long-keeler with a modest cutaway and a transom-mounted rudder with 13Hp inboard Lister twin cylinder engine. Found on Ebay in September 2011 and bought sight unseen, she was moored up in a drying harbour near Caenarvon at the Southern mouth of the Menai straight. Lots of work and refurbishment later she was put back in the water in 2012.

Notice to mariners - for those thinking of bringing a boat to the Muster, there are a limited number of pontoon berths that can be booked with the harbourmaster on 01333 310836.

However no booking is needed for the berths on the wall of the outer harbour wall. Note also that the pontoon area practically dries and deep keel boats will need to lie against the harbour walls.

Since 2013 there has been a further row of pontooons on the outer wall of the inner harbour, hence this section of the quayside is no longer available to deep keel boats. Deep keel boats will still be able to lie against the wall of the outer harbour

The inner harbour wall at the middle pier is reserved for classic boats entered in the Muster's Classic Boat Rally.

For this year's Muster Simon Ward of Selcraig Marine  offered 'taster' sessions at the Boathouse pub/restaurant for the RYA courses he runs.

The Anstruther Muster was started in 1997, as a result of the Community Council striving to regenerate our harbour. It was recognised that leisure activity had to feature in any plans to bring life back to the waterfront, especially with a continuing pressure on the Scottish fishing industry. The Council decided to create an event which showed the community what 'yachties' could bring to 'Anster' and, at the same time, could show the sailing fraternity that Anstruther could be a very attractive base and destination for their cruising activities.

For photo galleries of previous Musters, see