rowingthewaves – Shieldaig and Ullapool Surveys

when things get confusing…

Because we like a challenge, we’re running two surveys simultaneously.

The first, is for Ullapool Regatta attendees, the second is for Shieldaig Regatta attendees.

What makes it worse is that the surveys include the same questions!

To help keep things clear, the surveys have different links, and different passwords:

for those who attended #Ullapool regatta in July the link is:   and the password is ‘rowing

for those who attended #Shieldaigregatta in August the link is:  and the password is ‘shieldaig

We would be very grateful if you would spare the time to complete the surveys – they should each take around 10 minutes to complete!

Thank you very much for your support with this – hopefully see you soon!
Nina and Jen,

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SouthWest Scotland Challenge – The Trophy

South West Challenge 2017 the trophy (1)

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SCRA Picnic Loch Lomond 24 September 2017

While some take the High Road, and others take the Low Road, we will be taking to the water to meet you at Luss on the Bonny Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond.

The day after Castle to Crane, we have the 2017 SCRA Picnic, which will be held on the beach at Luss on Loch Lomond between 1230 and 1345 on Sunday 24 September.  We hope that many coastal rowers will migrate inland to enjoy the company which is being assembled.  It is a grand opportunity for those who prefer a life less competitive, for those who did not manage to get a seat in their club boats for C2C, clubs who sadly missed out on a spot for their St Ayles in the Glasgow Cup, and those who have travelled a long way to row in Scotland, and rightly feel they should get as much rowing in as they can while they are in the area!

Luss, looking SE. Photo from Ian Mills

As illustrated by Ian Mills’ photos the Loch is a stunningly beautiful place which has to be explored by boat.  The Loch is the largest body of fresh water by surface area in Great Britain, so there is plenty of scope for exploration.

The SCRA picnic is self supported on the water and each crew is entirely responsible for getting themselves safely to the picnic site by water, and for that matter determining that their boat is suitable for the trip and the conditions are bearable by the crew.

Boats should launch at the Duncan Mills Memorial Slipway, Pier Road, Balloch G83 8QX (tel 01389 722030, Ch16 and Ch80).   A fee will be payable if the slip is used, but will not be payable if you are able to lift your boat off its trailer and carry it over onto the beach at Loch Lomond shores.  It is approximately 12km to row from there to Luss.

Loch Lomond Sailing Club are a friendly bunch but are very busy that weekend with a big dinghy championships, so please don’t try to launch at the sailing club, as you will very much get in the way.


Bring your own picnics, and impress other crews with your culinary excellence.  If you have forgotten the mayo there is a shop in Luss, and there are cafes for the purchase of hot drinks.  Non rowing friends can of course catch up with you in Luss which is just off the A82, and it is of course possible to change crews for the return journey, or indeed swap crew members with other clubs.

Meet on the beach North of the pier (leaving the pier clear for the ferry).  We should try to make a spectacle of a mass depart together at 1.45.


Be Aware of the Loch Lomond Bye-Laws, which include a chapter on navigation.

OS Map:  Landranger Sheet 56 covers the whole loch at 1:50000

Admiralty Chart:  5077, if you are lucky enough to find a copy, covers the Loch.

Loch Lomond Guide to Navigation:  This is the most useful resource, a series of chartlets with all the information you will need to navigate.  We are looking for it online, but have not found it.  Try ordering a copy by phoning the national park on 01389 722030

VHF:  Channel 9.  Keep a listening watch on this channel and use it to call other craft in the fleet

Most importantly, please make sure you make a good impression on behalf of all coastal rowers, and leave the beach and loch at least as pristine as you find it, or more pristine than you find it if it needs it.



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Ullapool Survey by rowingthewaves

Dear Ullapool regatta attendees!


We were hoping that you could spare 10-15 minutes to complete a short questionnaire about how much you spent attending the regatta. Please share with team members who also attended.

Don’t worry – this survey is entirely anonymous, and we do not ask for any personal information. We’re asking these questions because we are interested in the economic impact of hosting/attending a regatta.

We are interested in your individual costs – not group costs. For example, if you got a lift and paid £20 petrol money we only want to know about the £20, not what a whole tank would cost. Feel free to write down any additional bits of information in the comment boxes such as the additional costs of bringing children, towing the skiff…etc. Estimates are fine!

Here is the link to the survey:

Please contact us for the access password!

Please remember that this survey relates to ULLAPOOL REGATTA, 8th-9th of July, 2017.

If you have any queries about what we are doing you can contact us on twitter: @RowingTheWaves, on our project email: or you can email Jen directly:, information on the project can be found here;


Thank you very much for your support with this – hopefully see you soon!


Nina and Jen,

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Broughty Ferry 2017 Regatta Results

Results from Broughty Ferry regatta are in the link below.  The above photo from Ian Mills is of the mixed open.

Results – Broughty Ferry Boating Regatta 2017 (1)

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Shieldaig Regatta and Fete Results

A great turnout for one of our more remote and scenic regattas.  Well done to Avoch who narrowly beat Ullapool to win the overall points competition.  Great to see Lochcarron competing a the regatta, the first of many we hope, and welcome to all the other competing teams too.

There is a great wee bit of drone footage to be found on the Regatta facebook page.





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Seabhag in Lamlash Bay by Flecks Walker on

John Barraclough from Arran captured this image of Seabhag in Lamlash Bay.

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Partan by Nick Hood on

The Crail skiff Partan seen out on the water today.


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Iona First Regatta

Iona First Regatta (1)

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Arran Coastal Rowing Club at Royal West Regatta

ACRC at Greenock Regatta

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