Boatbuilding students from Falmouth Marine School have completed the restoration of a 40-year-old Cornish rowing association skiff.

It is believed to have been built by Falmouth boat builder Dicky George, and was rescued from decrepitude on the Isles of Scilly by local boat builder, Dave Cockwell.

One of the students who worked on the project is retired Bill Sharpe from Truro, who previously served 36 years in the Army. “The skiff was very tired and neglected when it came to us, but underneath was a beautiful boat with great lines," he said. "We reinforced the structure and gave her a complete refurbishment, which revealed the beautiful slops and design."

Dave, owner of Cockwells Boatbuilders, supplied all the materials and replenished Falmouth Marine School’s stores, to further support the students.

He said: “I am very impressed with the standard of work carried out by the students. I have provided them with a few live projects over the years as I believe it’s important to support the next generation of skilled boatbuilders."

Cockwells boatbuilders currently employ two boatbuilding students part-time to fit in around their studies, together with employing over 70 employees, many of whom are previous Falmouth Marine School students.

Programme manager at Falmouth Marine School, Jonny Mills said: “It’s great for us and our students that we have strong relationships with the local industry.

"This is one of a number of collaborative projects that we are currently undertaking with the local marine sector, which helps students to gain practical work experience, and is a showcase for their developing talents. It also assists them with employment either alongside their course or on completion.”